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Aris and Leverkusen cancel each other out

Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET
Aris Thessaloniki FC 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Leverkusen remain top of Group B after they kept ther unbeaten away run this season going against a team yet to lose at home in Europe.
Aris and Leverkusen cancel each other out
Patrick Helmes (left) challenges Kristi Vangeli of Aris ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArisLeverkusen

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners3
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2010, 22.50CET

Aris and Leverkusen cancel each other out

Aris Thessaloniki FC 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Leverkusen remain top of Group B after they kept ther unbeaten away run this season going against a team yet to lose at home in Europe.

A meeting of a side unbeaten at home in Europe and a team yet to lose on their competitive travels this season ended, perhaps predictably, in stalemate.

Neither Aris Thessaloniki FC, now without a home defeat in UEFA competition after 23 games stretching back to 1970, nor in-form Bayer 04 Leverkusen could find a way to goal. The tight nature of the game is reflected by the new UEFA Europa League Group B table, where Leverkusen are a point ahead of Aris and holders Club Atlético de Madrid, with Rosenborg BK only one back.

These sides could not have more contrasting weekend form, Leverkusen coming from two down to win 3-2 at VfL Wolfsburg while Aris were beaten 4-0 by visitors AEK Athens FC. However, Aris kept a clearly confident Leverkusen at bay in the first half despite the boost to the visitors of captain Simon Rolfes's first start since a January knee injury, having scored twice at Wolfsburg when brought on with 20 minutes left.

Michal Kadlec did force Aris goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis to dive low to block a free-kick in the closest effort of the first half. The cautious pattern of the game did not change after the break, though on 57 minutes Sergio Koke shot just past the post after Carlos Ruiz's clever pass had left him on his own in the box. Juan Carlos Toja, from distance, came close for Aris with 12 minutes left but a draw was the right result between two teams who meet again in Germany on 4 November.

Last updated: 17/11/10 14.03CET

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Lineups

aris

Aris

leverkusen

Leverkusen

13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
7
Toni CalvoToni Calvo
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
8
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
Substitution76
10
KokeSergio Koke (C)
Substitution70
8
BenderLars Bender
11
RuizCarlos Ruiz
9
HelmesPatrick Helmes
14
FatyRicardo Faty
Yellow Card60
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Substitution61
16
MichelMichel
17
VidaDomagoj Vida
20
JavitoJavito
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
Yellow Card75
24
LazaridisNikos Lazaridis
28
Burak KaplanBurak Kaplan
32
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution60

Substitutes

1
VellidisMarkos Vellidis (GK)
22
FernandezBenedikt Fernandez (GK)
2
NetoNeto
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
3
OriolOriol
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
4
KouloucherisThymios Kouloucheris
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution60
17
KaznaferisKostas Kaznaferis
18
SamSidney Sam
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
Substitution70
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution76
33
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution61

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

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