Germany’s young players indicate bright future ahead
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's young players did enough in one hour against Argentina to indicate its post-World Cup shakeup is working and that a bright future awaits.
Argentina rallies to draw 2-2 against Germany in friendly
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — A weakened Argentina side came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against an injury-hit Germany team in their friendly on Wednesday.
Leverkusen routs Frankfurt to stake Champions League claim
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen took advantage of Eintracht Frankfurt's Europa League exertions to rout the visitors 6-1 and challenge for fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen beat Augsburg 4-1 on Friday to remain in the race for Champions League qualification.
Kevin Danso gave Augsburg a 12th-minute lead, which was erased...
Snow is extra man for Leverkusen in 3-2 win at Hannover
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen got a helping hand from the snow in its 3-2 win at Hannover in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Hannover's Genki Haraguchi was denied an almost certain goal — with...
Young midfielders Havertz, Brandt leading Leverkusen revival
BERLIN (AP) — Two young German national team players are leading Bayer Leverkusen's revival under new coach Peter Bosz.
Kai Havertz, still only 19, has made himself an indispensable part of the squad and is getting better with each game, while 22-year-old Julian Brandt produced a man-of-the-match performance against Mainz on Friday.
Protesting Nuremberg fans return on time to see equalizer
BERLIN (AP) — Promoted Nuremberg drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen to stay just out of the Bundesliga relegation zone amid more protests against unpopular Monday night games.
Though it was the first to be played on a Monday this season, the home fans made their displeasure known by refusing to take their places in the north stand of Nuremberg's Max-Morlock-Stadion.
Volland lifts Leverkusen to win over struggling Stuttgart
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Kevin Volland recovered from a bad miss to score both of Bayer Leverkusen's goals in a 2-0 win over the Bundesliga's bottom-placed club Stuttgart on Friday.
In a meeting between teams who have performed well below expectations, Leverkusen missed good chances, particularly when Volland failed to hit the unguarded net on a counterattack in the 60th minute.
Germany calls up Emre Can after Havertz, Ruediger drop out
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew called up midfielder Emre Can for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games in the Netherlands and France after Kai Havertz and Antonio Ruediger dropped out on Monday.
Havertz has a bruised knee and needs to sit out training for the next few days, while Ruediger has groin problems, the German soccer federation said.
Leverkusen gets 1st Bundesliga win after losing opening 3
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen ended its three-game losing start to the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Mainz on Sunday.
The unmarked Kai Havertz scored the home side's winner with a header off Julian Brandt's cross with a half-hour remaining.
Defense-minded Mainz did little for the first 45 minutes but then almost grabbed the lead when Levin Oztunali drew a good save from Lukas Hradecky, who had to react again to deny Jonathan Burkardt from the rebound.
Frankfurt loses 4-1 to Leverkusen after Kovac announcement
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen underlined its Champions League credentials with a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, while Hamburger SV and Cologne edged closer to Bundesliga relegation on Saturday.
Leverkusen’s young team primed for Champions League return
BERLIN (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen is on course for a return to the Champions League.
Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich, who had no top-flight experience when he was appointed before the season, has created a competitive team capable of free-flowing attacking soccer thanks to the continued development of up-and-coming players like 21-year-old Julian Brandt, 20-year-old Leon Bailey, 19-year-old Panagiotis Retsos and 18-year-old Kai Havertz.
Leverkusen beats Leipzig 4-1 in showdown for Champs League
BERLIN (AP) — Julian Brandt starred as Bayer Leverkusen outclassed Leipzig 4-1 to move above the home side into the Bundesliga's last qualification spot for the Champions League on Monday.
The Germany midfielder, who extended his Leverkusen contract last week, scored one goal and was involved in two more as the side moved to fourth, two points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt and Leipzig with five rounds remaining.
Leverkusen moves 4th in Bundesliga with 2-0 win in Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Leon Bailey set up both goals for Bayer Leverkusen to move fourth in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at promoted Stuttgart on Friday.
The Jamaican forward pulled the ball back for 18-year-old Kai Havertz to open the scoring in the 20th minute then sent in a corner for Lars Bender to seal the win with ten minutes remaining.
Bailey gets 1st Bundesliga goal to grab point for Leverkusen
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen substitute Leon Bailey scored his first Bundesliga goal to earn his team a 1-1 draw at Schalke on Friday.
The 20-year-old Jamaican forward, who has also played for Belgian side Genk, came on for the second half and scored with a deflected shot.
American teenager Weston McKennie started for Schalke for the third straight game and had the first shot, which went just wide.
6 clubs in danger as Bundesliga enters penultimate round
BERLIN (AP) — Six clubs, including some big names, are locked in a fight for Bundesliga survival with only two matches remaining.
Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV all need points to be sure of avoiding relegation, while Mainz, Augsburg and Ingolstadt hope to beat them to it. One of the six will go down automatically - Darmstadt is already relegated - while a relegation playoff offers a second chance for another against the side that finishes third in the second division.
Gomez hat trick but Wolfsburg held 3-3 at Leverkusen
BERLIN (AP) — Wolfsburg forward Mario Gomez scored a rapid hat trick before 17-year-old Kai Havertz equalized for Bayer Leverkusen in a frenetic finale to their 3-3 draw in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Gomez thought he'd capped a stunning turnaround when he completed his hat trick in a seven-minute span to continue his remarkable record of scoring in every game under Wolfsburg coach Andries Jonker. But Havertz salvaged a point for Leverkusen with a minute remaining.
Leverkusen proud and protective of 17-year-old jewel Havertz
BERLIN (AP) — School aside, Kai Havertz has been learning a lot this season.
The 17-year-old midfielder is one of Bayer Leverkusen's brightest prospects, and he has a chance to put his skill on display to a wide audience on Tuesday when his team faces Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Chicharito leads Bayer Leverkusen to 3-1 win at Augsburg
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored twice in a 3-1 win for Bayer Leverkusen at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Friday, easing the pressure on coach Roger Schmidt.
Despite a good 3-0 win over third-place Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, speculation continued during the week that Leverkusen was looking for a replacement for Schmidt after an inconsistent season so far.