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Leverkusen too much for ten-man Lazio

Published: Wednesday 26 August 2015, 22.39CET
Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio (agg: 3-1)
The German hosts made light work of the first-leg deficit as goals from Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi saw the Werkself progress.
by Matthew Howarth
from BayArena
Leverkusen too much for ten-man Lazio
Leverkusen players celebrate qualification ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

LeverkusenLazio

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts23
 
4
on target10
 
3
off target8
 
1
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed15
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
15
Passes299
 
308
completed209
 
213

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 26 August 2015, 22.39CET

Leverkusen too much for ten-man Lazio

Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio (agg: 3-1)
The German hosts made light work of the first-leg deficit as goals from Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi saw the Werkself progress.

  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu gives Leverkusen the lead five minutes before the interval
  • Admir Mehmedi doubles the advantage three minutes into the second half
  • Lazio's Mauricio is dismissed for second yellow card after 68 minutes
  • Karim Bellarabi wraps things up for the Werkself with three minutes remaining
  • Group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday at 17.45CET

Goals from Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi sealed Bayer Leverkusen's place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League at the expense of ten-man Lazio.

In an open start to this play-off second leg, home keeper Bernd Leno did well to smother the ball at the feet of Keita before Bellarabi flashed a low effort wide of the mark at the other end. The frenetic nature of the contest showed no sign of abating as the first half wore on, with Hakan twice going close from distance. The first whistled a metre wide of the target while Lazio custodian Etrit Berisha just managed to palm the second away from the onrushing Wendell, who would surely have tapped home the rebound.

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Hakan Çalhanoğlu after opening the scoring

Lazio's Dušan Basta had Leno scrambling with a looping strike from the edge of the box but Stefan Kiessling almost lifted the roof off the BayArena midway through the first half when his header from Hakan's cross cannoned off the woodwork. The deadlock was finally broken five minutes before the interval. After the ball ricocheted around the area it eventually fell to Hakan, who rifled past Berisha to level the aggregate score at 1-1.

Buoyed by their lead, Leverkusen flew out of the traps at the beginning of the second half and doubled their advantage on the night through Mehmedi, who showed great strength to shrug off his marker before thumping the ball into the roof of the Lazio net. The introduction of Ricardo Kishna appeared to inject some zest into Lazio's play but the Rome outfit suffered a major blow to their hopes when Maurício was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Bellarabi's late third, which was expertly set up by substitute Julian Brandt, added gloss to the scoreline for Leverkusen, who advance to the group phase of Europe's premier club competition for the tenth time.

Reaction
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach
We are delighted to have made the group stage. This means a lot to the whole team and I think everybody could see how focused we were. We played very well and we always believed in our style. From my point of view we deserved this win, there is no doubt about it. We were dominant throughout and kept everything under control. We play with a high intensity at home and can create a lot of problems for any team in Europe. We are used to this intensity, our opponent often aren't.

Stefano Pioli, Lazio coach
Leverkusen deserved to win. We had a lot of problems with their creative style of play. The first half was OK but in the second Leverkusen were totally dominant. Their level was too high for my team. It has been a tough task for us. Leverkusen punished every little mistake and the sending-off of Maurício was too much. We are very disappointed. We wanted to step through the door into the Champions League but now we have to create new goals for our young team.

Last updated: 28/08/15

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

lazio

Lazio

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
99
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
4
TahJonathan Tah
3
De VrijStefan de Vrij
5
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
8
BastaDušan Basta
8
L. BenderLars Bender (C)
10
Felipe AndersonFelipe Anderson
Substitution70
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Goal40
Substitution80
14
KeitaKeita
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
16
ParoloMarco Parolo
Yellow Card71
13
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Yellow Card86
19
LulićSenad Lulić
Yellow Card74
14
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Goal48
Substitution76
23
OnaziOgenyi Onazi
Substitution82
18
WendellWendell
Yellow Card67
26
RaduŞtefan Radu
Substitution56
23
KramerChristoph Kramer
33
MaurícioMaurício
Yellow Card60
Red Card68
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Yellow Card37
Goal88
Substitution89
87
CandrevaAntonio Candreva (C)

Substitutes

25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
55
GuerrieriGuido Guerrieri (GK)
2
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
Substitution89
6
GentilettiSantiago Gentiletti
Substitution70
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
7
MorrisonRavel Morrison
Substitution82
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution76
21
S. Milinković-SavićSergej Milinković-Savić
24
RyuSeung-Woo Ryu
29
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
32
CataldiDanilo Cataldi
27
Kruse                         Robbie Kruse
Substitution80
88
KishnaRicardo Kishna
Substitution56

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Stefano Pioli (ITA)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

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

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution