Leon Bailey scores brace as Leverkusen blanks Cologne 3-0 in hunt for spot in Europe next season

By April 18, 2021

 

Jamaican winger Leon Bailey scored two goals and had an assist as Bayer Leverkusen blanked Cologne 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bailey put Leverkusen 1-0 in the fifth minute heading in a Moussa Diaby’s cross to the far post.

Diaby scored Leverkusen’s second five minutes after the interval after collecting Bailey’s cross inside the boss and rounding a defender.

Bailey added the third in the 76th minute after skipping past two defenders before sliding into the far corner of the goal.

“My quality came alive in the end,” said Bailey who was scoring his seventh and eighth goals of the season. “This is what I can do and it comes out in the moments, in the right times in the right games.”

He needs one more to tie his best ever output of nine goals during the 2017/2018 season.

The win also puts Leverkusen within six points of the European places for next season.

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