Kevin Volland scored the only goal of the game as Bayer Leverkusen extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a win at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals: 0-1 Volland (76')
Both sides were looking to attack with pace in the opening stages, but neither were able to manage sustained spells of possession or pressure to make that early breakthrough. Both Marc Stendera and Lucas Alario had efforts for their sides from inside the box, but nether were able to test the opposition goalkeeper. With half an hour on the clock, Eintracht had had the majority of the chances and managed to keep the Leverkusen attack at bay, Frankfurt skipper David Abraham expertly marshalling his fellow Argentine Alario. However, Leverkusen rallied before the break and came close three times within the space of a couple of minutes as Alario headed a Julian Brandt free-kick against the post. This was then followed up by Brandt blasting over from 10 yards when in space before Alario struck the other post after a pull-back from the right.
Marius Wolf had an early effort for the hosts after the break, but his shot went wide of Bernd Leno’s goal in the only shot in anger before the hour mark. Ante Rebic then had a volley after controlling a ball from Sebastien Haller with his chest, but Leno was ideally placed for a strong reaction save. It was, however, Leverkusen who struck first with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. Kevin Volland was in acres of space at the far post from Admir Mehmedi’s cross to simply power past goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky – Salcedo (Hrgota 87'), Abraham (c), Falette – Wolf, Stendera (Kamada 67'), Gacinovic, Boateng, Willems – Haller, Rebic
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Fernandes, Jovic, Hasebe, Tawatha
Coach: Niko Kovac
Bayer Leverkusen: Leno - Retsos, L. Bender, Tah – Havertz, Aranguiz, Kohr, Brandt (Ramalho 85'), Mehmedi – Volland (Kießling 90'), Alario (Bellarabi 67')
Unused subs: Özcan, Baumgartlinger, Pohjanpalo, Frey
Coach: Heiko Herrlich
- Frankfurt were unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games coming into this, Leverkusen in their last seven.These teams have met 65 times in the Bundesliga and the fixture has never produced a 0-0 draw. A total of 199 goals have been scored across those matches.The Eagles lost their first two home games of the season, but have taken seven points from their last three outings at the Commerzbank Arena.Leverkusen have scored at least once in each of their last 18 Bundesliga games, the longest current streak in the league.Visiting striker Kevin Volland has already scored eight goals this term, more than he managed in the entire 2016/17 campaign.Heiko Herrlich's team have now won two of their six away matches so far this season.