Bai­ley ded­i­cates as­sists to new­born

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - RACHID PARCH­MENT As­sis­tant Sports Edi­tor

Leon Bai­ley, back from wit­ness­ing the birth of his first child, ded­i­cated his two as­sists in Bayer Lev­erkusen’s win to the in­fant yes­ter­day.

Bayer kept their cam­paign for a spot in next sea­son’s UEFA Cham­pi­ons League alive with a 3-1 home win over Rhine ri­vals Cologne in the Ger­man Bun­desliga.

Bai­ley, who played 64 min­utes in the game, had an early im­pact when he played a cross into the box after a corner kick. It found Sven Ben­der on the right hand side of the area and he put away his left footed shot in the sev­enth minute to give Bayer the lead.

That lead was dou­bled in the 40th minute when Bai­ley found Kai Havertz, who beat Timo Horn in the Cologne goal with a left footed shot from the cen­tre of the box to the top left corner to make it 2-0.

Se­bas­ti­aan Bor­nauw got Cologne’s lone goal in the 59th minute, be­fore Moussa Di­aby made it 3-1 in the 83rd.

Lev­erkusen are in fourth place with 60 points, one ahead of fifth placed Borus­sia Mönchengla­d­bach, and three be­hind third placed RB Leipzig. All teams have com­pleted 32 of their 38 games in the Bun­desliga.

IM­POR­TANT VIC­TORY

Bai­ley went to In­sta­gram after the game to share his de­light with the rest of the world.

“[Two as­sists] for my boy. Im­por­tant vic­tory for the team,” he said.

That was fol­lowed by com­ments on the post from some of Bai­ley’s fa­mous friends.

His Ja­maica team­mate Bobby Reid re­sponded “Con­grats bro”, while lo­cal artiste Chris Martin com­mented “Power moves my G!”

Ja­maican-born Manch­ester City and Eng­land winger Ra­heem Ster­ling, who scored in his club’s 3-0 win over Arse­nal on their re­turn to ac­tion in the English Premier League yes­ter­day, also re­sponded.

“Trou­ble [with two fire emo­jis],” he said.

Bai­ley’s girl­friend, Stephanie Hope, gave birth to the in­fant in Ger­many on Sun­day. While de­lighted that the 22-year-old has now en­tered fa­ther­hood, his agent and adop­tive fa­ther Craig But­ler said the baby marks the next gen­er­a­tion of his Phoenix All Stars Foot­ball Academy. But he would not tell the name of the child, say­ing that the priv­i­lege of that an­nounce­ment to the world should be left to the par­ents.

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