Still unbeaten Bayer decided the clash between teams from opposite ends of the table in the 23rd minute when left-back Grimaldo scored. The summer signing from Benfica Lisbon scored for the fourth time this season from behind the penalty area, which no one else has managed in the best European leagues. After the break, colleagues from the defense, Kossounou and Tah, followed up the Spanish representative with further goals. Seven minutes before the end, substitute Tell made it 4-0.
Leverkusen won their seventh league game in a row and equaled Bayern’s record from the 2015/16 season with 31 points from a possible 33 after 11 rounds. Champions League participants Union lost their ninth consecutive domestic competition to drop to last place.
Without the injured goalkeeper Jiří Pavlenka, Bremen did not maintain a two-goal lead against Frankfurt and drew 2:2.
Leipzig beat Freiburg 3-1 at home to replace fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund, who lost 1-2 in Stuttgart on Saturday. Rohl responded to the goal of the home team Simons in the sixth minute in the setup of the first half. Twelve minutes before the end, Openda scored the ninth league goal from the penalty spot. In the next two minutes, Baumgartner sealed the triumph of the East German club. Freiburg remained eighth.
|German Football League – Round 11:|
|Leverkusen – Union Berlin 4:0 (23. Grimaldo, 57. Kossounou, 74. Tah, 83. Tella),|
|Bremen – Eintracht Frankfurt 2:2 (45.+2 Duksch from pen., 50. Borré – 65. Schirí, 75. Smolčič)|
|Leipzig – Freiburg 3:1 (6. Simons, 78. Openda from pen., 80. Baumgartner – 45.+6 Rohl)|