Wednesday October 19, 2011 Group Stage: Group E Finished BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Valencia CF

  • Schürrle 52’
  • Sam 56’
  • Jonas 24’

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  1. Leverkusen stun Valencia

    Leverkusen stun Valencia

    Hosts Bayer Leverkusen recovered from a disastrous first half to come from behind and defeat Valencia 2-1 in the Champions League. More

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    Time:90'
    • Bayer Leverkusen
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+4' ....and they have! Full time at the BayArena! Can you say "game of two halves"?
    • 90+3' The corner ends with a free-kick to Bayer for a shove in the box. They're almost there, what a turnaround this has been............
    • 90+2' This is the second of three minutes added on at the end. Toprak puts out a low Soldado cross with Adruiz lurking six yards out.
    • 90+1' ...but the right-sided attack ends in a throw-in. Late change to wrap up the six subs sees possible matchwinner Sam make way for a defender, Daniel Schwaab.
    • 90' Valencia are finding plenty of opportunities on the right-hand side. Miguel crosses again and though it's headed clear at first, it sparks a manic scramble on the second ball which Bayer eventually get away and break from...
    • 89' Miguel's driven cross richochets off a couple of legs but away from danger until the visitors come knocking again. Jonas has a shot caught by Leno.
    • 88' Schurrle is back to defend and deny Feghouli the chance to get a ball in on the right flank.
    • 87' The Germans break once more from a Valencia corner and it takes Alves to rush out to beat Derdiyok to it and clear.
    • 86' Now here come the home side, looking to finish this one off on the break. Schurrle doesn't want any help, he's going it alone... he runs across the edge of the area beating three before shooting at Alves. Great stuff up until the finish.
    • 85' Soldado times his run well to go for a punt into the Bayer danger zone but he just can't get the finishing touch to poke it past Leno.
    • 84' Four Leverkusen players stand around a 30-yard central free-kick. Derdiyok tries his luck from there... it's hit well, it's hit hard, and Alves parries! Valencia clear their lines. But what a hit!
    • 83' Sami Hyypia, recipient of many a flattering chant when things were going against the home side, is actually here tonight at the BayArena.
    • 82' It is: Albelda delivers the armband to his replacement, Adruiz, who then hands it over to Soldado.
    • 81' Valencia are now prepping their final change. You have to imagine it'll be an attacking switch.
    • 80' Sam cuts inside from the right to fire over. Eren Derdiyok comes on for Kiessling, which is understandable despite the striker shaking off his knock.
    • 78' Keissling is back on. The stretcher wasn't needed after all. Makes you wonder if he stayed down in gamesmanship.
    • 77' He caught himself while putting pressure on Remi, and the stretcher is out.
    • 76' Keissling is on the floor in agony. Valencia choose not to put the ball out of play, much to the anger of the home fans, but the referee brings the game to a halt anyway. It's a knee injury, not the head.
    • 75' A battle for possession between Rolfes and Soldado ends with a Bayer defensive free-kick as the striker fouls the captain.
    • 74' Jonas heads the second ball from a cleared cross at goal, but Leno again is there to catch. Chelsea have their fifth, Kalou getting this one.
    • 73' Feghouli finds enough space for another ball in from the right, but there's nobody in the box to attack it and Leno claims unopposed. Valencia attack again soonafter and SOLDADO! Is denied again by Leno!
    • 71' ... it's cleared but the visitors still have it, some good passing but Leverkusen hold firm and eventually get the counter-attack opportunity they were looking for. It goes to waste in the final third.
    • 70' Feghouli wins his side a corner which Banega will take...
    • 69' Castro and Kadlec take a leaf from the Valencia playbook with a fake-and-short-pass routine which culminates in a Castro cross being cleared from the danger zone.
    • 68' Ballack is tripped by Canales about ten yards behind the right-hand corner of the penalty area. Free-kick coming up.
    • 67' I have to wonder if Robin Dutt has ever worked on the Samaritans emergency helpline. What a half-time pep talk that had to be. This is a completely different Leverkusen side, and only one HT switch was made (and it was at centre-back!)
    • 66' Alba makes way for Sergio Canales, and Sofiane Feghouli is on for Pablo.
