Bundesliga

Confidence high as Leverkusen look to build on historic recovery

As Hakan Calhanoglu placed the ball on the penalty spot in the final seconds of Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 3-3 draw at FC Augsburg on Saturday, and took a few steps back, his team-mate Karim Bellarabi had no doubts.

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"He puts it in every time in training, so we knew he'd score this one too," Bellarabi said. Thanks to the Turkey international midfielder's reliable response, Leverkusen snatched a draw which felt like much more than just a point.

"It's a victory for our team spirit," said FIFA World Cup winner Christoph Kramer. Indeed, after an hour had been played, Leverkusen looked like their morale would instead be dented further with a fourth straight defeat. Bellarabi's first Bundesliga goal since 24 October then gave Leverkusen a glimmer of hope, and the confidence came flooding back.

"Suddenly we were able to put together ten passes," Kramer said. For the first time ever, Leverkusen managed to recover from a three-goal deficit to draw a Bundesliga fixture. "The morale the team showed was outstanding," said assistant coach Markus Krösche, who was standing in for the last time for suspended head coach Roger Schmidt.