Europa League: Best marks for Diaby and coach Seoane after Leverkusen’s 4-0 victory


In the Europa League, Bayer Leverkusen is aiming for group victory in Group G. In a clear 4-0 win over pursuers Betis Sevilla, the Werkself were well recovered after five competitive games without a win.

The BILD single review.

Lukas Hradecky: The Finn saved Bayer from falling behind with a super reflex against Fekir (35th). He steered Bartra’s header (85th) out of the corner. An uncertainty in a replay. Grade 2.

Jeremie Frimpong: Once again an enormous amount of running work for the right-back, who was clearly offside when he scored the alleged 1-0. This time didn’t allow anything defensively. Grade 2.



Jonathan Tah (r.) Held Leverkusen’s defense tightPhoto: Getty Images

Jonathan Tah: An absolutely convincing performance by the defense chief. Grade 2.

Edmond Tapsoba: Without question – that was the Burkin’s best performance after his long injury. Grade 2.

Piero Hincapie: The Ecuadorian had to bite through in this game, clearly better than the Wolfsburg game. Was a little lucky that he was not offside when Wirtz shot before the 2-0. Note 3.

Robert Andrich: It’s a shame that Frimpong was sidelined with his great pass. Made a bad pass that Betis almost punished 0-1. Nevertheless: The ex-Unioner is becoming more and more important with his mentality in the game of Leverkusen. Grade 2.


Kerem Demirbay in the clinch with Nabil Fekir (right), both players saw the red card

Kerem Demirbay in the clinch with Nabil Fekir (right), both players saw the red cardPhoto: Getty Images

Kerem Demirbay: For a long time, the strategist made a very decent appearance, but it was tarnished by the unnecessary red card in stoppage time. Demirbay had let Fekir provoke him and then lost his nerve himself. Grade 4.

Paulinho: He switched quickly after losing the ball from Betis 1-0. Otherwise without a game-critical scene, but very useful for the team. Note 3.

Moussa Diaby: Chapeau! The French scored the 1-0 volley with the right, the 2-0 with the left, prepared the 3-0 for Wirtz in a dream and also put Amiri on the 4-0 deliberately. In addition, he constantly supported the full-backs. The last pause for thought in the Bundesliga against Wolfsburg because of a yellow card suspension seemed to have particularly motivated him. The answer was simply world class. Note 1.


Florian Wirtz pushes Baöll to make it 3-0 for Leverkusen

Florian Wirtz pushes Baöll to make it 3-0 for LeverkusenPhoto: INA FASSBENDER / AFP

Florian Wirtz: At first he was still looking for his role as a hanging tip, but then became the door opener with his dream flank on Diaby, with which he initiated almost every attack afterwards. Ice cold, as the national player sank the chip ball from Diaby to 3-0. His third goal in the current competition. Grade 2.

Amine Adli: Yes, the Frenchman still has to be more determined in his graduation. Yes, Adli still has to keep her head up in one situation or another. But what the boy has is heart. The way he fought for the ball twice in the Betis penalty area before the 2-0 win was great. In addition, the “emergency center forward” showed great willingness to run. Grade 2.

Exequiel Palacios (from the 68th minute for Paulinho): Solid performance by the last form poor Argentinian. Initiated the fourth Bayer goal in a duo with Diaby. Note 3.

Nadiem Amiri (from the 77th minute for Adli): Was there after Diaby’s pass and scored the 4-0, the goal should be a relief for him after difficult weeks as a reservist. Without a note.

Daley Sinkgraven (from the 77th minute for Hincapie): Hold the left side tight. After the Bakker failure, suddenly an important alternative again. Without a note.

Odilon Kossounou (from 88th minute for Wirtz) and Panagiotis Retsos (from 88th minute for Frimpong): Both were allowed to sniff the European Cup air. Without a note.

Trainer Gerardo Seoane: The Swiss returned to the back four against the 3-4-3 against Wolfsburg, changed the offensive and brought Adli to the top for the ailing Alario, behind which Wirtz whirled. A successful measure. In addition, Bayer played very compactly and for the first time since the 4-0 win in Bielefeld they did not concede a goal. Note 1.

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