Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Leverkusen bemoans record-tying result
February 22nd, 2010 1:49AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany

MOST COMMENTED

[GERMANY] A day after Bayern Munich's 13-game winning streak in all competitions ended with a 1-1 tie at relegation candidate Nuremberg, Bayer Leverkusen blew a chance to regain the outright lead in the Bundesliga when Per Mertesacker's late header forced it to settle for a 2-2 tie with Werder Bremen. The tie left Leverkusen ahead of Bayern on goal difference but did extend the club's league unbeaten streak to 23 games, tying the record for the best start to a season Bayern set during the 1988-89 campaign.

Jupp Heynckes was the coach of Bayern then and he is the coach of Leverkusen now.

"I let other people talk about the championship or the title," he said. "I think it's best at the moment to take each game and each opponent as they come. But of course, we are confident because the team is living up to its huge potential, showing that we can play soccer and we have also learned to defend."

Sort of ...

Leverkusen got goals on a free kick by Eren Derdiyok and a 25-yard blast from Toni Kroos, but goalie Rene Adler allowed a ball to slip through his legs and Claudio Pizarro poked it across the line for the first Bremen goal and Mertesacker rose above the Bayer defense to head in a cross from Marko Marin.

"That felt like a defeat," Bayer defender Manuel Friedrich said.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
This season's most amazing free kick so far    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] You can hardly blame Hamburg SV goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny for remaining rooted to ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 29] Robbie Keane ran wild in the major-market matchup of Designated Players to keep ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I've always tried to be a guy who makes the right play in front of the ...
Onus on Cavani for PSG against Barcelona    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Paris St. Germain-Barcelona is the marquee match of Matchday 2 in ...
What They're Saying: Paul McGinley    
"I bounced ideas off him all week, he didn't preach to me, he didn't tell me ...
MLS's nouveau riche dominate millionaire club    
[MAKING A LIST] Big money has been flowing into Major League Soccer. Of the 15 players ...
USA and Brazil to play U-23 match in Brasilia    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. World Cup team never got to Brasilia, falling in the round of 16 ...
Report: Chivas USA set to go on hiatus after 2014 season    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The news should come as no surprise. Chivas USA, sold back to MLS by ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives