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Holders Atlético reach the end of the road

Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 21.44CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
The UEFA Europa League holders bowed out with a whimper as victory elsewhere for Aris Thessaloniki FC condemned them to third in Group B.

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Match statistics

LeverkusenAtlético

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners6
 
5
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 21.44CET

Holders Atlético reach the end of the road

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 Club Atlético de Madrid
The UEFA Europa League holders bowed out with a whimper as victory elsewhere for Aris Thessaloniki FC condemned them to third in Group B.

Club Atlético de Madrid's UEFA Europa League defence ended with a whimper in Germany as they were held 1-1 by Group B winners Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Atlético's grip on the trophy was loose even before kick-off, knowing they had to better second-placed Aris Thessaloniki FC's result against Rosenborg BK to progress. Aris won 2-0, rendering the outcome meaningless, though the Liga side could muster only a point anyway, Fran Mérida coming off the bench to cancel out Patrick Helmes's opener.

Leverkusen had prodded – through Nicolai Jørgensen's surging run and shot over – and Atlético probed – via Sergio Agüero's ball across the face of goal – but neither keeper had any early reason to warm their palms amid torrential snowfall. Indeed, when the visitors did finally kick into gear just after the half-hour it was Fabian Giefer's legs that prevented Diego Forlán from converting Simão's cute cutback.

Forlán connected sufficiently enough on that occasion but, eight minutes before half-time, outdid himself with the sweetest of half-volleys which flashed only narrowly wide. Aris registered prior to the interval in Salonika but Quique Sánchez Flores's team still lacked urgency. Leverkusen emerged the more sprightly, Helmes spurning two bites at the cherry before making it third time lucky.

Stefan Kiessling assisted, flicking on Giefer's hopeful punt forward, and the Leverkusen No9 stroked calmly under David de Gea. Anything but forlorn, Atlético finally responded and were level within three minutes, Mérida – with his first touch – finishing calmly after valiant hold-up play from Agüero; game on.

Helmes should have seen to that but struck wide, and was later denied by De Gea. Mario Suárez fired recklessly over and Agüero did likewise, ensuring the visitors limp out thinking what might have been and the hosts march on with a spring in their step.

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

atlético

Atlético

36
GieferFabian Giefer (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
2
ValeraJuan Valera
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Yellow Card50
Substitution84
8
BenderLars Bender
Substitution88
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution67
9
HelmesPatrick Helmes
Goal69
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
10
Renato AugustoRenato Augusto
Substitution46
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
17
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card80
14
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution46
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
28
Burak KaplanBurak Kaplan
20
SimãoSimão (C)
Substitution71
31
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
21
PereaLuis Perea

Substitutes

33
BobelTomasz Bobel (GK)
27
JoelJoel (GK)
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
5
TiagoTiago
Substitution84
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution46
11
MéridaFran Mérida
Substitution71
Goal72
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
15
GodínDiego Godín
20
Da CostaDanny da Costa
Substitution46
19
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution88
22
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Substitution67

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Petrescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Marius Avram (ROU), Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

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