There were various plastered on smiles within the stands at Borussia Park, nonetheless minute for Borussia Monchengladbach’s gamers to celebrate as a Kai Havertz double helped Bayer Leverkusen to victory.
Conducted within the wait on of closed doors on chronicle of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Monchengladbach had 13,000 cardboard minimize-outs of supporters in speak for his or her first residence sport wait on after the resumption of the Bundesliga.
Even some Leverkusen fans bought in on the spirit, with some spending the 19 euros required to beget representations of themselves space up within the away quit.
And it became the pre-captured grins and celebrations from the little sequence of Leverkusen supporters that proved most becoming, with Havertz continuing his wonderful assemble since German top-flight football returned.
Having netted twice in Leverkusen’s first sport wait on – a 4-1 have interaction at Werder Bremen final weekend – the Germany global slotted residence from shut fluctuate to present his aspect the lead on Saturday.
He doubled his tally later within the sport from the penalty space after VAR ruled that Karim Bellarabi had been fouled within the sector.
This came factual six minutes after the hosts had lastly given their ‘cardboard military’ one thing to dwell impassively immobile to when Marcus Thuram fired in an equaliser.
A Sven Bender header made determined of the parts for Leverkusen with nine minutes left, giving them a have interaction that sees them leapfrog Monchengladbach into third speak within the desk, 5 parts within the wait on of leaders Bayern Munich.
Leverkusen beget now received nine of their final 11 fits, beget their ultimate parts tally after 27 games since 2010-11 and, in Havertz, beget a striker whose involvement in 12 Bundesliga dreams in 2020 is matched handiest by Dortmund’s prolific Erling Braut Haaland.
As well to, Havertz has now equalled Klaus Fischer’s represent of getting scored 34 Bundesliga dreams ahead of his Twenty first birthday.
Fischer, who played for 1860 Munich, Schalke, Cologne and Bochum between 1968 and 1988 scored 268 Bundesliga dreams in total.