Alonso enjoys winning start as Leverkusen boss


Ex-Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso retired as a player in 2017

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso enjoyed a winning start to his managerial career at Bayer Leverkusen as they beat Schalke in the Bundesliga.

Moussa Diaby drove in the opener in the 38th minute before providing the assist for Jeremie Frimpong to add a second three minutes later.

Frimpong and Paulinho added further goals after the break.

Diaby once again provided the assist for Frimpong, who found the bottom corner with a shot inside the box.

Paulinho capped off a dream debut for Alonso with a close-range finish late on.

The win is only Bayer Leverkusen’s second of the season and they move up to 14th in the Bundesliga.

Line-ups

B Leverkusen

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 12Tapsoba
  • 4Tah
  • 3HincapiéBooked at 58minsSubstituted forKossounouat 88′minutes
  • 30Frimpong
  • 8Andrich
  • 20AránguizSubstituted forDemirbayat 64′minutes
  • 5Bakker
  • 19DiabySubstituted forAdliat 64′minutes
  • 14SchickSubstituted forHlozekat 72′minutes
  • 17Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forSampaio Filhoat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kossounou
  • 7Sampaio Filho
  • 10Demirbay
  • 11Amiri
  • 21Adli
  • 22Sinkgraven
  • 23Hlozek
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 40Lunev

Schalke

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Schwolow
  • 27Brunner
  • 3Greiml
  • 4YoshidaBooked at 13minsSubstituted forLatzaat 79′minutes
  • 29MohrSubstituted forOuwejanat 45′minutes
  • 24DrexlerSubstituted forMolletat 64′minutes
  • 6Krauß
  • 17FlickSubstituted forKrálat 64′minutes
  • 11Bülter
  • 40PolterSubstituted forAydinat 45′minutes
  • 9Terodde

Substitutes

  • 1Fährmann
  • 2Ouwejan
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Latza
  • 19Karaman
  • 20Mollet
  • 23Aydin
  • 30Král
  • 41Matriciani

Referee:
Tobias Reichel

Attendance:
30,210

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