    • 65' Miguel is booked. Double sub coming up for the visitors...
    • 64' Keissling fires into the arms of Alves. It wasn't a bad effort, but he had other options from outside the area.
    • 63' Remi once again outmuscles a Bayer forward, this time Keissling. The striker wants a foul, but the referee is well aware that their tussle was 50-50. Each had their hands on the other's shirt.
    • 62' They continue to search, and Bender fails to slip a pass through the legs of his man and put Schurrle through.
    • 61' Great spell of pressure from the home side but they can't find the opening for a shot at goal.
    • 60' Remi is strong to deny Castro the opportunity to break free on the right almost identically to how Sam did for Bayer's second minutes previously.
    • 59' Matthieu is overzealous with a cross from the left but Miguel collects it on the opposite flank. He goes for the low cutback for a tap-in but it's intercepted and cleared.
    • 58' Valencia look to respond fast, and Soldado fires wide from Hernandez' decent low centre.
    • 57' The through ball from Ballack set Sam free on the right wing, he reached the corner of the penalty area and curled a supreme finish past Alves and into the far top corner. Get a video of that one! It's Sam's first goal in seven.
    • 56' Valencia come forward now but what a counter from Bayer! What pace from Sam! WHAT A FINISH! 2-1!
    • 55' Said corner is cleared only as far as Sam, whose first-time strike limps wide of the near post.
    • 54' It's all Bayer now, believe it or not. Castro's early cross from the right is deflected into the path of Bender who forces a corner.
    • 53' Great finish, low into the far corner. Unstoppable. He rescued a point for his side at the weekend against Monchengladbach. Will he do that - or more - here?
    • 52' Leverkusen win a free kick for a shirt pull but take it quickly. Ballack fails to get a final ball past his man but it falls to Kadlec who pulls back to the edge of the box from the left wing and finds SCHURRLE! 1-1!
    • 50' And again, a defensive throw-in takes an age to be delivered, frustrating home players and fans alike. This could backfire on Valencia if it fires up the opposition.
    • 49' Alves is already employing the time-wasting tactics, taking forever with a goal kick and drawing the ire of the fans behind him in the process.
    • 48' Schurrle comes in extremely late on Miguel. In fact, with studs showing he's fortunate to only get a yellow.
    • 47' Manuel Friedrich makes his CL debut coming on in a defensive like-for-like for Reinartz. It'll be the first minutes Reinartz misses in the tournament so far this season, and it looks like he's taking the burden for the poor defending on display in the first half.
    • 46' Leverkusen kick-off the second half, and they've made a change...
    • 45+1' Leverkusen end the half with a delightful burst forward which ends when Bender's early cross is stopped by the first man. And there's the half-time whistle.
    • 45' Quiet end to an entertaining half unfolding Just the one minute of time added on to be played, too.
    • 44' Ivanovic has made it four-nil Chelsea on the stroke of half-time. This could end up having rammifications come December if the group comes down to goal difference. Even the matter of who finishes top.
    • 43' Not a good CL matchday for the Germans thus far. Bayern ship their first goal in 13 games last night, Leverkusen trail at home and Dortmund are behind for the second time against Olympiakos.
    • 42' Albelda fouls Bender in the midst of the Bayer pressure and that gets him a booking. The free-kick is 25-27 yards out, just right of centre. Castro whips it into the danger zone but Valencia spring an immediate offside trap. It looked as if they were all fleeing a running of the bulls!
    • 41' Kadlec attempts to slip a low pass into the area, Miguel intercepts. This has been a great five minute spell for Leverkusen.
    • 40' The corner goes to the near post where KEISSLING IS UNMARKED! ALVES TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! The save rebounds off Ballack but goes agonisingly wide of the post. This is far from over, performance and stats be damned.
    • 39' Kadlec has a shot from distance blocked by Rami but it falls to SCHURRLE! Tipped over by Alves! That would have been a phenomenal goal if not for the keeper!
    • 38' Valencia are still not afraid to attempt to play themselves out of very tight defensive scenarios. It's perversely entertaining even if it's bound to backfire at some point.
