Bailey scores in Bayer's 2-1 win

October 30, 2017
Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican forward Leon Bailey scores during the German Bundesliga match against Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Borussia-Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, on Saturday, October 21.

Jamaican winger Leon Bailey's Man of the Match performance on Saturday lifted Bayer Leverkusen from a goal down to beat Cologne 2-1 in the German Bundesliga.

Playing on the right, Bailey carved out the game's first real chance, but neither Sven Bender nor Julian Brandt could convert the Jamaican's cross.

Sehrou Guirassy gave Cologne the lead in the 23rd minute of play. However, 20-year-old Bailey found the equaliser eight minutes into the second half, running on to a pass from Lucas Alario and rounded Timo Horn in the Cologne goal, before tapping home.

The Jamaican came close to putting Leverkusen ahead 10 minutes later, but Horn denied his low drive from a tight angle. Leverkusen completed the comeback in the 74th minute by Bender, who scored with a clever finish after the Cologne defence failed to clear from a corner.

Bailey was excellent throughout the game, creating numerous opportunities for his teammates. He assisted on a disallowed goal late in the game. The Jamaican won possession at the top of his area and played a pass to Bender in midfield.

Bender picked up the pass wide on the left and played to the centre for Brandt to slot home past Horn from 12 yards. However, the goal was called back after Bailey was adjudged to have handled the ball during the run of play.

Bayer have now stretched their unbeaten run to five games. They are eighth in the standings with 15 points from 10 matches. Bailey, who also scored in his previous outing, last weekend, in a 5-1 defeat of Mochengladbach, has so far tallied three goals for the season.

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