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Genk draw leaves Leverkusen second in Group E

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.55CET
KRC Genk 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Eren Derdiyok cancelled out Jelle Vossen's fine first-half opener but the point was not enough to prevent the visitors slipping to second place in Group E.
by Nick Foster
from KRC Genk Arena

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Match statistics

GenkLeverkusen

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target1
 
8
Corners5
 
7
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
5
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)42
 
58

Standings

Group E

PPts
1Chelsea FC Chelsea611
2Bayer 04 Leverkusen Leverkusen610
3Valencia CF Valencia68
4KRC Genk Genk63
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 22.55CET

Genk draw leaves Leverkusen second in Group E

KRC Genk 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Eren Derdiyok cancelled out Jelle Vossen's fine first-half opener but the point was not enough to prevent the visitors slipping to second place in Group E.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen had to settle for second place in Group E despite Eren Derdiyok's 79th-minute equaliser at KRC Genk.

The German side went into matchday six a point clear at the top of the standings and already certain of their place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the first time since 2004/05. Their hopes of holding on to top spot suffered a setback when Jelle Vossen volleyed the Belgian title holders into a 30th-minute lead and, despite Derdiyok's well-worked leveller, the draw allowed Chelsea FC to overtake Leverkusen to win the section.

Genk, cast adrift at the foot of the group, began nervously. Twice they ceded possession in central areas early on – always a danger with players of the calibre of Michael Ballack and Lars Bender ready to pounce. The home midfield, and Fabien Camus in particular, grew in confidence as the first half unfolded, while Sidney Sam and Derdiyok connected well for a Leverkusen team struggling to find the final ball.

Instead it was Vossen who struck first, meeting Dugary Ndabashinze's right-wing cross with a volley from just inside the penalty area that swerved inside Bernd Leno's left-hand post; the 22-year-old's second goal of the group stage.

Camus shot into the side netting and Jeroen Simaeys headed narrowly wide from a corner as the Belgian champions sought to add to their advantage before half-time, and the pattern continued into the second period. With Ndabashinze a constant threat, Leverkusen's hopes of finding a way back into the match looked to be slipping away.

Instead they nearly fashioned an equaliser in the 55th minute, the ball running free to Michael Ballack 20 metres out but the midfielder's aim was fractionally awry, his shot clipping the top of the crossbar. Derdiyok, previously shackled by Anthony Vanden Borre, then slipped his marker and almost converted an André Schürrle centre.

The Swiss striker made no mistake ten minutes later as he slotted in his sixth goal in four outings, converting Sam's low cross with the Genk defence for once caught out. Both sides looked for a winner, substitute Elyaniv Barda and Thomas Buffel forcing fine late saves from Leno, and that was a close as either team came. Despite finishing bottom of the group Genk remain unbeaten at home having drawn all three matches, while Leverkusen can now look forward to the 16 December draw.

Last updated: 27/11/12 20.20CET

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Lineups

genk

Genk

leverkusen

Leverkusen

26
KötelesLászló Köteles (GK)
23
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
8
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér (C)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Goal30
Yellow Card42
Substitution81
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
Substitution87
11
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
15
CamusFabien Camus
8
BenderLars Bender
16
NgongcaAnele Ngongca
9
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution68
17
SimaeysJeroen Simaeys
Yellow Card90
13
BallackMichael Ballack
20
NadsonNadson
18
SamSidney Sam
21
NdabashinzeDugary Ndabashinze
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Goal79
Yellow Card86
33
PudilDaniel Pudil
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
Substitution73
35
LimbombeAnthony Limbombe
Substitution75
27
CastroGonzalo Castro

Substitutes

1
SandomierskiGrzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
22
YelldellDavid Yelldell (GK)
5
GrimiLeandro Grimi
4
OczipkaBastian Oczipka
Substitution73
18
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution81
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
19
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution75
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution68
23
SarrMohamed Sarr
17
OrtegaMichael Ortega
27
NwangangaKennedy Nwanganga
20
Da CostaDanny da Costa
48
PeetersStef Peeters
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution87

Coach

Mario Been (NED) Robin Dutt (GER)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Daniele Orsato (ITA), Luca Banti (ITA)

Legend:

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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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