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Vidal strikes late for Leverkusen against Aris

Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 20.49CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 Aris Thessaloniki FC
Arturo Vidal's last-minute strike kept Leverkusen top of Group B as Aris fell three points adrift of second place.
by Andy James
from BayArena

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Match statistics

LeverkusenAris

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners6
 
12
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed12
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2010, 20.49CET

Vidal strikes late for Leverkusen against Aris

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 Aris Thessaloniki FC
Arturo Vidal's last-minute strike kept Leverkusen top of Group B as Aris fell three points adrift of second place.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen had Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal to thank for a last-minute goal that secured victory against Aris Thessaloniki FC and kept the German side top of UEFA Europa League Group B.

Leverkusen found it tough against an Aris side who maintained their shape throughout and created the better of the chances. However, Vidal's late winner ensured Leverkusen remain a point clear of Club Atlético de Madrid and victory at Rosenborg BK on 1 December would take Jupp Heynckes's side through.

Aris coach Héctor Cúper saw no reason to make changes to the side that held Leverkusen 0-0 a fortnight ago, and true to form the hosts were at a loss in breaking down their opponents in the first half. Indeed it was the Greek visitors who looked the more incisive early on, Leverkusen keeper René Adler having to be alert first to claim a low Michel cross and then to tip over Toni Calvo's audacious chip.

Though Leverkusen came closest to opening the scoring when Vidal rattled the bar with a whizzing left-foot strike, Aris remained untroubled at the back and would have led at the break but for Adler's superb save to deny Juan Carlos Toja's excellent half-volley. The visitors threatened twice again after the restart, but both Javito and substitute Deividas Česnauskis were foiled by Adler when clean through.

Leverkusen brought on Eren Derdiyok, Simon Rolfes and Tranquillo Barnetta in the hope of upping the tempo, the latter forcing a save from Aris custodian Michalis Sifakis. Javito blazed over for the visitors with a quarter of an hour remaining, and was left to rue that miss as Vidal bundled in from Sidney Sam's centre at the death. Aris are three points behind second-placed Atlético and cannot afford to lose to the holders on Matchday 5.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.03CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

aris

Aris

1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich (C)
7
Toni CalvoToni Calvo
Substitution79
8
BenderLars Bender
Substitution46
8
TojaJuan Carlos Toja
9
HelmesPatrick Helmes
10
KokeSergio Koke (C)
Substitution90+1
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
11
RuizCarlos Ruiz
Substitution56
18
SamSidney Sam
14
FatyRicardo Faty
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Goal90
Yellow Card90+1
16
MichelMichel
24
KadlecMichal Kadlec
20
JavitoJavito
28
Burak KaplanBurak Kaplan
Substitution62
24
LazaridisNikos Lazaridis
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution46
32
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli

Substitutes

22
FernandezBenedikt Fernandez (GK)
1
VellidisMarkos Vellidis (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
2
NetoNeto
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
Substitution46
3
OriolOriol
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution62
17
KaznaferisKostas Kaznaferis
Substitution79
10
Renato AugustoRenato Augusto
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
17
VidaDomagoj Vida
33
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution56
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution46
55
PrittasSakis Prittas
Substitution90+1

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Héctor Cúper (ARG)

Referee

Bruno Paixão (POR)

Assistant referees

Venâncio Tomé (POR), Alfredo Braga (POR)

Fourth official

Luis Catita (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), Bruno Esteves (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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