Kai Havertz scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen closed the gap to fourth-placed RB Leipzig to one point after making a winning return to Bundesliga action with a 4-1 victory at Werder Bremen.
Havertz, who is understood to have been monitored by Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in recent months, picked up where he left off following the coronavirus suspension, scoring two headers in the first half (28, 33) to take his tally to four goals in three games in all competitions.
In between Havertz’s goals, Theodor Gebre Selassie (30) scored for Bremen in what was a frantic five minutes of football, but it only proved to be a consolation as second-half strikes from Mitchell Weiser (61) and Kerem Demirbay (78) wrapped up a comprehensive victory for the visitors.
Victory sees Leverkusen, who have now won 13 of their last 15 games in all competitions, close in on the Champions League places, while Bremen’s plight down at the bottom of the Bundesliga deepens with Florian Kohfeldt’s side five points adrift of Fortuna Dusseldorf, who are in the relegation play-off place.
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Bayer Leverkusen are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Borussia Monchengladbach; Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, Werder Bremen take on Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, also on Saturday at 2.30pm.