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Kiessling goal lifts Leverkusen

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 21.45CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 Toulouse FC Stefan Kiessling's goal gave Leverkusen a winning start to Group E despite a Toulouse fightback.

Match statistics

LeverkusenToulouse

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners3
 
7
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed7
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 21.45CET

Kiessling goal lifts Leverkusen

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 Toulouse FC Stefan Kiessling's goal gave Leverkusen a winning start to Group E despite a Toulouse fightback.

Stefan Kiessling's 35th-minute goal gave Bayer 04 Leverkusen a winning start to UEFA Cup Group E despite a second-half fightback from Toulouse FC.

Toulouse denied
Kiessling put the 1987/88 trophy winners ahead in a game they had dominated up to that point, but the French visitors were transformed after the break and nearly denied Leverkusen victory. Instead, Toulouse will hope for better luck at home to AC Sparta Praha on 8 November, when Leverkusen are at FC Spartak Moskva.

Leverkusen efforts
Leverkusen were quickly into their stride and a free-kick from Tranquillo Barnetta was not far off target. Arturo Vidal drilled a set-piece of his own against the wall as the German side continued to dominate, though Toulouse's Achille Emana and Paulo César shot over as the French outfit stirred. But Leverkusen were still having the best chances and Barnetta's corner found Theofanis Gekas who volleyed over from close range.

Kiessling goal
Sergej Barbarez headed over the bar and Gekas fired wide but, just as the Toulouse goal seemed to be leading a charmed life, the French side finally conceded. Barbarez provided the pass for Kiessling, whose sublime lob looped over goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez. The goalscorer nearly doubled the lead just before the break but headed a Barnetta corner against the crossbar.

Visitors rally
The early stages of the second half were cagey but Toulouse almost got back on terms when Albin Ebondo got in a shot, only for René Adler to save. Emana's effort was blocked by Manuel Friedrich as Toulouse tried to force the equaliser while Fodé Mansare fired over. Kiessling also missed two good chances for Leverkusen but as time ran out it was all Toulouse. Karim Haggui blocked a shot from substitute Bryan Bergougnoux and André-Pierre Gignac drilled a free-kick against the wall as the home side held on.

Last updated: 25/10/07 23.27CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

toulouse

Toulouse

1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
16
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
2
HagguiKarim Haggui
24
IlungaHérita Ilunga
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
3
CongréDaniel Congré
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
28
CettoMauro Cetto
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
13
EbondoAlbin Ebondo
Yellow Card19
15
SarpeiHans Sarpei
14
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
Substitution87
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
15
Paulo CésarPaulo César
36
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
Substitution78
17
FabinhoFabinho
Substitution74
10
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution59
20
EmanaAchille Emana (C)
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Goal35
21
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution90+2
23
VidalArturo Vidal
7
MansaréFodé Mansaré

Substitutes

22
FernandezBenedikt Fernandez (GK)
1
RiouRudy Riou (GK)
4
FatyRicardo Faty
2
FofanaMohamed Fofana
8
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution59
Substitution90+2
4
ArribageDominique Arribage
13
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
8
BatllesLaurent Batlles
14
DumSascha Dum
25
DieuzeNicolas Dieuze
Substitution87
20
SinkiewiczLukas Sinkiewicz
Substitution78
10
BergougnouxBryan Bergougnoux
Substitution74
26
PapadopulosMichal Papadopulos
Substitution90+2
18
DupuisKevin Dupuis
Substitution90+2

Coach

Michael Skibbe (GER) Élie Baup (FRA)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Erik Bergsten (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Ake Andreasson (SWE)

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