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Moussa Diaby double helps Bayer Leverkusen to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in DFB Cup second round

Moussa Diaby double helps Bayer Leverkusen

A Moussa Diaby brace, as well as goals from Lucas Alario and Edmond Tapsoba, saw Bayer Leverkusen come from behind against Eintracht Frankfurt in the second round of the DFB Cup.

When these sides met 10 days ago in the Bundesliga, it was Leverkusen who took an early lead in Frankfurt, but roles were reversed this time as Amin Younes – the scorer of Eintracht’s equaliser that day – put the visitors ahead with only six minutes played after Andre Silva flicked on Daichi Kamada’s ball into the box.

Bayer took a few minutes to get going but were handed a route back into the tie when Erik Durm handled Leon Bailey’s cross in the box. Alario stepped up and converted to send last season’s beaten finalists into the break level.

In yet another parallel to that recent meeting, the home side again came from behind to lead through Tapsoba – this time in the right net for his first Leverkusen goal, heading a Kerem Demirbay free-kick back across Kevin Trapp.

There was finally daylight between the teams when Bayer won the ball back and Nadiem Amiri broke, laying the ball to Diaby, and the Frenchmen finished with aplomb from a narrowing angle.

However, Leverkusen had to see out the final portion of the game with 10 men after Jonathan Tah was sent off for a challenge as last man on Silva. They did more than that as Diaby made it four with a clinical solo break in the dying minutes.

Leverkusen will now face Rot-Weiss Essen in the round of 16 on 2/3 February.

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