After an incredible 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen celebrated carnival weekend in the Rhineland by going five points clear atop the Bundesliga.
The game was completed in stoppage time by Jeremie Frimpong, who shot into an empty net.
The Bayern on-loan player Josip Stanisic opened the score in the eighteenth minute, and Alex Grimaldo increased the lead five minutes into the second half.
However, Leverkusen punished Manuel Neuer by breaking for a corner, which allowed Frimpong to add an extra goal.
Bayern had more possession of the ball, but Xabi Alonso’s team always seemed more dangerous throughout the game.
This was a significant statement in their attempt to win a Bundesliga title and lose the moniker Vizekuzen, which represents the five times they have finished second.
After supporters threw toys and other objects onto the field as part of continuous demonstrations against the idea of foreign investment in the Bundesliga, the game at the BayArena started eight minutes later than scheduled.
Bayern seemed to be ahead of the game from the start.
Leverkusen was glad to welcome the guests, but they were only waiting for the right opportunity to respond.
In the eleventh minute, they had their first opportunity at goal, but Amine Adli’s strike was too weak to test Neuer.
Kim Min-jae got a foot in just in time, but Bayern were sleepy from the ensuing throw-in and were made to pay.
Adli threatened again after seven minutes.
After Robert Andrich drilled a low ball across the goal’s face, the Bayern defence stood motionless as Stanisic scored on his own.
Sacho Boey, who usually plays right back but was used on the left in this game on his second appearance since signing from Galatasaray last month, was left all alone.
Granit Xhaka’s pinpoint pass put Adli clean through on goal with a great opportunity to double his tally shortly before halftime, but Dayot Upamecano recovered to get a toe on the ball and poke it back to Neuer.
The second goal arrived in just five minutes of the second half.
Grimaldo and Nathan Tella executed a deft one-two to penetrate the Bayern defence, and Grimaldo’s rising shot beat Neuer at the near post.
Bayern was in complete control, and moments later, mayhem broke out in their penalty box as Eric Dier’s cross struck Leon Goretzka’s arm and bounced back to Neuer, negating the need for a VAR handball check.
Just after the hour, Grimaldo struck the crossbar with a direct shot from a corner, but the ball rebounded safely.
Thomas Tuchel looked to his bench as Bayern attempted to step it up, but they were unable to generate any meaningful chances for an irritated Harry Kane.
Leverkusen, on the other hand, appeared more likely to score again.
After Neuer failed to get on the end of the corner, Frimpong ran down the pitch to fire into the unguarded net, but not before hitting a post at the conclusion of one late counterattack.