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Leverkusen edge København in first-leg thriller

Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 22.45CET
FC København 2-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Roger Schmidt's men came from 2-1 down inside 13 minutes, Son Heung-Min scoring the winning goal at the end of a frantic first half.
Leverkusen edge København in first-leg thriller
Son Heung-Min (second right) is congratulated after his winner for Leverkusen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KøbenhavnLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
3
Total attempts9
 
20
on target3
 
9
off target5
 
6
blocked1
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides1
 
7
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
11

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 19 August 2014, 22.45CET

Leverkusen edge København in first-leg thriller

FC København 2-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Roger Schmidt's men came from 2-1 down inside 13 minutes, Son Heung-Min scoring the winning goal at the end of a frantic first half.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen are in the box seat to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage after a topsy-turvy 3-2 play-off first-leg victory away to FC København.

• Kiessling fires sixth goal in two games for Leverkusen
• Jørgensen puts FCK level four minutes later
• Amartey then puts hosts ahead inside 13 minutes
• Bellarabi rifles in to make it 2-2 after 31 minutes
• Son wins it for Leverkusen before half-time

Stefan Kiessling struck five times inside an hour as Leverkusen started their season with a 6-0 German cup victory at SV Alemannia Waldalgesheim on Friday, and he continued his rich vein of form with the opener after five minutes. Giulio Donati slipped in Hakan Çalhanoğlu down the right flank and his low cross was expertly diverted inside the far post by Kiessling.

The goal was in keeping with FCK's form at the Parken Stadium – they came into the game with back-to-back league reverses at home – but their response was a stark contrast to their recent disappointments. Remarkably, Ståle Solbakken's men were in front within eight minutes with Mathias Jørgensen central to the turnaround.

Thomas Delaney set a captain's example with a deflected drive that Bernd Leno tipped wide but from Pierre Bengtsson's resulting corner, Jørgensen towered above the visiting defence to plant a header in the far corner. Then a free-kick into the area was helped back across goal by Jørgensen and Daniel Amartey nodded in.

Sebastian Boenisch curled wide before Karim Bellarabi swept in the equaliser from their next opening after a speculative long ball had bounced into his path off the back of Per Nilsson. Roger Schmidt's charges completed a transformation of their own before the break as Çalhanoğlu's through ball found Son Heung-Min and he converted via the far post.

The contest remained wide open after the interval with Stephan Andersen making outstanding saves to deny Çalhanoğlu and Son. The hosts were barely keeping their heads above water from a string of Leverkusen counterattacks with the FCK No1 rushing from his goal to block from Bellarabi as he raced through. Surprisingly no more goals materialised, leaving the Danish team still with a chance of progress.

Last updated: 31/05/15 1.30CET

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Quotes

  • Roger Schmidt

    Read more"Winning away is a good starting point, but it could have been even better if we had won by a larger margin. There is no time to relax"

Lineups

københavn

København

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
2
HøgliTom Høgli
5
SpahićEmir Spahić
3
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
4
NilssonPer Nilsson
7
Son                  Son Heung-Min
Goal42
6
ClaudemirClaudemir
Substitution53
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Substitution88
8
DelaneyThomas Delaney (C)
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Goal5
9
KadriiBashkim Kadrii
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
11
CorneliusAndreas Cornelius
Yellow Card51
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
Yellow Card63
18
AmarteyDaniel Amartey
Goal13
Yellow Card90+1
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
Yellow Card29
Substitution46
25
M. JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
Goal9
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
32
AmankwaaDanny Amankwaa
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Yellow Card25
Goal31
Substitution83

Substitutes

21
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
7
MussisFranco Mussis
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
9
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution88
22
De RidderSteve De Ridder
Substitution53
15
ÖztunaliLevin Öztunali
23
PourieMarvin Pourie
16
JedvajTin Jedvaj
Substitution46
Yellow Card51
33
FelfelYones Felfel
18
WendellWendell
36
HenriksenBrandur Henriksen
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution83

Coach

Ståle Solbakken (NOR) Roger Schmidt (GER)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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