Reggae Boy Leon Bailey Spurs Bayer Leverkusen to Victory

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Leverkusen's Leon Bailey, left, celebrates after scoring his side goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund in Leverkusen, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Jamaican international Leon Bailey scored once and turned provider for another as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 in the Bundesliga at the BayArena on Saturday.

Bailey, 23, flashed a shot over the cross in the second half before breaking the deadlock in the 70th minute when substitute Moussa Diaby sent a sweeping cross to the far post where the Jamaican met it and slotted it between goalkeeper Kevin Trapp’s legs.

Reggae Boy Bailey then set up Leverkusen’s second with a neat pass for substitute Lucas Alario to dink in 10 minutes from time.

Said Bailey, who has been directly involved in five goals in Leverkusen’s last two Bundesliga home games: “Well, you know it’s always nice scoring goals and, of course, helping the team as well.

“It was an important game … so I’m happy I was able to deliver.”

Frankfurt’s Andre Silva and the hosts’ Kerem Demirbay exchanged goals in added time as Leverkusen held on to maintain their outside chance of a top-four finish, while Frankfurt’s own Champions League aspirations suffered a setback.

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