11th December 2023 – (Stuttgart) Bayer Leverkusen, the current leaders of the Bundesliga, faced a stumbling block as they settled for a 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, who currently hold the third position in the league. This marks the second consecutive draw for Leverkusen, although they managed to increase their lead at the top to four points.
Xabi Alonso’s side, the only unbeaten team in the Bundesliga this season, now sits at 36 points. Meanwhile, second-placed Bayern Munich, who suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, trail behind with 32 points but have a game in hand. Stuttgart remains in third place with 31 points.
In the match, the hosts faced significant pressure in the first half, while Leverkusen had an early chance hitting the woodwork through Amine Adli in the ninth minute. Against the run of play, Stuttgart took the lead in the 40th minute with Chris Fuehrich’s goal, assisted by Alejandro Grimaldo.
However, the visitors quickly responded just two minutes into the second half. Granit Xhaka played a key role, sending Victor Boniface down the left wing, who then provided a well-placed cutback for Florian Wirtz to volley in and equalize for Leverkusen.
Xhaka himself came close to becoming the goalscorer, but his powerful low drive struck the post in the 49th minute, denying Leverkusen the opportunity to take the lead.
Both teams had their fair share of chances throughout the match, with goalkeepers Lukas Hradecky from Leverkusen and Alexander Nuebel from Stuttgart being kept busy. They made several outstanding saves, contributing to the final scoreline.
The draw signifies a slight setback for Leverkusen, who had hoped for a victory to maintain their winning streak. Nevertheless, they managed to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, creating a buffer between themselves and their closest rivals.
The upcoming matches will be crucial for both Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, as they vie for the top spot in the league. The intense competition and unpredictable nature of the Bundesliga have made this season particularly exciting for football fans across Germany and beyond.