Seoane praises record-breaking Bundesliga debutants Bravo and Sertdemir

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Germany: Bundesliga

Hertha BSC S. Jovetić (42)

Olympiastadion Berlin1-1Attendance: 22.187

Leverkusen R. Andrich (90)

By Henrik Petersen

Bayer Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane sung the praises of highly-rated youngsters Zidan Sertdemir and Iker Bravo after they made their Bundesliga debuts against Hertha BSC yesterday.

Zidan Sertdemir.
Zidan Sertdemir. Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

At the age of 16 years and 276 days, Zidan Sertdemir became the youngest Bundesliga debutant in Bayer Leverkusen’s history when he was subbed on towards the end of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Hertha BSC.

Spanish youngster Iker Bravo, who is 22 days older than his Danish teammate, had already come on to make his debut earlier in the second half, meaning ‘Die Werkself’ had two 16-year-old’s on the pitch at the same time.

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“The debuts of Sertdemir and Bravo are the reward for hard work,” Leverkusen coach Geardo Seoane told reporters after the game.

“It takes a lot of work to get to the very top. Not just for the players, but also for their families. It’s very gratifying.”

Hertha BSC
(4-2-3-1)
1 Alexander Schwolow
2 Peter Pekarík
5 Niklas Stark (C)
31 Márton Dárdai
21 Marvin Plattenhardt
18 Santiago Ascacíbar ↩80
8 Suat Serdar
23 Marco Richter ↩88
6 Vladimír Darida ↩80
17 Maximilian Mittelstädt ↩88
19 Stevan Jovetić ↩73
Bench
32 Oliver Christensen
7 Davie Selke ↪73
9 Krzysztof Piątek
14 Ishak Belfodil
27 Kevin-Prince Boateng ↪80
30 Dennis Jastrzembski ↪88
44 Linus Gechter
10 Jurgen Ekkelenkamp ↪88
29 Lucas Tousart ↪80
Leverkusen
(4-2-3-1)
1 Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30 Jeremie Frimpong ↩86
4 Jonathan Tah
12 Edmond Tapsoba
33 Piero Hincapié ↩61
25 Exequiel Palacios ↩61
8 Robert Andrich
19 Moussa Diaby
10 Kerem Demirbay
7 Paulinho ↩79
31 Amine Adli ↩86
Bench
36 Niklas Lomb
40 Andrey Lunev
28 Iker Bravo Solanilla ↪79
3 Panagiotis Retsos
6 Kossonou Odilon ↪86
22 Daley Sinkgraven ↪61
11 Nadiem Amiri ↪61
29 ↪86

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