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Victory for Leverkusen but Monaco win Group E

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 22.52CET
Goals from first-time UEFA Champions League scorers Vladen Yurchenko and Julian Brandt helped Leverkusen beat Monaco 3-0, though the French side still won Group E ahead of their hosts.
by Matthew Howarth
Victory for Leverkusen but Monaco win Group E
Vladlen Yurchenko is mobbed by the Bayer players after his opening goal ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

LeverkusenMonaco

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts12
 
12
on target6
 
0
off target5
 
9
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners7
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
18
Passes443
 
472
completed341
 
376

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 19/06/2017 18:52 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 22.52CET

Victory for Leverkusen but Monaco win Group E

Goals from first-time UEFA Champions League scorers Vladen Yurchenko and Julian Brandt helped Leverkusen beat Monaco 3-0, though the French side still won Group E ahead of their hosts.

Still-unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen won the Group E summit meeting in Germany though Monaco nonetheless finished a point above their hosts. 

With both sides already through to the last 16, the night belonged to Leverkusen attacking midfielders Vladen Yurchenko and Julian Brandt, both of whom claimed their first goals in the competition.

After Morgan De Sanctis had saved from Javier Hernández, Yurchenko showed everyone how to finish by cutting infield and unleashing an exocet high beyond the keeper. It was the 22-year-old Ukrainian's maiden UEFA Champions League strike on his first appearance of 2016/17. De Sanctis's save from Aleksandar Dragović prevented an immediate second.

As it was, Brandt scored soon after half-time. When Hakan Çalhanoğlu slipped a pass in behind the centre-backs, the German international netted via a deflection over De Sanctis. And after the upright had denied Monaco's Corentin Jean, Leverkusen completed the victory as Wendell's penalty smashed the crossbar, hit De Sanctis and rolled back in.

Key player: Julian Brandt (Leverkusen)
If Yurchenko's first-half effort was brilliant, Brandt's goal was no less easy on the eye. It is hard to believe this is the 20-year-old's fourth UEFA Champions League campaign, but when you watch the midfielder in the flesh you would think he has been playing at this level for a decade. What a prospect.

Werkself make history
Not only was this Leverkusen's first home victory in the competition since September 2015, the win also ensured Die Werkself ended a UEFA Champions League group stage unbeaten for the first time. Given the quality in Group E, that achievement should not be underestimated. Most importantly, Roger Schmidt's men can now look forward to their first last-16 tie since 2014/15.

Reporter's view

Matthew Howarth (@UEFAcomMattH)
Leverkusen's starting XI will almost certainly look different come the round of 16, but I was impressed by some of the players Schmidt brought into his line-up. Ramazan Özcan was solid and assured in goal, while Danny Da Costa and Aleksandar Dragović shone with displays that belied their relative inexperience at this level. But Yurchenko, of course, stole the show with a strike of the very highest order.

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

monaco

Monaco

28
ÖzcanRamazan Özcan (GK)
16
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Goal82
6
DragovićAleksandar Dragović
Yellow Card88
5
JemersonJemerson
Yellow Card24
7
HernándezJavier Hernández
7
DirarNabil Dirar (C)
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
Substitution67
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling (C)
11
CarrilloGuido Carrillo
Substitution79
15
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
24
RaggiAndrea Raggi
16
JedvajTin Jedvaj
26
BoschiliaGabriel Boschilia
Yellow Card41
Substitution67
18
WendellWendell
Penalty82
28
JeanCorentin Jean
Substitution76
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Goal48
Substitution71
34
DialloAbdou Diallo
23
Da CostaDanny da Costa
35
N'DoramKévin N'Doram
35
YurchenkoVladlen Yurchenko
Goal30
Substitution76
38
TouréAlmamy Touré

Substitutes

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
40
BadiashileLoïc Badiashile (GK)
4
TahJonathan Tah
14
BakayokoTiemoué Bakayoko
17
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
18
GermainValère Germain
Substitution76
Yellow Card88
20
AránguizCharles Aránguiz
Substitution67
20
TraoréAdama Traoré
Substitution67
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
23
B. MendyBenjamin Mendy
27
Kruse                         Robbie Kruse
Substitution71
27
LemarThomas Lemar
Substitution79
39
HenrichsBenjamin Henrichs
Substitution76
45
NguindaPierre-Daniel Nguinda

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Leonardo Jardim (POR)

Referee

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)

Fourth official

Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)

Additional assistant referees

Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Donatas Rumšas (LTU)

Legend:

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