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Leverkusen fight back to defeat Valencia

Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.52CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Valencia CF
Sidney Sam scored a wonderful winner as Leverkusen came from behind to move four points clear of their opponents in Group E.
by Ian Holyman
from BayArena

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Match statistics

LeverkusenValencia

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners4
 
7
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed15
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)40
 
60

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

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Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.52CET

Leverkusen fight back to defeat Valencia

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Valencia CF
Sidney Sam scored a wonderful winner as Leverkusen came from behind to move four points clear of their opponents in Group E.

A stunning strike from Sidney Sam capped an equally spectacular turnaround as Bayer 04 Leverkusen came from a goal down to end Valencia CF's unbeaten run in Group E.

A home victory looked highly unlikely after a first half dominated by the visitors. Yet with only Jonas's 24th-minute strike to show for their superiority, Valencia found themselves behind in the space of five second-half minutes. First André Schürrle equalised before Sam arrowed a sublime strike beyond Diego Alves to give Leverkusen back-to-back wins in the section.

For a team with a justified reputation as being defensively sound, Valencia began with an enterprising air, all incisive movement and crisp interplay. It should have brought an opening goal when, following a fleet-footed counterattack, Éver Banega's drive ricocheted into the path of the unmarked Soldado, who struck a post with the goal gaping.

The luckless striker would not have to wait long to make amends, showing the poise he had previously lacked to capitalise on a misunderstanding in the Leverkusen back four. From the left side of the area, the striker clipped in a fine pass with the outside of his boot and Jonas did the rest by passing it into the net having timed his run perfectly.

Another mistake led to Leno having to brilliantly parry both Jonas's drive and Pablo Hernández's follow-up as Leverkusen were in danger of being overwhelmed. Though clearly second best, they very nearly found themselves level at the break as Schürrle's spectacular dipping volley extended Diego Alves.

From the resulting corner, the Brazilian goalkeeper parried Michael Ballack's header straight onto Stefan Kiessling, who could do little but watch the ball bounce off his knee and agonisingly wide from point-blank range.

Having seen his defence shredded, Robin Dutt brought on Manuel Friedrich at half-time; the centre-back's arrival appearing to infuse confidence through the side. That belief manifested itself in a well-worked equaliser, as Michal Kadlec darted forward from left-back and his cross found Schürrle, whose sweetly struck shot from the edge of the area was too good for Diego Alves.

The balance of the match had swung, and unlike their visitors, Leverkusen quickly capitalised on their dominance. Having been picked out by Ballack's swerving pass, Sam burst clear of the Valencia defence down the right before striking a majestic curling shot into the far top corner with his left foot.

Valencia recovered from the blow to rally, but Leno's reflexes denied Soldado. The teenage custodian was then well positioned to cling onto a Jonas shot to ensure his team moved four points clear of their opponents ahead of the teams' reunion in Spain in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 25/01/13 9.36CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

valencia

Valencia

23
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
Substitution46
4
RamiAdil Rami
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
Yellow Card23
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
Yellow Card42
Substitution82
8
BenderLars Bender
7
JonasJonas
Goal24
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Yellow Card48
Goal52
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Yellow Card26
Substitution81
10
BanegaÉver Banega
Yellow Card22
13
BallackMichael Ballack
17
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
Substitution65
18
SamSidney Sam
Goal56
Substitution90+1
18
Víctor RuizVíctor Ruiz
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
19
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution65
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
23
MiguelMiguel
Yellow Card64

Substitutes

22
YelldellDavid Yelldell (GK)
13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
Substitution90+1
2
Bruno SaltorBruno Saltor
4
OczipkaBastian Oczipka
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
Substitution46
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution65
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
11
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution82
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution81
16
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution65
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa

Coach

Robin Dutt (GER) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Alasdair Ross (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Alan Muir (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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