Toprak earns Leverkusen draw

There would be no separating the two sides as Leverkusen salvaged a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim at Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Saturday afternoon.

TSG Hoffenheim 1 Leverkusen 1
Leverkusen make fast start
Hamad opens scoring
Calhanoglu impresses again
Toprak heads home equaliser

Match Summary

TSG Hoffenheim opened the scoring five minute before the interval, somewhat against the run of play, thanks to a well-taken Jiloan Hamad side-foot volley from a corner.

Omer Toprak had Leverkusen back on level terms in the 75th minute with a close range effort after the goalkeeper had made an initial save.

Full Report

It was a quick start to the game for Bayer as Omer Toprak headed wide from close range after rising highest to meet a Hakan Calhanoglu cross after just three minutes.

At the other end, though, Eduardo Vargas forced a save from Bernd Leno with a right-footed effort in the 11th minute.

There were then two quick-fire chances from Leverkusen in the 20th and 23rd minutes, Stefan Kiessling heading wide before Calhanoglu fired over from outside the area.

In the 26th minute, Kiessling saw a strong header from inside the box saved from a Calhanoglu cross.

Hamad then had Hoffernheim ahead in the 40th minute with a deftly taken, curled side-foot volley after a corner was only half cleared.

Spurred on by their goal, Hoffenheim started the second half well and Hamad fired an effort over just two minutes after the restart after some good work from Kevin Volland.

Calhanoglu and Tin Jedvaj then both squandered chances as both fired wide from the edge of the area.

TSG Hoffenheim nearly doubled their lead in the 59th minute when Jonathan Schmid rattled an effort off the left-hand upright with a fierce effort from the centre of the box.

Calhanoglu and Toprak then had efforts blocked and saved respectively before Leverkusen eventually found the breakthrough 15 minutes from time.

It was Toprak who would restore parity, heading home after the ball had been deflected over the goalkeeper in a goalmouth scramble.

There would be no further noteworthy action as both sides settled for the 1-1 draw.