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Leverkusen overcome early scare to beat BATE

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.55CET
Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 BATE Borisov
Javier Hernández marked his first start for the German side with a goal while Hakan Çalhanoğlu hit two in a comfortable win.
by Matthew Howarth
from BayArena
Leverkusen overcome early scare to beat BATE
Admir Mehmedi after scoring Leverkusen's opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LeverkusenBATE

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts21
 
2
on target9
 
2
off target4
 
0
blocked8
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
9
Passes660
 
308
completed555
 
211

Standings

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Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:08 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 22.55CET

Leverkusen overcome early scare to beat BATE

Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 BATE Borisov
Javier Hernández marked his first start for the German side with a goal while Hakan Çalhanoğlu hit two in a comfortable win.

  • Javier Hernández marks his first start for Leverkusen with the side's crucial third
  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu scores two and claims one assist
  • Aleksandr Hleb goes off with 'serious' muscular injury in first half
  • Bayer concede only their third goal in their last 13 home matches
  • Next games: BATE v Roma, Barcelona v Leverkusen (29 September)

Javier Hernández marked his full Bayer Leverkusen debut with a goal as the Werkself eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov.

The hosts flew out of the traps and opened the scoring after just four minutes. Summer signings Hernández and Kevin Kampl combined well before Hakan Çalhanoğlu laid the ball off to Admir Mehmedi, who finished superbly with the outside of his right foot.

The hosts' lead lasted just nine minutes before Nemanja Milunović, given a free header, diverted Ilhar Stasevich's corner past Bernd Leno via a Roberto Hilbert deflection.

BATE suddenly had a foothold and they looked to secure an even tighter rein, attacking in numbers and forcing several corners in succession. They had a let-off on 26 minutes, however, when Mehmedi fired narrowly wide after latching on to Bellarabi's through ball.

It did not take the hosts long to restore their advantage after the interval, though. Bellarabi won possession in midfield and played an eye-of-the-needle ball through to Çalhanoğlu, whose shot took a wicked deflection off Milunović, bouncing over Sergei Chernik and into the net.

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Javier Hernández celebrates

Hernández went close to making it 3-1 moments later, but the disappointment was fleeting for the Mexican international as he latched on to Kampl's through ball before firing past Chernik just before the hour mark.

Çalhanoğlu's penalty 14 minutes from time sealed what was ultimately an easy win for the German side.

Man of the match: Hakan Çalhanoğlu
The Turkish international was at the heart of the home side's best play. The 21-year-old set up Mehmedi for the opener, before netting two second-half goals as Leverkusen made a strong start to their tenth UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Hakan Çalhanoğlu hits the spot

Chicharito lively on full debut
Hernández was heavily involved in the opening exchanges at the BayArena and went close to finding the net himself twice in the first half. He finally got the goal his performance deserved just before making way for Stefan Kiessling. Roger Schmidt has attacking options.

Bayer quick out of the blocks
Schmidt's side are making a happy habit of finding the net early in each half. Mehmedi's opener took four minutes, and though BATE levelled, the Bundesliga outfit were back in front two minutes into the second period – just as they were against Lazio in their play-off second leg.

Hernández on his full debut delight

Reaction
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach
We knew we were the favourites, but such games are not easy. We started brightly in the first 15 minutes and deservedly opened the scoring. Out of the blue, we conceded from a set-piece. Even before the break we created chances, but after the interval our counter-pressing got even better. This is a really good start to the Champions League.

Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach
Aleksandr Hleb has suffered a muscular injury. It is looking very serious. We will learn more later. Overall, we made way too many mistakes. Our opponents pressed us relentlessly, especially our defence. In the end, our transitions did not work out, so we weren't able to launch counterattacks. We have to work on it.

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Last updated: 14/09/16 17.51CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

bate

BATE

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
16
ChernikSergei Chernik (GK)
4
TahJonathan Tah
4
DubraKaspars Dubra
5
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card41
9
AleksievichIlya Aleksievich
7
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal59
Substitution72
13
SignevichNikolai Signevich
Yellow Card87
8
L. BenderLars Bender (C)
Substitution44
19
MilunovićNemanja Milunović
Goal13
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Goal47
Goal76
Substitution77
22
StasevichIgor Stasevich (C)
13
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
25
MladenovićFilip Mladenović
Yellow Card75
14
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Goal4
33
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
18
WendellWendell
55
BagaDmitri Baga
Yellow Card45
Substitution60
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
62
GordeichukMikhail Gordeichuk
Substitution78
44
KamplKevin Kampl
81
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution30

Substitutes

25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
34
SorokoArtem Soroko (GK)
2
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
7
KarnitskiAleksandr Karnitski
Substitution60
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution72
8
A. VolodkoAleksandr Volodko
Substitution30
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
10
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution77
11
A. JevtićAleksandar Jevtić
23
KramerChristoph Kramer
Substitution44
17
RiosAleksei Rios
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
42
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
Substitution78

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Aleksandr Yermakovich (BLR)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Mario Diks (NED), Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Fourth official

Bas van Dongen (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Kevin Blom (NED), Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

Legend:

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