Stefan Kieβling, Bayer Leverkusen Are Making an Early Statement

By Douglas Smith
Stefan Kiessling Bayer Leverkusen
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Entering the second week of the Bundesliga season, it is Bayer Leverkusen that has made the biggest statement. Striker Stefan Kieβling is on fire and showing no signs of slowing down. Leverkusen advanced to the Group Stage of the Champions League with a dominant win over København and Kieβling tallied twice. They are rolling after a great win last weekend that featured the quickest goal ever scored in the Bundesliga. Even in the early season it is hard to ignore Leverkusen’s quality.

Heung-Min Son scored in the second minute against København and the route was on. Hakan Calhanoglu and Kießling had Leverkusen up 3-0 by the 31st minute. At this point, the aggregate was 6-2 after a 3-2 victory away from home. The win means that four teams from the Bundesliga will be a part of the Champions League Group Stage Draw on Thursday. 

Kießling made it 4-0 in the 65th minute. This was his ninth goal in four games. The Werkself beat Waldalgesheim 6-0 in the DFB Pokal and the 30-year-old striker scored five. He had his hat trick in the 31st minute. Kießling opened this year’s Bundesliga account in matchday one against Dortmund  to cap off the 2-0 victory. He has scored double-digit goals in the Bundesliga six times. Last year, he was the leading German goal scorer in the Bundesliga with 15 goals. In 2012-13, Kießling scored 25 league goals. 

Leverkusen won four of their last five matches last season. They have a good match up this weekend against Hertha Berlin. After the international break, they will face Werder Bremen. There is a high possibility that Leverkusen will have nine points and an established positive goal differential by September 13. That fast start will be better than quick goals, but Kieβling will make sure those keep happening as well.

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