Bayer 04 Leverkusen put in a spirited display away to local rivals 1. FC Köln on Wednesday evening, but ultimately return home with a point following a 1-1 draw.
1. FC Köln 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Derby fixtures between these teams rarely disappoint and this was no exception. The game began at a furious pace and although Leverkusen looked to have gained the upper hand, with Julian Brandt causing problems early on, it was Köln who took the lead when Anthony Modeste scored a superb opener, firing in a first-time effort from Frederik Sörensen's cross. However, Wendell restored parity just before the break when he tucked the ball into the corner from Kai Havertz's delightful chipped pass.
Leverkusen were the better side in the second period, and again Brandt was at the heart of their best attacking moves. He was involved in the clearest goalscoring opportunity too, teeing up Havertz, who could only shoot wide. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez was brought on to give the visitors extra incision in the final third, but even the Mexican was unable to find a way through, leaving both sides with a point.