    • 37' Leverkusen's gradual improvement continues and Sam has a curling cross blocked and cleared. The hosts collect themselves and attack again from the opposite flank, only for the Kadlec delivery to sail out for another goal kick.
    • 35' Bayer counter-attack looks tasty until Ballack has his go at overcooking a final ball. Just like his attempt to receive from Sam, it goes over the byline.
    • 33' Good work by Sam almost puts Ballack through but the ball's a tad overhit and the vice-captain is unable to keep it in. Goal kick.
    • 32' Corner is met by the head of an unmarked Remi but Rolfes is there to block with his chest. Jonas is offside on the second wave of the attack.
    • 31' JONAS! Great save by Leno! Pablo with the rebound is thwarted by the keeper as well! What a double save!
    • 30' Two for Torres, three for Chelsea. Less than half an hour played and the Londoners are out of sight over there. That's bad news for Leverkusen at the moment: they could be out of reach of the knockout stages within a fortnight.
    • 29' Diego Alves catches the corner in his first real action of the game, and launches an amazing throw downfield in an attempt to spark a counter. Eventually, Soldado heads a good cross over the bar. Close range stuff.
    • 28' Want a sobering stat? Valencia have had 9 shots, 2 on target. Bayer have had 0. And erm, 0 of those on target. But they have another corner.
    • 27' Leverkusen finally put Valencia truly on the back foot with a decent attack, orchestrated by Sam, which the back line are at full stretch to clear not once but twice.
    • 26' Bayer's short-term reaction isn't a good one: Keissling gets a booking himself for a foul on Albelda. The home fans are ironically chanting for now-retired Sami Hyypia at the shoddy defending for the goal.
    • 25' Awful defending by Leverkusen gifts Soldado the ball out on the left, the striker crafting a beautiful low centre for the tap-in by his strike partner.
    • 24' GOAL! Valencia finally take the lead! It's Jonas!
    • 23' Rolfes is next in the book, making two cautions in quick succession. The foul was standard stuff on Jonas but the official makes it clear the card is for constant fouling, not that it does much to quell the protests of Ballack.
    • 22' Banega comes in late on Lars Bender just as Bayer start to string together some decent play, and it earns the Argentine playmaker the game's first yellow card.
    • 21' What a terrible start from Leverkusen so far. Unless they buck up their ideas, they won't go into the interval on level terms.
    • 20' Kadlec's corner is headed clear before Valencia win possession at the second ball and counter. Banega's distance drive deflects into the path of SOLDADO! Off the post!
    • 19' Albelda fouls Ballack in the centre-circle and after working the free-kick short, Sam wins the home side their first corner.
    • 18' Jonas' deflected low cross aiming for Pablo is cleared by Reinartz for an attacking throw. From it, Miguel crosses straight into the arms of Leno.
    • 17' Bayer finally attack through promising youngster Schurrle, but he's dispossessed in a 2-on-1.
    • 16' ... another intricate play follows, as the free-kick goes short and is back-heeled first time to Pablo Hernandez, he's clean through! But takes a horrible first touch and Bayer get it away.
    • 15' Rolfes gets a final warning for a foul which gives the visitors a free-kick 30 yards out, dead central. Matthieu and Banega are standing over it...
    • 14' Soldado goes down on the edge of the area. He's told to get up by the referee. Matthieu fires a strong effort straight at Leno. Chelsea are now two up, Torres and Mereiles with the goals.
    • 13' Another short corner routine is headed clear. Banega eventually fires over the bar.
    • 12' Superb backheeled assist by Jonas to find Pablo. Valencia win corner number four as the home fans jeer and whistle at the poor start from their side.
    • 11' Jonas' shot is blocked by Kadlec after Soldado's assist. Third corner for the Spaniards is taken short and played patiently backwards.
    • 10' Chelsea are ahead at home to Genk, also in this group.
    • 9' Confident start from the away side against a hesitant Leverkusen outfit. Still a long way to go though, plenty of time for the Germans to find their stride.
    • 8' Jonas' attempt at an early cross is stopped by Toprak.
    • 7' It was Rolfes with the block, partly assisted by Soldado's own team-mate Remi. Valencia still have it, and a driven cross flashes across the goal mouth.
    • 6' Another corner for Valencia, this one from the opposite side but again taken low and Soldado has a shot blocked.
