Kai Havertz became the first player in Bundesliga history to score 35 goals before turning 21 to defeat Freiburg but Bayer Leverkusen must wait breathlessly to hear the fitness news from the 20-year-old after being injured in the match.
Looking to reply after they snatched their unbeaten streak of 12 games from them in a midweek 4-1 loss at home to Wolfsburg, it was Leverkusen who began the first half best.
The home side had as much as 70 percent of the ball in the opening 20 minutes but was unable to break through a compact Freiburg side set up by Streich first to defend, second to strike. Leverkusen ‘s attempts to stretch the game wide had been countered by Freiburg’s well-structured form, holding the game in the center of the pitch, much to Peter Bosz’s annoyance.
Chances started to flow towards the end of the first period when Leon Bailey flirted with the first shot on goal of the game on either side before Lucas Höler had the perfect opportunity to open the scoring on the other end. Höler went to the far bottom corner with Lukas Hradecky one-on-one but curved his shot wide, leaving the match goalless at break time.
Leverkusen managed to rule the ball through the second half, making the breakthrough just after the hour-mark with their first shot on target. Havertz’s flicked the ball to Bailey before continuing his run into the box where he was found by the Jamaican and finished under Alexander Schwolow, thus holding off the challenge from Dominique Heintz.
There were concerned faces around the Leverkusen bench on 66 minutes, however, as Havertz pulled up with an injury, and had to be replaced. Nils Petersen had one of many chances of matching in the final minutes but Hradecky made a major save to stop him. The away side kept on and took all three points to provisionally push third in the table above RB Leipzig.