Leverkusen reap first win, Leipzig ties in German Bundesliga

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-24 05:38:30|Editor: yan
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BERLIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Leipzig's Emil Forsberg ensured a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt and Kai Havertz' second-half goal secured Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 victory over Mainz to close the 4th round in Bundesliga on Sunday.

Leipzig earned their second draw of the season as Emil Forsberg converted a penalty to cancel out Gelson Fernandes' first-half opener.

Both sides started highly motivated yet it were the hosts who came to their first chances as Timo Werner saw his goal ruled offside before he tested Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a shot on target in the 16th minute.

However, it took Frankfurt only one attempt to break the deadlock as Gelson Fernandes tapped home a rebound from Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with 26 minutes played.

The visitors gained momentum and should have extended the lead but neither Luka Jovic nor Fernandes were able to turn in promising opportunities moments later.

After the restart, Leipzig made amendments and assumed control of the ball. The host's efforts paid off nine minutes into the second half as Filip Kostic's hand ball inside the box allowed substitute Emil Forsberg to restore parity from the spot.

Leipzig almost turned the tides but Forsberg's sideways scission-kick missed the target while Werner and Willi Orban failed to connect to a cross across the goal at the hour mark.

Werner remained in the thick of things as he squandered the golden chance to grab the lead from eight meters in the 71st minute.

As the match progressed, Frankfurt regained control of the proceedings but Leipzig's goalkeeper Gulacsi denied Danny da Costa and substitute Ante Rebic in the closing period.

With the stalemate, Leipzig stay on the 10th place meanwhile Frankfurt slumped to the 13th position of the Bundesliga standings.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen wrapped up their first victory of the season after ending Mainz' unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on home soil.

The "Werkself" dominated the first half but lacked in accuracy to open the scoring. Mainz turned up after the half-time but Leverkusen's Kai Havertz shocked the visitors with the winner in the 62nd minute.

Sandro Schwarz' men piled on the pressure but they were unable to avoid the first loss of the season.

With the result, Bayer Leverkusen climb on the 15th position whereas Mainz slipped to the 7th place.