    • 5' Keissling's attempted cut inside the penalty area to pick out Sam is cut out before Rolfes concedes a foul by pulling back Banega.
    • 4' Banega takes it deceptively low to the near post where Jonas flicks it on towards Matthieu, but his tame shot is blocked and cleared.
    • 3' Valencia try to play their way out of good pressure inside their own final third until Miguel eventually lures the foul off Ballack. They work it forward from the back rather stylishly and win the game's first corner.
    • 2' Matthieu is onside collecting a raking ball down the left flank, to the shock of the Leverkusen defence, but he's unable to bring it down with a delicate enough touch and the ball goes off for our first goal kick.
    • 1' Valencia get the game underway.
    • 19:45 The teams are on the pitch at the BayArena - all black for the home side, all white for the visitors. Kick-off is next!
    • 19:40 Leno may be second in command behind Adler, but he is currently the top shot stopper in this Champions League campaign with fifteen saves so far. He may well have a few chances to add to that tally up against Soldado, who has 8 goals from 12 CL appearances thus far.
    • 19:35 Of course those three finals between them are the only ones they've managed to make in the tournament's history. This is their first ever competitive meeting against each other.
    • 19:30 Both sides were Champions League runners-up in adjacent years: 2001 for Valencia (as well as the season before, too) and 2002 for Leverkusen. Ironically, the former were defeated by a German side (Bayern Munich) and the latter were of course thwarted by THAT Zidane goal, giving the trophy to a Spanish side (Real Madrid).
    • 19:25 It's not looking that much more encouraging for the visitors: Valencia have won only one of their last 14 European ties against German opponents, though eight have ended as draws.
    • 19:20 Stats time: Leverkusen have only one victory against Spanish opposition to their name in their last eleven attempts. That includes zero wins in the last seven tries, and just one win on home soil in the last five occasions they have played host to a Spanish club.
    • 19:15 A positive 4-2-3-1 formation for the hosts, with Michael Ballack leading a three-man attacking midfield surge just behind front man Stefan Kiessling. Solid organisation the name of the game for Valencia, fielding 4-4-2 tonight with Ever Banega returning to start alongside David Albelda in central midfield. Craig Thomson of Scotland is the referee.
    • 19:10 TEAMS - Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Reinartz, Toprak, M. Kadlec, Castro; Rolfes, Bender, Ballack, Sam; Schürrle, Kiessling. Subs: Yelldell, Schwaab, Oczipka, Friedrich, Balitsch, Derdiyok, Jorgensen. /// Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Pablo, Albelda, Ever, Mathieu, Soldado, Jonas. Subs: Guaita, Bruno, Topal, Feghouli, Aduriz, Canales, Ricardo Costa.
    • 19:05 Still awaiting confirmation of the line-ups tonight, but there's a few players we know will miss out. Tranquillo Barnetta, Renato Augusto and Michael Ortega all miss out for Leverkusen, each with a knee injury. They're also without their first-choice keeper, Rene Adler. Valencia meanwhile will have to make do without Tino Costa and long-term absentee Hedwiges Maduro.
    • 19:00 Valencia manager Unai Emery said: "We still have four group matches to play. We think that Bayer Leverkusen will be our toughest competitors for second place. Whoever is second after the two next matches are obviously favourites, but then there are two more games to be played. We must not forget that we have not won a single match so far. Tomorrow, we play to win, that's our only intention. We have to focus our energy on this single goal, we will have to reach our short-term goals."
    • 18:55 Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt said: "Valencia and us have both said that this game is like a final. If we don't win at home against Valencia, we have to go there and get an away win. My goal is to win a title with Leverkusen, but it won't happen this year; there is a super-team [Bayern] preventing us. But I do believe that honest and diligent work will prevail in the end."
    • 18:50 Things remain very tight in Group E after the first two matchdays, and the games between the German and Spanish sides over the coming weeks could decide which of the two make it to the knockout stage. Full table
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League group stage clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia! Kick-off is one hour away!
  • Summary

