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Last-gasp Hegeler helps Leverkusen beat Real

Published: Wednesday 2 October 2013, 22.47CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Jens Hegeler's added-time free-kick got Leverkusen's Group A campaign back on track after La Real seemed to have secured a first point.
by Steffen Potter
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Published: Wednesday 2 October 2013, 22.47CET

Last-gasp Hegeler helps Leverkusen beat Real

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Jens Hegeler's added-time free-kick got Leverkusen's Group A campaign back on track after La Real seemed to have secured a first point.

Jens Hegeler's added-time free-kick got Bayer 04 Leverkusen's UEFA Champions League Group A campaign back on track at the expense of Real Sociedad de Fútbol.

In a meeting of two sides beaten a fortnight ago, Simon Rolfes put Leverkusen ahead just before the break, only for Carlos Vela to level shortly after the restart. With Jagoba Arrasate's team making good use of the space allowed by the hosts in the second half, the visitors would have deserved a point but were denied when substitute Hegeler curled his kick majestically into the top left-hand corner.

Amid slick early passing by either side, Leverkusen came close in the third minute when a Son Heung-Min effort from close range was kept out by Claudio Bravo. Although the Bundesliga club registered more shots, both teams refused to go all-out in attack, relying instead on their four or five most advanced players to create danger and keeping the rest back most of the time.

Leverkusen did threaten from distance with a Rolfes shot which Bravo did well to parry. At the other end of the pitch, home custodian Bernd Leno had more problems keeping out a swirling Antoine Griezmann free-kick.

Leno then had to head the ball clear when positioned outside the area and just in front of the lurking Haris Seferovic to prevent the opener. However, team-mate Stefan Kiessling missed the chance to impress watching Germany coach Joachim Löw when he powered into the area and sent his low drive fractionally past the far post.

The sheer willpower of Rolfes was instrumental in the breakthrough moments before half-time. Not surprisingly it came from a set piece, a free-kick delivered by Sidney Sam that Rolfes met with an emphatic header. Bravo made the block, but the Leverkusen captain followed up to force in the rebound.

Shortly after the restart, La Real were level. After Roberto Hilbert felled Vela in the box, the former Arsenal FC striker stepped up himself, failed to beat Leno with a low effort, but tapped in the loose ball for the equaliser.

The game turned into a more open affair now, with first Gorka Elustondo and then Vela going very close to scoring. Leverkusen's full-backs were pushing up higher than before and that in turn afforded La Real the space they so relish, Leno having to hold an Alberto de la Bella effort from promising position. Even so, Robbie Kruse and Kiessling missed great opportunities before Hegeler took charge and scored the unexpected winner.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.01CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

real sociedad

Real Sociedad

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
Yellow Card52
1
BravoClaudio Bravo (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
2
Carlos MartínezCarlos Martínez
4
WollscheidPhilipp Wollscheid
3
GonzálezMikel González (C)
Yellow Card45
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
Goal45+1
4
ElustondoGorka Elustondo
7
Son Heung-Min                     Son Heung-Min
Substitution68
5
Markel BergaraMarkel Bergara
8
BenderLars Bender
6
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution84
14
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
8
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution68
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution68
11
VelaCarlos Vela
Penalty51
Goal51
Yellow Card56
18
SamSidney Sam
Substitution85
17
ZurutuzaDavid Zurutuza
Substitution90
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
24
de la BellaAlberto de la Bella

Substitutes

25
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
13
ZubikaraiEñaut Zubikarai (GK)
5
SpahićEmir Spahić
9
AgirretxeImanol Agirretxe
Substitution68
9
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
14
PardoRubén Pardo
10
CanEmre Can
Substitution68
15
AnsotegiJon Ansotegi
13
HegelerJens Hegeler
Substitution85
Goal90+2
18
CastroChori Castro
Substitution84
23
Kruse                         Robbie Kruse
Substitution68
19
CadamuroLiassine Cadamuro
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
23
RosJavier Ros
Substitution90

Coach

Sami Hyypiä (FIN) Jagoba Arrasate (ESP)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Maksim Layushkin (RUS), Vitali Meshkov (RUS)

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