Witness the complete replay and highlights of the Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund match. This exciting clash is part of the Germany Bundesliga 2023/2024, on Matchday 13. The action kicks off at 16:30 GMT on Sunday, Dec 3, 2023.
Taking charge as the referee is the esteemed Daniel Siebert from Germany, with the electrifying atmosphere of BayArena, Leverkusen as the venue. Don’t miss out on the thrilling showdown!
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Full Match Reports
Bayer Leverkusen’s impressive 14-match winning streak met its end, yet under the guidance of Xabi Alonso, they fortified their position at the summit of the Bundesliga, stretching their lead to three points. The BayArena witnessed a captivating 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund, where the hosts showcased resilience by rallying from behind.
Dortmund, accustomed to orchestrating come-from-behind victories in the past eight days, found themselves in an unusual role as frontrunners within the opening five minutes. Niclas Füllkrug, orchestrating a skillful build-up on the edge of the Leverkusen area, held off Edmond Tapsoba to feed Julian Ryerson, who exhibited the composure of a seasoned striker to slot in the opening goal.
This marked the first instance since mid-September’s draw with Bayern Munich that Die Werkself conceded the initial goal of a game. Xabi Alonso’s squad, however, took time to establish control. Granit Xhaka’s long-range attempts were the closest the hosts came to a goal before the break, with Florian Wirtz’s beautifully curled effort in first-half stoppage time deemed offside against Victor Boniface in the build-up, leaving Die Schwarzgelben leading at halftime.
In the second half, Leverkusen maintained dominance in possession but struggled to truly challenge Gregor Kobel guarding Dortmund’s goal. Even when breakthroughs occurred, Mats Hummels displayed exceptional defensive prowess with a crucial last-ditch block to deny Exequiel Palacios. Seeking a spark, Xabi Alonso turned to the bench, and Patrik Schick, recently returned, made an immediate impact. Odilon Kossounou surged forward, finding Schick, who promptly squared for strike partner Boniface to skillfully level the score.
The BayArena now braced for a thrilling finish, with Leverkusen relentlessly pressing in the Dortmund half. Boniface’s well-held volley and Schick’s header over the bar heightened the drama. However, Dortmund’s defensive resilience held firm, and Edin Terzić’s team secured a draw, becoming only the second side this season to avoid defeat against Leverkusen. The Black and Yellows, with just one win in their last five league matches, already find themselves trailing the league leaders by a significant 10 points.
Mats Hummels earned the Man of the Match honors for his stellar performance anchoring Borussia Dortmund’s defense.