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Watertight Leverkusen book early passage

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.20CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 SK Rapid Wien
Leverkusen are through to the last 32 after complementing a fourth straight clean sheet with goals from Jens Hegeler, André Schürrle and Manuel Friedrich.
by Paul Curran
from BayArena
Watertight Leverkusen book early passage
Manuel Friedrich (centre) celebrates his goal against Rapid ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.20CET

Watertight Leverkusen book early passage

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 SK Rapid Wien
Leverkusen are through to the last 32 after complementing a fourth straight clean sheet with goals from Jens Hegeler, André Schürrle and Manuel Friedrich.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen confirmed their place in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League with a convincing 3-0 victory against SK Rapid Wien that also brought a fourth successive Group K clean sheet for the Bundesliga side.

Goals from Jens Hegeler, André Schürrle and Manuel Friedrich secured three decisive points for the Rhineland club, who are now assured of a top-two spot in their section. Solid again at the back, Leverkusen can likewise pride themselves on being the only team in the group stage yet to concede, while point-less Rapid are out.

The Austrian team were out to break a run of eight consecutive losses on German soil, but a 4-0 home defeat on matchday three highlighted the scale of their task. It became harder still after just four minutes, Hegeler nodding in the rebound after a Junior Fernándes header had bounced back off the crossbar.

Two minutes later, the visitors' bar was rattled again by a curling Daniel Carvajal cross. Rapid's response, in the face of a well-organised defence, was limited to two real chances. The first fell to Stefan Kulovits, who shot wide from 12 metres on the half-hour, before Christopher Trimmel clipped a post with a 40th-minute header from a superb Thomas Schrammel cross.

Leverkusen rediscovered their momentum in the second period and stylishly doubled their advantage on 53 minutes. Terrence Boyd headed a Friedrich cross only as far as Schürrle and, 20 metres out, the German international smashed a fierce volley into the bottom corner.

Another dangerous delivery, this time a corner, brought a third goal when Ömer Toprak's cushioned header set up Friedrich to nod past Lukas Königshofer 24 minutes from time.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.14CET

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