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.
We did some positive things. We also made mistakes at both ends of the pitch and tonight we conceded from a set piece.
Jagoba Arrasate, Real Sociedad coach
The 1-0 result certainly doesn't describe the run of play very well, we should have scored more goals today.
Sami Hyypiä, Leverkusen coach
|13||Zubikarai (GK)||1||Leno (GK)|
|26||Royo (GK)||36||Lomb (GK)|
|Jagoba Arrasate (ESP)||Sami Hyypiä (FIN)|
|Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)|
|A||Man. United||Shakhtar Donetsk|