Alario-Doublepack – But Werkself wins without glamour

Bayer Leverkusen are still miles behind in their own expectations this season. The Werkself won their second group match in the Europa League against outsiders AEK Larnaka 4:2 (1:1) by a wide margin, but despite their successfully defended lead in the standings, they once again failed to prove their class.

Under the Bayer Cross, the air for coach Heiko Herrlich becomes thinner and thinner after this lifeless performance against Cyprus Cup winner. If the 46-year-old leaves the SC Freiburg league empty-handed with the self-proclaimed Champions League aspirant on Sunday (1.30 p.m./Eurosport), the ex-professional will be thrown out during the international break. In Ralph Hasenhüttl (most recently RB Leipzig) a successor is supposedly already in the starting blocks.

AEK captain Ivan Trickovski brought the underdog surprisingly into the lead in the 25th minute. But Kai Havertz (44.) with his third goal of the season in the current competition, Lucas Alario with a double pack (49. and 88.) and Julian Brandt (90.+2) saved Bayer from embarrassment despite the second guest goal by Dimitris Raspas (90.+1). Five days after the 2:4 in the championship against Borussia Dortmund, Bayer had to put up with the whistles of his own supporters again before the break, however, because the home team again revealed many shortcomings against the blatant outsider.

Lucas Alario Honours

River Plate

  • Copa Libertadores: 2015
  • Suruga Bank Championship: 2015
  • Recopa Sudamericana: 2016
  • Copa Argentina: 2016, 2017

International
Argentina

  • Superclásico de las Américas: 2017

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„We want to ensure clear conditions as quickly as possible in the group phase,“ said Leverkusen’s Sports Director Rudi Völler before the match, thus clearly indicating the direction of march for Herrlich and his team. But in many scenes the Bayer pros seemed tense and insecure.

Against the underdog, Herrlich had changed his starting eleven to three positions compared to the duel with the BVB. For the international players Jonathan Tah and Brandt as well as Alario Aleksandar Dragovic, Leon Bailey and Karim Bellarabi, who was locked in the league, joined the team.

In front of 23,354 spectators in the by far not sold out BayArena, Lars Bender already had the lead on his foot in the fifth minute, nine minutes later the captain had bad luck with a post shot. Afterwards the guests held however well and use a gross error in the Bayer Defensive for the guidance by their Topstar Trickovski. After Bayer had been denied a penalty shot a little later after a clear foul on Havertz in the AEK penalty area, they managed to equalize before the break. Shooting star Havertz, who had already scored twice at Ludogorets Razgrad at the 3-2 European League opener in Bulgaria, made use of Bellarabi’s preliminary work.

After the break, Bayer took command and took the lead 2-1 early on through Alario, who had just been substituted. The Cypriots, however, kept up and had the chance to equal the score. On the other hand, Havertz could have made everything clear in the 64th minute. Alario’s second goal, however, eliminated the last doubts about Leverkusen’s victory in the final stages, before Raspas and Brandt scored more goals. To know more about Casino Action, read them here.

„KiNG eSports“ committed „Web“ and first African

Following the spectacular move of Nicolas „Nicolas99fc“ Villalba – better known as „eMessi“ – to FC Basel, the FIFA consultant agency „KiNG eSports“ is setting another exclamation mark.

With the commitment of four Top talents and the South American eSport-Red-Bull-Athleten the agency extends its player portfolio on four continents. Additionally with the Ghanaer franc Wonderkid Kpapko for the first time a player from Africa was taken under contract.

„KiNG eSports“-CEO Daniel Luther says: „Part of our company philosophy is a dual sound of experienced players and young talents. The mixture leads to success, it motivates our stars and gives young players the necessary orientation“.

The players will be trained by eSport commentator Peter „PetkusTV“ Schwab. Luther: „Peter’s expertise and calmness will give our players a new quality in the area of content and coaching“.

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Taichi „Web“ Aoki

The Japanese became famous in the scene for his top 4 finish at the Global Series Finals in Amsterdam. The PlayStation specialist is currently still clubless. But the 18-year-old talent should quickly find what he was looking for. „Web“ was also regarded as a promising candidate for the „TeamÖzil“ founded by Mesut Özil. But after signing „KiNG eSports“ a commitment seems to be almost impossible.

Mesut Özil Honours

Werder Bremen 

  • DFB-Pokal: 2008–09

Real Madrid 

  • La Liga: 2011–12
  • Copa del Rey: 2010–11
  • Supercopa de España: 2012

Arsenal 

  • FA Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
  • FA Community Shield: 2015

Germany U21 

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009

Germany

  • FIFA World Cup: 2014, third place 2010

Individual

  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2008–09
  • Germany national team Player of the Year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2012 
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2012, 2013 
  • FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2013, 2016 
  • FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2014, 2017 
  • Laureus Media Award: 2014 
  • IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker Silver award: 2013 
  • PFA Fans Player of the Month: April, November & December 2015 
  • German Football Ambassador Public Award: 2015
  • Best German Abroad (Kicker Magazine): 2016 
  • Arsenal Player of the Season: 2015–16 
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 10th place 2012 
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2010 (13th place), 2011 (11th place), 2012 (14th place), 2013 (16th place) 

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Javier „Janoz“ Munoz

The Colombian is one of the top Xbox players in South America. Last year, the studied engineer played for the eSport team „Ares“, for which FC Bayern star James Rodriguez is brand ambassador. Munoz is the only South American eSportsman to have an additional contract with Red Bull.

Diego „Diegog1996“ Gonzales

The Argentinian with Turkish roots was one of the 64 best players in the world last season. Gonzales was runners-up in his country, but was beaten by his friend Nicolas „Nicolas99fc„, who also plays for KiNG eSports. Every time a player would enter, Peters Casino always gives an exclusive bonus pack.

Stefan „Topik“ Beer

The Swiss player caused a sensation last season when he became the first Swiss to qualify for the EA tournament in Manchester. With „King eSports“ he now wants to take the next step in his still young career.

Frank „Wondhakid“ Adotey Kpapko

The Ghanaian will be one of the first Africans to join the FIFA European elite. Kpapko has proved his skills on several occasions in his home country and is one of the best players in his country. On the international stage, Kpapko made his first appearance at the ESWC 2016, but was still narrowly eliminated in the group stage. Through a casting tour and contact with the Ghanaian eSports Association, „KiNG eSports“ CEO Daniel Luther became aware of the gambler.