We were semi-wrong in the assumption that Borussia Dortmund would continue their impressive Bundesliga form in the match against a frail Bayer Leverkusen. The bet we placed on away team to score in both halves didn’t pay off, even though they did score two goals, but in the first half. Both teams kept each other on the edge by using counter attacks, as this seems to be the hot deal in Europe.
The match on its own started rather tame and both teams were still looking for their footing, while Robert Lewandowski was marked from all sides and couldn’t do much to help his team, a responsibility which fell on the shoulders of Marco Reus. Leverkusen were the one who got into the game first, when Lars Bender opened the score on the 7th minute after a neatly executed Leverkusen corner that landed onto Kiessling, whose header reached the birthday boy, who netted without any kinds of issue.
Dortmund equalized on the 25th minute when Kirch capitalized on a Marco Reus free kick, for what has been his first goal for Die Borussen. But as the game was played rather openly, the draw didn’t stick out for long as on the 35th minute, Leverkusen took the lead after Castro made it 2-0 with a header that left Weidenfeller with no chance.
The away team were once again forced to come from behind a goal, and this time Lewandowski was in charge of providing the means for the equalizer. Hilbert fouled the Polish striker inside the box; Dortmund were given a penalty transformed with ice cold precision by Marco Reus on the 39th minute. No more goals were scored after this; even though Leverkusen wasted some monumental chances in the second half to take the lead.
Result: -8 units, bet lost