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FOUR FOR BAYER 04!
A scoreline they'll love at Leverkusen as substitute Paulinho is slipped in behind and he makes no mistake with his first involvement from the bench.
WINDING DOWN THE CLOCK
There will be no goal for the Leverkusen striker as he's withdrawn with about 20 minutes to go.
Probably the only thing missing from this performance from a Leverkusen perspective is a Schick goal. He gets his head onto a cross from the right but can't keep it down. Moments later he gets another chance left of goal, but it's a tame effort.
CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN!
Jeremie Frimpong Tobias Mohr
STARS OF THE DAY
Three points in the bag now for Leverkusen? The stats suggest so, but there's still 30 minutes to go...
BEEN HERE BEFORE
Frimpong scored his other two goals this season in Leverkusen's only previous win of the campaign against Mainz. Another brace from him looks to have done the job for the second three points.
Scintillating stuff from Bayer. From their own box to the other in a matter of seconds. Diaby bringing the ball through the middle, Frimpong darts between centre-backs as the ball goes straight into his path and the defender bags his brace with a left-footed finish to the bottom corner.
10 times under pressure
Not very surprising to see Mohr withdrawn after that first half. Ouwejan is on in his place. Polter is also replaced by Aydin, a right-back by trade. But he may play a little further forward ahead of Brunner.
Leverkusen's statistical probability of winning this game was 55% at kick-off - compared to 21% for Schalke. After those two quickfire goals at the end of this game, their Win Probability has risen to 94%. The visitors now have a one in 100 chance of victory.
FRIMPONG THE GOALSCORER
Third goal of the campaign for the Dutchman, making him Leverkusen's joint top scorer with Kerem Demirbay. Frimpong had scored just once in his Bundesliga career before this season.
And just like that Leverkusen are two to the good. Superb play from Hudson-Odoi to burst through the middle and move it out right to Diaby. He sees Frimpong on the overlap, plays it into his path and the Dutchman taps it across Schwolow and inside the far post.
16TH TIME'S THE CHARM
After scoring 13 times last season, it's taken Diaby 16 attempts and nine games this term to open his account.
From almost nothing, a harmless ball into the feet of Diaby 30 yards out in the centre. He drives at the Schalke defence, shifts it onto his stronger left and unleashes an unstoppable effort past a stranded Schwolow to bring the first goal of the Alonso era at the BayArena.
It's been an entertaining game so far with plenty of attacking intent from Bayer, but 0-0 is still a fair score.
STILL NOT DESERVING OF A GOAL
Frimpong is going to feature prominently in Mohr's nightmares tonight. Again the Leverkusen man spins his opponent, this time reaching the by-line before the cutback. Aranguiz attempts the back heel at the near post but ends up flicking it against his hand.
CHANCES COMING NOW
A slip from Flick on the halfway line allows Diaby to race away down that dangerous right flank. He squares for Schick arriving on the edge. He's got Hudson-Odoi outside him but goes for goal. Deflected and over. Last season's second-top scorer then heads the corner well wide.
SO FAR, SO GOOD
Leverkusen had conceded four times in the first 15 minutes over the first eight matchdays. They haven't even faced a shot today. But at the same time they've only fashioned one attempt of their own.
The Schalke striker needs some treatment. Players take the chance for a drink and Alonso seems to have an individual discussion with each of his players.
Eight of Leverkusen's 12 entries into the final third have come down the wide right.
Guess who the foul was on? Tapsoba with the ball over the top down the right. Frimpong knocks it past one man before Yoshida comes flying across and cleans him up before the Dutchman can reach the box. Clear yellow, no complaints.
BALL IN THE NET...
The roof would've come off the BayArena if this had counted. A free-kick into the Schalke box ricochets around before falling to Aranguiz 20 yards. A sweet first-time hit from the Chilean's left foot finds the top corner, but the referee's whistle goes for a foul against Hincapie in build-up.
It's all going through the right wing-back so far. He's picked out again and with acres of space to run into bursts away. Only a trip from the backtracking Bülter can stop him.
Same again as Frimpong turns Mohr on the halfway line and is away. Ball ahead of him into the box for Diaby to run onto. He hits it first time on his weaker right foot and can only find the side netting.
Less than a minute in and we've already seen Leverkusen fly up down the right twice with Frimpong and Diaby. No tiki-taka from the former pass-master yet, just get forward as quickly as possible.
HERE'S THE NEW BOSS
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WATCH: INSIDE THE SCHALKE CHANGING ROOM
S04 TEAM NEWS
Schalke coach Kramer opts for three changes to his starting Xi today, with Cedric Brunner, Leo Greiml and Tobias Mohr all making it in to the Royal Blues defence.
BAYER TEAM NEWS
Xabi Alonso makes one change to the Leverkusen side that lost to Porto in the Champions League during the week, with Mitchel Bakker replacing Adam Hlozek, who drops to the bench. Meanwhile, the new Bayer boss opts for a back three of Hincapie, Tapsoba and Tah.
Lunev, Kossounou, Paulinho, Demirbay, Amiri, Adli, Sinkgraven, Hlozek, Fosu-Mensah
BAYER STARTING XI
Hradecky (c) - Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Aranguiz, Bakker - Diaby, Schick, Hudson-Odoi
Fährmann, Ouwejan, Larsson, Latza, Karaman, Mollet, Aydin, Kral, Matriciani
SCHALKE STARTING XI
Schwolow - Brunner, Greiml, Yoshida, Mohr - Krauß, Flick - Polter, Drexler, Bülter - Terodde (c)
"POSITIVE RESULT" DRIVES KRAMER
XABI WANTS INTENSITY
B04 have just one win and five points to show for their eight top-flight games thus far but that could soon change with a new man at the helm. "I want us to play modern football, be dominant, intense and dynamic," former Bayern Munich midfielder Alonso explained. “The players should enjoy and like how they’re playing. We want the stadium to be packed and to have a great atmosphere. We want the crowd to be pushing us.”
XABI ALONSO IS READY
Welcome one and all to today's coverage of what looks set to be a Bundesliga belter between Leverkusen and Schalke. The added spice in the mix arrives in the form of new Bayer coach, Xabi Alonso! A legend of the game is set to take charge of his first match at the BayArena and we're here for it.