Bailey debuts In Bayer loss

February 04, 2017
Dejected Leverkusen players Charles Aranguiz (left), Stefan Kiessling (centre), Leon Bailey (second right) and Omer Toprak (right) stand on the pitch after the Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and Bayer Leverkusen at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, February 3.

HAMBURG, Germany (AP):

Jamaican winger Leon Bailey played the final eight minutes as on loan Bayer Leverkusen, defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored against the side to earn Hamburger SV a 1-0 victory in the Bundesliga yesterday.

Bailey joined Bayer from KRC Genk on Tuesday for an undisclosed fee.

Papadopoulos struck with a quarter-hour remaining, heading inside the far post, after Nicolai Mueller lobbed in a hopeful cross. He ran to the corner to celebrate before running to embrace under-pressure Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol, familiar from their time together at Schalke.

"It's only the start," Papadopoulos said. "We have to keep working. We shouldn't celebrate. We haven't achieved anything yet."

The goal lifted Hamburg, which had lost both league games this year, into the relegation play-off place ahead of the rest of the 19th round, while Leverkusen face a mini-crisis after its second successive defeat.

"When you've only one or two shots in Hamburg, it's too little," Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling said. "I've no explanation."

Roger Schmidt's side was playing its first game without Hakan Calhanoglu, suspended the day before for four months by FIFA for breach of contract after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his appeal.

Leverkusen contributed nothing of note in the first half - not even a cross - prompting Schmidt to send on Kiessling for the second.

But it was Bobby Wood who went close at the other end, shooting just wide after Mueller set him up with his heel, and Hamburg continued pushing until Papadopoulos duly claimed the reward.

"He's on loan from Leverkusen and then he scores the goal against them. For us, super. For Leverkusen, bitter," Hamburg 'keeper Rene Adler said.

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