February 25, 2021

Ghanaian defender Daniel Heber plays influential role for Essen in fightback win over Leverkusen

German-born Ghanaian defender Daniel Heber starred in defence for Rot-Weiss Essen as they kicked out Bayer Leverkusen from the German Pokal Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.

Heber, 26, lasted the entire period of the game and made a crucial clearance midway through the second-half as Leverkusen constantly bombarded their defence.

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Jamaican hitman Leon Bailey scored first for the visitors but a strong fight back inspired by collective team spirit and compact play led to substitute Oguzhan Kefkir levelling up the scoring three minutes after they had gone down.

Free-scoring Simon Engelmann claimed the match winner for the hosts and sent the host bench into joy when he planted the ball at the roof of the net in the 117th minute.

Former Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah started the game for Leverkusen while former Manchester City youth team product Jeremie Frimpong, who joined Leverkusen from Scottish giants Celtic, came off the bench in extra-time to feature for the losers on the evening.

Source: Sports

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