SC Freiburg 0 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Saturday, May 14th 2011, 15.30 CET
I didn’t watch the final Bundesliga game between SC Freiburg and Bayer Leverkusen. At least not completely. I would switch channels every once in a while, from the FA Cup Final to this game (let’s face it, I was right to do so 🙂 ). Even with watching only fragments of this game, I can clearly say that this game was more entertaining than Man City’s victory.
In Germany, both teams wanted to end the season with a victory. Bayer Leverkusen wanted it just to secure their second spot in the Bundesliga (which, were not for this victory, they would have lost to Bayern), while Freiburg desperately wanted to finish the season with a victory and please their fans at home. Both teams showed how badly they wanted the victory, and there were tons of opportunities on both sides.
Leverkusen started the game on the attack, and Eren Derdiyok had two good chances to score. First, after only two minutes of play, Derdiyok sent it wide from a good position. 9 minutes later his shot was nicely blocked by Oliver Baumann. The same Baumann made another good save about 10 minutes later, when he blocked Balitsch‘s header.
Then it was Freiburg’s time to shine. The home team had two occasions around the 37th minute. One through Cedric Makiadi, whose shot was deflected by Leverkusen’s goalkeeper, and the second was the wide shot by Papiss Cisse, only meters away from the goal. Unfortunately, Makiadi disappointed his team in the last minute of the first half, when he deflected a ball headed by Balitsch from a Bayer Leverkusen corner into his own net. The home team thus entered half time with a very low morale.
This low morale was seen in the very first minute of the second half, when Freiburg didn’t see Renato Augusto coming. Baumann however kept his team into play with a fantastic save. This gave the home team a morale boost, and in the 67th minute Jan Rosenthal was close to equalizing, but his header hit the post. Towards the end, Leverkusen had a chance to double their advantage in added time, but Baumann was at the right place to block the initiative.
As for my sports betting, I had bet on a Bayer Leverkusen victory, and pretty heavily (4 units). The odds of 1.78 were good enough, and eventually it paid off: I earned 3.12 units out of this 😀 YAY.