Now more than ever, Gerardo Seoane is threatened with the end: Bayer Leverkusen also blundered in the Champions League after the 0: 4 debacle at FC Bayern and thus increased the pressure on his coach, who was in serious trouble.
The penultimate of the Bundesliga lost a sometimes crazy game at FC Porto 0: 2 (0: 0) on Tuesday and thus missed a big step towards the round of 16.
Zaidu (69') and Galeno (87') scored the goals.
The performance and the attitude of the team over long stretches were arguments for the fact that Seoane will probably still get his job final on Saturday against FC Schalke.
If the Swiss player doesn't win with the Werkself against the promoted side either, his time in Leverkusen will almost certainly come to an end.
Schick fails from the point
The whole emotional rollercoaster of feelings for Seoane culminated just before the break when Porto scored, the goal was disallowed, Bayer received a hand penalty and Patrik Schick missed it (45).
A goal by Callum Hudson-Odoi had previously been disallowed (15').
To make matters worse, Jeremie Frimpong also saw yellow-red after repeated foul play (88.)
Seoane had calmed down in advance after club boss Fernando Carro had publicly stated that the club was "not unprepared" for a change of manager.
He finds it "only professional," said the 43-year-old and assured: "Personally, I can handle this situation well."
His team, who changed three positions, quickly tried to control the game and tried to gain security through possession of the ball.
In front of the eyes of the longtime head of sport Rudi Völler, who accompanied the team in his new function as a member of the shareholders' committee, Frimpong and Moussa Diaby were active on the right flank.
For three minutes Bayer seemed to have their reward as Hudson-Odoi volleyed a nice play from the far corner.
But after looking at several TV pictures, the English referee team found that Robert Andrich had previously played a foul when winning the ball.
After that, the game flattened out until events took a turn for the worse shortly after the break.
First of all, the Bayer keeper Lukas Hradecky, who had often made a mistake, made a strong save against Mateus Uribe (40th), then Schick failed at Diogo Costa (41st), in return Mehdi Taremi scored the supposed 1-0 for Porto.
Because of a handball by David Carmo in his own penalty area, the goal was not only disallowed, but instead Bayer were awarded a penalty – which Schick missed.
To make it even more bizarre, the Czech had also missed a penalty in the international match against Portugal ten days earlier.
And who was there in the gate?
At that time, Schick had shot over the goal, this time the Portuguese held.
Instead of 0:1 or 1:0 it was 0:0 at the break.
After the break, the game became wild and torn in front of 42,399 spectators.
Instead of great chances to score, there were now only four yellow cards within ten minutes as excitement.
Bayer never recovered from Zaidu's goal.
Wendell was unlucky for the Portuguese.
The left-back, who played a total of 250 competitive games for Bayer between 2014 and 2021, had to have his foot treated after a foul by Adam Hlozek in the 12th minute.
20 minutes later his own goalkeeper rammed him in a rescue attempt.
The Brazilian lay dazed on the ground but bounced back and lasted until the 63rd minute.