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Toprak winner secures Leverkusen progress

Published: Tuesday 10 December 2013, 22.58CET
Real Sociedad de Fútbol 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Sami Hyypiä's side secured a place in the round of 16 as Ömer Toprak's winner ensured second spot in Group A.
by Graham Hunter
from Anoeta

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Match statistics

Real SociedadLeverkusen

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts17
 
22
on target10
 
10
off target7
 
12
blocked5
 
3
against woodwork0
2
Corners6
 
5
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
11
Passes548
 
589
completed386
 
440

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 10 December 2013, 22.58CET

Toprak winner secures Leverkusen progress

Real Sociedad de Fútbol 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Sami Hyypiä's side secured a place in the round of 16 as Ömer Toprak's winner ensured second spot in Group A.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen ensured progress to the UEFA Champions League knockout round courtesy of a well-earned win against Real Sociedad de Fútbol and FC Shakhtar Donetsk's defeat at Old Trafford.

Although the margin was narrow, with Ömer Toprak's second-half goal the difference, the German side dominated in terms of quality throughout and only rue the yellow card which means a suspension for Emre Can. Starting the day third in Group A, Sami Hyypiä's men leap ahead of the defeated Shakhtar and into the round of 16 with dreams of UEFA Champions League glory well and truly alive.

From the outset, although the home side fizzed and buzzed around the pitch, there was an ominous assurance and calm about the visitors. Leverkusen not only performed like a team which only had victory on their mind, they also showed the patience and the intelligence of a side which felt completely sure that they had the superior goal power.

From the roars of support which poured down from the Txuri-urdin fans in the Anoeta to the intense work rate of Jagoba Arrasate's players there was little to criticise throughout the first half, but there was an absence of know-how from the hosts. Eñaut Zubikarai, a UEFA Champions League debutant at 29, had to watch Gonzalo Castro's early free-kick rebound off the woodwork and would have been helpless had Simon Rolfes not wasted a free header ten minutes later.

The deputy goalkeeper had to keep his side on terms twice before the break, saving from Son Heung-Min and Lars Bender and there was so nearly a grand premium for his work when, just before the whistle, Carlos Vela stretched out his boot to an Antoine Griezmann cross which zipped along the Leverkusen goalmouth – missing by a fraction.

Typically, at this level, the miss was costly. Shortly after the restart substitute Robbie Kruse did well to sprint away from José Ángel down the right. Eschewing an inside pass to Can, Kruse's dipping cross let Stefan Kiessling power in a header which Zubikarai excelled himself in saving. From the corner Gorka Elustondo and Toprak got in a tangle, the defender falling to allow the 24-year-old Turkish international to simply stab home his second Group A goal.

Immediately, bursting with confidence, Leverkusen could have been three up. Ángel somehow deflected over a gaping chance from Castro, Kiessling headed off the bar and then Zubikarai again saved from the towering German striker at the closest of range. As the match, and their European season, fizzled out Griezmann earned, and scorned, a series of efforts on goal. Not La Real's night, not their season.

Last updated: 12/12/13 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000479/match=2011848/postmatch/report/index.html#leverkusen+seal+progress

Lineups

real sociedad

Real Sociedad

leverkusen

Leverkusen

13
ZubikaraiEñaut Zubikarai (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
2
Carlos MartínezCarlos Martínez
5
SpahićEmir Spahić
3
GonzálezMikel González
Substitution66
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
Yellow Card33
4
ElustondoGorka Elustondo
Substitution62
7
Son Heung-Min                     Son Heung-Min
Substitution90+1
5
Markel BergaraMarkel Bergara
Yellow Card45
8
BenderLars Bender
Yellow Card13
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
10
CanEmre Can
Yellow Card59
9
AgirretxeImanol Agirretxe
Substitution80
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution86
11
VelaCarlos Vela
13
HegelerJens Hegeler
Substitution46
14
PardoRubén Pardo
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
Goal49
15
AnsotegiJon Ansotegi (C)
Yellow Card77
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
20
José ÁngelJosé Ángel
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Yellow Card90+5

Substitutes

26
RoyoEnrique Royo (GK)
36
LombNiklas Lomb (GK)
8
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution80
2
StafylidisKostas Stafylidis
10
Xabi PrietoXabi Prieto
Substitution62
4
WollscheidPhilipp Wollscheid
23
RosJavier Ros
9
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution86
28
GaztañagaJon Gaztañaga
Substitution66
Yellow Card90+3
15
ÖztunaliLevin Öztunali
31
ZaldúaJoseba Zaldúa
23
Kruse                         Robbie Kruse
Substitution46
32
SangalliMarco Sangalli
31
KohrDominik Kohr
Substitution90+1

Coach

Jagoba Arrasate (ESP) Sami Hyypiä (FIN)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Jan Erik Engan (NOR)

Fourth official

Leif Erik Opland (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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