Alario signed on August 31 from River Plate for 19m euros ($22.7m), but legal wranglings over his contract delayed his debut and Leverkusen only got permission by FIFA to play him on Friday. Volland opened the scoring after chesting down and slamming his shot home on 20 minutes.
#CurrentMood ...how good were these 3 guys today?!#B04HSV | 3:0 pic.twitter.com/oZLbIg6hCw— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) September 24, 2017
Alario doubled the damage three minutes later when he converted Bailey's pin-point accurate cross.
With his second brace of the season, @KeVolland is your Man of the Match for #B04HSV! ? pic.twitter.com/VSg4EqA3dV— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) September 24, 2017
Volland added his second and Leverkusen's third on 83 minutes after Alario laid the ball off to him to cap a dream debut. The points lift Leverkusen up to 10th while Hamburg are 15th, just above the relegation zone.
Sounds like Heiko Herrlich was just as impressed with Alario's debut today as the rest of us were!#B04HSV | 3:0 pic.twitter.com/7RnnWvtRs6September 24, 2017
Earlier, Hanover 96 were held to a goalless draw at home by Bundesliga bottom side Cologne to leave defending champions Bayern Munich third after their shock draw with Wolfsburg on Friday. Cologne picked up their first point in six games by containing Hanover, who dominated possession but could not break the deadlock. Japan forward Yuya Osako and defender Lukas Kluenter had chances for Cologne while Niklas Fuellkrug missed a good opportunity at the other end for Hanover.
.@bayer04_en take the 3️⃣ points, courtesy of @lucasalario13 and @KeVolland.Match reaction ? https://t.co/V43oLqDmFH #B04HSV pic.twitter.com/BX0V0G8g9I — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 24, 2017
The result means Hanover stay fourth in the table, missing the chance to climb above Bayern, who threw away a two-goal lead in Friday's 2-2 draw in Munich against Wolfsburg. Borussia Dortmund are two points clear at the top after their 6-1 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick. The pressure is growing on Cologne coach Peter Stoeger, who steered them to promotion from the second division in 2013-14 to finish fifth last season. His team has now scored just one goal and taken one point in their first six league games.
? #Stöger: "It feels good to have something to take with us after such a long time. A point is better than nothing." #effzeh #H96KOE pic.twitter.com/Nntx0t7Dxh— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 24, 2017
RESULTS Hanover 0 Cologne 0 Bayer Leverkusen 3 (Volland 20, 83, Alario 23) Hamburg 0
6️⃣ matchdays down...It's shaping up to be an exciting season in the #Bundesliga ? pic.twitter.com/sNjoX2rsut — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 24, 2017
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