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Leverkusen show strength against Benfica

Published: Wednesday 1 October 2014, 22.34CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 SL Benfica
Dominant Leverkusen got off the mark in Group C thanks to Stefan Kiessling, Son Heung-Min and Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
by Andy James
from BayArena

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Match statistics

LeverkusenBenfica

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts23
 
5
on target10
 
1
off target10
 
1
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork2
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides8
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
16
Passes287
 
417
completed227
 
337

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 25/06/2015 17:49 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 1 October 2014, 22.34CET

Leverkusen show strength against Benfica

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 SL Benfica
Dominant Leverkusen got off the mark in Group C thanks to Stefan Kiessling, Son Heung-Min and Hakan Çalhanoğlu.

Leverkusen off the mark in Group C with comfortable defeat of still point-less Benfica
Son Heung-Min helps make first for Stefan Kiessling then scores second himself
Eduardo Salvio pulls one back but straight away Leverkusen win a penalty
Hakan Çalhanoğlu converts to make certain of deserved victory
Next games: Leverkusen v Zenit, Monaco v Benfica (22 October)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen kick-started their UEFA Champions League Group C campaign with an impressive 3-1 victory at home to SL Benfica.

If Leverkusen had gone off the boil in recent weeks, they certainly seemed determined to rediscover their early-season form, forcing Benfica into a number of errors with their intense pressing. Inevitably chances materialised, with Son Heung-Min twice eliciting saves from Júlio César and Lars Bender seeing his effort deflected onto the post.

Júlio César, in goal for the suspended Artur, had spilled strikes from both Karim Bellarabi and Son, and again fumbled again on 25 minutes when the South Korean fizzed goalwards. This time it proved fatal as Stefan Kiessling sprinted in to tuck in the rebound.

Far from satisfied with their opener, Leverkusen continued to charge down their visitors and, not long after Bellarabi had again tested Júlio César from range, Roger Schmidt's men made it two. Son provided the end product on this occasion, sweeping into the top corner from Bellarabi's low centre.

It was hugely promising stuff from Leverkusen, with Benfica barely venturing out of their own half, let alone making Bayer No1 Bernd Leno work. Indeed it was Leverkusen who appeared more likely to get the game's third goal. Hakan Çalhanoğlu perhaps should have done when presented with an open goal from Roberto Hilbert's cross, yet the ball bobbled just in front of the young Turkish international, causing him to skew wide.

That miss looked as though it might prove costly when Eduardo Salvio cut in and finished neatly inside the near post to reduce the arrears for Benfica, but Leverkusen quickly restored their two-goal advantage as Kiessling went down in the box under the challenge of Jardel. Çalhanoğlu redeemed himself for his earlier wastefulness with a cool penalty into the corner.

Çalhanoğlu brought another stop from Júlio César as Leverkusen continued to attack into the latter stages. A fourth goal was not forthcoming, but Schmidt and his side will go into their double-header against FC Zenit on 22 October and 4 November with plenty of reason to be confident.

Last updated: 29/05/15 6.18CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

benfica

Benfica

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
20
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Yellow Card58
5
SpahićEmir Spahić
9
DerleyDerley
7
Son                  Son Heung-Min
Goal34
10
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Yellow Card22
8
L. BenderLars Bender (C)
Substitution82
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Goal62
Yellow Card70
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Goal64
19
EliseuEliseu
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Goal25
Substitution76
24
CristanteBryan Cristante
Substitution46
13
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card60
30
TaliscaTalisca
Substitution46
18
WendellWendell
33
JardelJardel
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution70
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Yellow Card54
Substitution77

Substitutes

25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
12
Bruno VarelaBruno Varela (GK)
9
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution76
2
Lisandro LópezLisandro López
15
ÖztunaliLevin Öztunali
Substitution70
Yellow Card90+2
7
SamarisAndreas Samaris
Substitution77
Yellow Card88
23
Kruse                         Robbie Kruse
11
LimaLima
Substitution46
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
Substitution82
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Substitution46
33
BoederLukas Boeder
15
JohnOla John
35
YurchenkoVladlen Yurchenko
21
PizziPizzi

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Child (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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