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Leverkusen leave it late in eight-goal thriller

Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.55CET
Leverkusen 4-4 Roma
Goals in the final seven minutes from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi gave the home side an unlikely point in a pulsating contest.
by Matthew Howarth
from BayArena
Leverkusen leave it late in eight-goal thriller
Admir Mehmedi is mobbed after scoring Leverkusen's late goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LeverkusenRoma

Goals scored4
 
4
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts16
 
14
on target9
 
9
off target4
 
4
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
1
Corners4
 
6
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
13
Fouls suffered10
 
17
Passes459
 
426
completed386
 
348

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 20 October 2015, 22.55CET

Leverkusen leave it late in eight-goal thriller

Leverkusen 4-4 Roma
Goals in the final seven minutes from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi gave the home side an unlikely point in a pulsating contest.

  • Bayer and Roma equal UEFA Champions League highest-scoring draw in remarkable contest
  • Javier Hernández gives Leverkusen early lead (4) and then doubles advantage (19)
  • Two Daniele De Rossi goals (29, 38) bring Roma level before half-time
  • Miralem Pjanić and Iago Falqué put Roma 4-2 up; Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi rescue point
  • The teams meet again at the Stadio Olimpico on 4 November

A late Admir Mehmedi goal earned Bayer Leverkusen a sensational draw with Roma, who had come from two goals down to lead 4-2 with six minutes remaining, equalling the highest scoring draw in UEFA Champions League history.

In a typically lively start to a match at the BayArena, Roma's Vasilis Torosidis handled the ball inside the penalty area after just three minutes. Javier Hernández needed no second invitation, making no mistake with the resulting spot kick.

The Mexican doubled his tally moments later after latching on to Hakan Çalhanoğlu's precise pass. Hernández was denied by Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny on his first attempt, but the 27-year-old collected the rebound and side-footed into an empty net.

Roma had barely threatened up to that point, but they were thrown an unlikely lifeline when skipper Daniele De Rossi prodded in after Leverkusen failed to clear a corner. Buoyed, the visitors went into the break on level terms after De Rossi forced in Miralem Pjanić's free-kick on 39 minutes.

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Wojciech Szczęsny and Javier Hernández

The start to the second half was not quite as frenetic as the first, although within nine minutes the visitors were in front. After Christoph Kramer had conceded a foul on Radja Nainggolan, Pjanić stepped up and curled an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner.

After dominating the opening stages, Leverkusen suddenly and inexplicably looked short of ideas. Julian Brandt did force Szczęsny into a smart save but instead the next goal went to visitors, a swift breakaway allowing Gervinho to set up Iago Falqué and seemingly settle matters.

That came with 17 minutes left; with six minutes to go, Leverkusen's hopes flickered when Kevin Kampl found the top corner from the edge of the box. Two minutes later, Mehmedi turned in Wendell's low cross to earn his side a share of the spoils from the most pulsating of matches, and marking the third 4-4 draw in UEFA Champions League history, after Hamburg-Juventus (2000) and Chelsea-Liverpool (2009).

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Miralem Pjanić

Key player: Miralem Pjanić
There were plenty of contenders, but had it not been for Pjanić the visitors may well have left the BayArena empty handed. The 25-year-old was involved in both De Rossi's goals and scored himself in a hugely influential display.

Pjanić wins set-piece duel
With two wonderfully talented dead-ball specialists in Çalhanoğlu and Pjanić, you would have got good money on one of them finding the back of the net from a free-kick in this game. The latter duly obliged, finding the top corner with a textbook effort to put Roma 3-2 up.

Leverkusen self destruct
Not for the first time this season, Roger Schmidt's team had difficulty with set-pieces. They failed to deal with a corner for De Rossi's first goal, before leaving the veteran midfielder unmarked to score his second. The Werkself will have to do better if they harbour serious ambitions of reaching the latter stages.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 14.39CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

roma

Roma

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
25
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
4
TahJonathan Tah
2
RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
5
PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
3
DigneLucas Digne
7
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal4
Goal19
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Yellow Card24
10
Hakan ÇalhanoğluHakan Çalhanoğlu
11
SalahMohamed Salah
Substitution62
18
WendellWendell
Yellow Card90
15
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Goal54
21
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak (C)
Substitution79
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi (C)
Goal29
Yellow Card35
Goal38
23
KramerChristoph Kramer
Yellow Card36
Substitution66
24
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
Substitution90
26
DonatiGiulio Donati
27
GervinhoGervinho
Substitution85
38
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution56
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
44
KamplKevin Kampl
Goal84
44
ManolasKostas Manolas

Substitutes

25
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
2
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
5
Leandro CastánLeandro Castán
14
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution56
Goal86
7
IturbeJuan Iturbe
Substitution90
16
JedvajTin Jedvaj
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution85
17
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
13
MaiconMaicon
19
BrandtJulian Brandt
Substitution66
14
FalquéIago Falqué
Substitution62
Goal73
35
YurchenkoVladlen Yurchenko
Substitution79
21
VainqueurWilliam Vainqueur

Coach

Roger Schmidt (GER) Rudi Garcia (FRA)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Peter Berettyán (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Sandor Szabo (HUN)

Legend:

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