Leverkusen win, Cologne draw in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-25 09:54:04|Editor: Yurou
Video PlayerClose

BERLIN, Sep. 24 (Xinhua) -- Kevin Volland's brace helped Bayer Leverkusen beat Hamburg 3-0 while newly promoted Hannover shared the spoils with Cologne following a goalless draw at the closer of the 6th round in Bundesliga on Sunday.

Bayer Leverkusen recorded their second win of the season after overcoming harmless Hamburg 3-0 on home soil. Kevin Volland's and Lucas Alario's first-half goals smoothed the way for the win.

Hamburg worked out the first chance of the game but yet it were the hosts who broke the deadlock with 20 minutes played as Leon Bailey headed into the path of Volland, who volleyed home the opener from 13 meters.

The hosts capitalized on their momentum from the opener and doubled the lead three minutes later as Bailey's second assist of the day allowed summer signing Lucas Alario to tap home the 2-0 lead.

As the match progressed, Hamburg gained a foothold into the game. They were still unable to reduce the arrears, as Andre Hahn and Bobby Wood pulled wide from promising positions.

Leverkusen should have tripled the lead before the break but Admir Mehmedi missed the target from five meters in the 36th minute.

After the restart, Hamburg increased their efforts meanwhile Leverkusen retracted with the two-goal lead. However, Andre Hahn was only able to rattle the side netting before Volland sealed the deal after Alario's found the German international inside the box in the 83rd minute.

With the victory, Bayer Leverkusen climbed on the 10th place of the standings after reaping the second win of the season meanwhile Hamburg suffered their fourth consecutive loss to slump to the 15th position.

"We were very efficient in front of Hamburg's goal which made the difference today. We were careless after the 2-0 and almost handed over control," Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich said.

Elsewhere, Cologne were able to avoid the sixth loss in as many games after holding newly promoted and unbeaten Hannover to a goalless draw after 90 minutes.

Despite the draw, the "Billy Goats" remain on the last place of the table whereas Hannover stay on the 4th place.