Bundesliga: Kai Havertz maintains scoring form as Bayer Leverkusen overcome Freiburg 1-0

Kai Havertz scored his fifth goal since the Bundesliga restart to lift Bayer Leverkusen to a 1-0 win over Freiburg.

The Associated Press May 30, 2020 09:07:45 IST
Bundesliga: Kai Havertz maintains scoring form as Bayer Leverkusen overcome Freiburg 1-0

Freiburg: Kai Havertz scored his fifth goal since the Bundesliga restart to lift Bayer Leverkusen to a 1-0 win over Freiburg and back into the thick of the Champions League qualifying fight on Friday.

Bundesliga Kai Havertz maintains scoring form as Bayer Leverkusen overcome Freiburg 10

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, left in the background, celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the German Bundesliga match against Freiburg. AP

The 20-year-old Havertz stretched to prod in Leon Bailey's pass in the 54th minute after Leverkusen spent much of the game fruitlessly passing around the Freiburg defense. That made him the first player ever to score 35 career Bundesliga goals before his 21st birthday.

Havertz's teammates hurried over to celebrate with hugs, not the elbow bumps the league prefers for reasons of social distancing.

Leverkusen moved up two places to third with the win, bouncing back from losing to VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 on Tuesday. RB Leipzig dropped to fourth, with Borussia Monchengladbach down to fifth.

Freiburg was eighth and hasn't won any of its four games since the league restarted.

Freiburg could have snatched the lead in the 43rd after being on the defensive for most of the first half. Lucas Holer reacted quickly to pick up a long pass and run in behind Leverkusen's high defensive line but dragged his shot wide of the post when one-on-one with goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

Leverkusen's Julian Baumgartlinger headed the ball into the net in the 63rd but it was ruled out for pushing.

Hradecky made a good save later on to deny Freiburg's Nils Petersen.

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