Leon Bailey scores his ninth goal of the season in Leverkusen's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt

By April 26, 2021

Leon Bailey scored his ninth Bundesliga goal of the season and assisted in another as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 at the Bay Arena on Saturday.

Following a goalless first half in which Frankfurt goalkeeper Patrik Schick kept Leverkusen’s players, including Bailey at bay, the Jamaican winger opened the scoring in the 70th minute.

Moussa Diaby’s sweeping cross was met at the far post by Bailey, who slotted home.

Bailey then turned provider with a neat pass through for substitute Lucas Alario to dink in 10 minutes from time.

Frankfurt’s Andre Silva and Kerem Demirbay exchanged late goals as Leverkusen held on to maintain a slight chance of a top-four finish.

Afterwards, Bailey said he was glad to be able to help the team achieve victory.

“Well, it’s always nice scoring goals and, of course, helping as always,” he said. “It was an important game as well so I am just happy I was able to deliver and help the team.”

Bailey has now matched his goal scoring output from the 2017/2018 season when he also scored nine goals.

The win puts Leverkusen on 50 points five behind fifth-place Borussia Dortmund and six behind fourth-placed Frankfurt.

 

 

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