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Leverkusen debuts 16-yr-olds in Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen has brought on two 16-year-olds and come from behind with a last-minute goal from Robert Andrich to snatch a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

Spanish forward Iker Bravo became the second-youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga – after Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko – when he came on in the 79th minute, only to become the third-youngest when Danish midfielder Zidan Sertdemir came on in the 86th.

Sertdemir is 16 years and 276 days old, 22 days younger than Bravo. Moukoko was 16 and a day when he made his league debut.

Hertha looked set to claim its fifth league win of the season through Stevan Jovetic’s goal before the break, but the home team’s players slumped on the field after Andrich’s last-gasp equaliser.

The Leverkusen midfielder chipped over the goalkeeper after Hertha failed to clear a free kick and wasted several good counter-attacking opportunities.

Andrich previously played for Hertha’s city rival Union Berlin and was sent off on his previous appearance at Olympiastadion in the derby.

Leverkusen’s winless streak in the league stretched to four games since the 5-1 loss at home to Bayern Munich on October 17, but Gerardo Seoane’s side is hard-hit by injuries.

Union also conceded late to let a potential win slip away as Anthony Modeste scored twice to earn a 2-2 draw for hosts Cologne.

Julian Ryerson and Grischa Promel’s first-half goals – after Modeste’s early goal – had put Union on course for its fifth win in five Bundesliga games altogether against Cologne.

Union could have moved fourth – the last qualification place for the Champions League – but Modeste struck again in the 86th to leave another capital club disappointed.

There were more goals and drama in injury time than in the 90 minutes of regular time as Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-1 at Greuther Furth in the last game before the international break.

Cedric Itten wheeled away in delight after scoring Furth’s equaliser in the second minute of injury time, only for Rafael Santos Borre to nab the visitors’ winner in the fourth. It was the third consecutive game in which Frankfurt scored in injury time.

Furth was the better team for much of the first half, but lacked the cutting edge to score. Frankfurt substitute Sebastian Rode showed the home side how to do it in the second half with a 75th-minute opener.

Furth remains last with one point – a Bundesliga record after 11 games.

Nine-time defending champions Bayern Munich stretched their lead to four points on Saturday.

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