Wirtz leads 10-man Leverkusen to 3-1 win at Stuttgart
BERLIN — On Sunday, Florian Wirtz led 10-man Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 at Stuttgart. This defeat was the third for American coach Pellegrino Mattarazzo’s team in five Bundesliga matches this season.
The 18-year-old Wirtz set up Leverkusen’s second goal in the 19th minute and scored the third to give the visitors their third win of the season.
Robert Andrich acted as the pivotal figure for Leverkusen’s first half. This was partly due to mixed reasons.
Andrich scored in the second minute the opening goal, his first since he switched from Union Berlin to the summer. However, the team was leading 2-0 in 30th. Although Andrich received a yellow card initially for his studs up lunge at Tanguy Coulibaly’s knee, a VAR intervention changed it to red. Coulibaly was able to continue.
Wirtz had provided Patrik Schick with Leverkusen’s second goal. The visitors seemed to be scoring more as they held on to the game until Andrich was dismissed.
Orel mangala scored the equalizer in the 38th. This rebound was completed after Lukas Hradecky saved Konstantinos Mavropanos’ header from a free kick. Leverkusen enjoyed a break with
Leverkusen’s Kerem Demirbay was involved in a midfield scrap for the ball, which fell to Wirtz, who surged forward and fired inside the far corner in the 70th.
Stuttgart did not respond.
Borussia Berlin hosts Union Berlin on Sunday. Eintracht Frankfurt is at Wolfsburg.
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