    • 89' Miguel's driven cross richochets off a couple of legs but away from danger until the visitors come knocking again. Jonas has a shot caught by Leno.
    • 86' Now here come the home side, looking to finish this one off on the break. Schurrle doesn't want any help, he's going it alone... he runs across the edge of the area beating three before shooting at Alves. Great stuff up until the finish.
    • 84' Four Leverkusen players stand around a 30-yard central free-kick. Derdiyok tries his luck from there... it's hit well, it's hit hard, and Alves parries! Valencia clear their lines. But what a hit!
    • 73' Feghouli finds enough space for another ball in from the right, but there's nobody in the box to attack it and Leno claims unopposed. Valencia attack again soonafter and SOLDADO! Is denied again by Leno!
    • 56' Valencia come forward now but what a counter from Bayer! What pace from Sam! WHAT A FINISH! 2-1!
    • 54' It's all Bayer now, believe it or not. Castro's early cross from the right is deflected into the path of Bender who forces a corner.
    • 52' Leverkusen win a free kick for a shirt pull but take it quickly. Ballack fails to get a final ball past his man but it falls to Kadlec who pulls back to the edge of the box from the left wing and finds SCHURRLE! 1-1!
    • 40' The corner goes to the near post where KEISSLING IS UNMARKED! ALVES TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! The save rebounds off Ballack but goes agonisingly wide of the post. This is far from over, performance and stats be damned.
    • 39' Kadlec has a shot from distance blocked by Rami but it falls to SCHURRLE! Tipped over by Alves! That would have been a phenomenal goal if not for the keeper!
    • 31' JONAS! Great save by Leno! Pablo with the rebound is thwarted by the keeper as well! What a double save!
    • 29' Diego Alves catches the corner in his first real action of the game, and launches an amazing throw downfield in an attempt to spark a counter. Eventually, Soldado heads a good cross over the bar. Close range stuff.
    • 24' GOAL! Valencia finally take the lead! It's Jonas!
    • 20' Kadlec's corner is headed clear before Valencia win possession at the second ball and counter. Banega's distance drive deflects into the path of SOLDADO! Off the post!
    • 16' ... another intricate play follows, as the free-kick goes short and is back-heeled first time to Pablo Hernandez, he's clean through! But takes a horrible first touch and Bayer get it away.
    • 19:10 TEAMS - Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Reinartz, Toprak, M. Kadlec, Castro; Rolfes, Bender, Ballack, Sam; Schürrle, Kiessling. Subs: Yelldell, Schwaab, Oczipka, Friedrich, Balitsch, Derdiyok, Jorgensen. /// Valencia: Diego Alves, Miguel, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Pablo, Albelda, Ever, Mathieu, Soldado, Jonas. Subs: Guaita, Bruno, Topal, Feghouli, Aduriz, Canales, Ricardo Costa.

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    Manager: Robin Dutt

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    Manager: Unai Emery

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