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Leverkusen stun Chelsea to progress

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 22.56CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Chelsea FC
Manuel Friedrich headed a winning goal in added time to complete a home comeback which sealed qualification from Group E.
by Ian Holyman
from BayArena

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Match statistics

LeverkusenChelsea

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners10
 
0
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
8
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 November 2011, 22.56CET

Leverkusen stun Chelsea to progress

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Chelsea FC
Manuel Friedrich headed a winning goal in added time to complete a home comeback which sealed qualification from Group E.

Manuel Friedrich was the unlikely match winner as Bayer 04 Leverkusen dramatically earned themselves a place in the round of 16 by coming from behind to end Chelsea FC's unbeaten record in Group E.

The commanding central defender headed the decisive goal in added time to send the German club to the top of the section. Didier Drogba had put Chelsea in front three minutes after the break, but Eren Derdiyok, on the pitch for barely two minutes, levelled with 17 minutes left before Friedrich's last-gasp intervention.

Robin Dutt's in-form side will look to wrap up the group by winning away to the bottom club KRC Genk on matchday six, when Chelsea will need to get the better of Valencia CF – 7-0 victors tonight – to guarantee progress along with their conquerors.

Chelsea had drawn both away matches in the section prior to arriving in Germany, but immediately looked at home in unfamiliar surroundings. Drogba dragged an early opportunity wide before Ramires released Daniel Sturridge down the right. The forward's cross was deftly handled by Bernd Leno with Drogba at close quarters.

While the visitors' passing game oozed nonchalance and no mean menace, Leverkusen produced little from their scraps of possession. Yet they came closest to opening the scoring when ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack used his prodigious spring to rise and nod Gonzalo Castro's corner off the bar with Petr Čech seemingly beaten.

Leno was equally powerless when Drogba snapped on to a Sturridge through ball. The Ivorian rounded the Leverkusen goalkeeper, but was betrayed by his balance and foiled by the ever-tightening angle as his shot drifted over the unguarded goal. Sturridge's ability to pick a pass was problematic for the hosts, and his evident understanding with Drogba was fundamental in Chelsea going ahead.

Sturridge's curling lofted ball was brilliantly brought down by his strike partner, who turned and held off Friedrich to fire low beyond Leno. It took a pair of spectacular Čech saves from Ballack to keep the English club ahead, however. An overhead kick from the 35-year-old was tipped over before, from the resulting corner, Čech threw himself at his former team-mate to brilliantly block a point-blank shot.

It was the sort of save that wins matches, but Čech's efforts ultimately counted for nothing. First Sidney Sam set up Derdiyok for the equaliser before Friedrich rose to meet Castro's corner with seconds remaining to send the BayArena into raptures and Leverkusen into the next round.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.13CET

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Quotes

  • Robin Dutt

    Read more"It's an outstanding night for the team and I'm part of the team, so it was a great night for me as well"

  • André Villas-Boas

    Read more"So we must improve, we have no excuses. If we want to go to the next step we have to do better"

Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

chelsea

Chelsea

23
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
Substitution57
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card55
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
Goal90+1
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Substitution69
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
7
RamiresRamires
8
BenderLars Bender
8
LampardFrank Lampard
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Yellow Card36
Substitution83
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution66
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card44
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal48
18
SamSidney Sam
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Yellow Card72
Substitution80
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
Yellow Card39
Substitution71
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)

Substitutes

36
GieferFabian Giefer (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
9
TorresFernando Torres
4
OczipkaBastian Oczipka
Substitution83
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution80
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution57
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution66
17
OrtegaMichael Ortega
20
McEachranJosh McEachran
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution71
Goal73
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
33
AlexAlex
Substitution69

Coach

Robin Dutt (GER) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Sandor Szabo (HUN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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