Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs Manchester United

Current Score

  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0
  • Manchester United 5

Match Profile

Goal Scorers
Goal Scorers
  • A. Valencia
    • 22minutes
  • E. Spahić (OG)
    • 30minutes
  • J. Evans
    • 65minutes
  • C. Smalling
    • 77minutes
  • Nani
    • 88minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 2

Match Commentary

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90 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Kohr of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
90 COMMENT Giggs swings the set piece goalwards but it cannons off the wall and away to safety.
90 COMMENT The fourth official signals for three minutes of added time at the BayArena...
90 COMMENT Toprak pulls Nani back with a cynical tug and United have a free kick in a delicious position 25 yards from goal, just right of centre.
90 COMMENT D. Kohr receives a yellow card.
88 AS Assist by R. Giggs (Manchester United)
88 G GOAL (Manchester United): Scored by Nani
88 COMMENT R. Giggs provided the assist.
88 COMMENT AND NOW IT'S FIVE!! Giggs hangs a fine pass over the Leverkusen defence for Nani to chase on to, but the Portugal international still has a lot to do – and doesn't he do it well. Controlling the ball with his chest he glides past the onrushing Leno and flicks the ball into an unguarded net with the
88 COMMENT R. Giggs provided the assist.
86 COMMENT Derdiyok bustles into the United box on the left-hand side but there are no Leverkusen players making any kind of effort to support the striker – and his deflected cross is brought out of defence calmly by Ferdinand.
83 COMMENT GOOD CLEARANCE FROM FERDINAND! The former England international karate-kicks the ball away under pressure from Castro after Kiessling had headed the ball back into a dangerous area.
82 COMMENT Hyypia also elects to make a change – Dominik Kohr is introduced at the expense of Bender.
81 SI Substitute in D. Kohr of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
81 SO Substitute out L. Bender of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
81 COMMENT L. Bender is done for the day. D. Kohr is his replacement.
81 COMMENT Moyes uses his final two substitutions of the evening as Rooney, who provided three assists this evening, makes way for Anderson and Ashley Young replaces Valencia.
80 SI Substitute in Anderson of Manchester United
80 SO Substitute out W. Rooney of Manchester United
80 COMMENT Anderson comes on for W. Rooney.
79 SI Substitute in A. Young of Manchester United
79 SO Substitute out A. Valencia of Manchester United
79 COMMENT United look rampant here! Leno has just sprung to his left to acrobatically tip Jones' bouncing effort wide as Moyes' men push on in search of a fifth goal.
79 COMMENT A. Young comes on for A. Valencia.
77 AS Assist by W. Rooney (Manchester United)
77 G GOAL (Manchester United): Scored by C. Smalling
77 COMMENT SMALLING MAKES IT 4-0! The right-back tried to claim Spahic's own goal as his own but this one is definitely his! He adds the final touch on a well-worked team move that was instigated superbly by Kagawa. The midfielder chipped a pass through to Rooney inside the box, he tried to lift a shot over Le
77 COMMENT W. Rooney provided the assist.
75 COMMENT A mistake from Spahic allows Rooney to race down the right and United threaten once more. The defender just about recovers to deflect a cross out for a throw but that was just the latest in a long series of errors from him.
73 COMMENT CHANCE FOR KIESSLING! The German striker should get a shot away from 12 yards after linking with the other Leverkusen substitute Derdiyok, but the ball does not bounce kindly for him and Evans is able to hoof the ball upfield.
72 COMMENT Hegeler instantly shows his class for the home side as he controls the ball well amid a crowd of players before firing a pass out to Can on the near side.
70 SI Substitute in E. Derdiyok of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
70 SO Substitute out Heung-Min Son of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
70 SI Substitute in J. Hegeler of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
70 SO Substitute out S. Reinartz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
70 SI Substitute in A. Büttner of Manchester United
70 SO Substitute out P. Evra of Manchester United
70 COMMENT Both coaches decide it is time to make changes. Moyes replaces Evra with Alexander Buttner at left-back while Eren Derdiyok and Jens Hegeler come on for Son and Reinartz for the hosts.
70 COMMENT S. Reinartz is replaced with J. Hegeler.
70 COMMENT A. Büttner comes on for P. Evra.
70 COMMENT Heung-Min Son is done for the day. E. Derdiyok is his replacement.
68 COMMENT Nani steals the ball from Bender inside his own half to kick-start an attack for United but the move peters out as Kagawa takes too long to play a throughball to Rooney.
66 COMMENT STAT: That is Evans' first goal in 2013. The Northern Ireland international has put in a very good performance for the Red Devils tonight, at both ends of the pitch.
65 G GOAL (Manchester United): Scored by J. Evans
65 COMMENT GOALLLL!! EVANS MAKES IT THREE! United increase their lead after Evans nips in to seize on the loose ball inside the Leverkusen area after Leno had saved well from Rooney following a corner from Giggs. The centre-back took a touch in a crowded box to take it past the despairing goalkeeper and flick
63 COMMENT ROONEY SENDS A SWIRLING EFFORT WIDE! The former Everton man drifts away from Rolfes 25 yards from goal and instinctively lets fly with his right boot. The ball moves considerably in the air but not enough to catch Leno out as it crashes into the advertising hoardings behind the Leverkusen goal.
62 COMMENT It turns out the flag was up against Spahic for offside there, so even if that rebound had beaten De Gea, it would not have counted.
61 COMMENT REINARTZ HITS THE POST! The 24-year-old nods a Castro corner against the woodwork and Spahic's follow-up is saved well at the near post by an alert De Gea.
60 COMMENT NANI FLASHES A SHOT WIDE! Moments after Spahic heads over United race up the other end and come close to making it 3-0. Nani exchanges passes with Rooney on his way into the box, before arrowing a left foot effort just wide of Leno's left-hand post.
58 COMMENT Castro goes over to take the set piece from the left and again looks for the forehead of Spahic with his cross. The centre-back has another chance at redemption for the home side as he leaps highest, but he cannot get his header on target.
57 COMMENT Kiessling surges into the left-hand corner with the ball at his feet and does well to win a corner off the legs of Smalling.
56 COMMENT Leno sends a Leverkusen goal kick straight into the lap of Jones in the centre circle. The United man does not make the most of it though, as a heavy touch gifts the ball to Rolfes.
54 COMMENT It is Kagawa and Evra's turn to thunder forward for the away side. They play a neat one-two before Rooney lifts a pass over Donati towards Evra, who has continued his run, but the France international is unable to retrieve the ball under the watchful eye of the Leverkusen right-back.
52 COMMENT Rooney finds Valencia with a divine pass into the right-hand channel. The United midfielder's cross into the box is just about dealt with by Toprak though, as the ball cannons out for a corner off the centre-back.
51 COMMENT The German midfielder elects to curl a cross towards Spahic rather than shoot though, and the ball nearly finds the Bosnian in a pocket of space, but he cannot adjust his body to divert the free kick towards goal.
50 COMMENT Castro lines up a free kick 40 yards from goal...
49 COMMENT Kagawa goes down again, this time after getting inadvertently punched in the face by Leno. That looked very painful! Thankfully the attacking midfielder appears to be alright, as he groggily gets to his feet and play gets back underway.
48 COMMENT Spahic clips the heels of Kagawa as the Japan international tries to spin in the centre circle and United are granted a free kick by the man in yellow.
47 COMMENT Leverkusen try and break through Kiessling on the right but he is crowded out and United immediately try and launch a counterattack on the opposite side. Valencia powers over the halfway line only to misplace his pass to Kagawa, who is waiting eagerly on the edge of the Leverkusen box.
46 COMMENT We are back underway at the BayArena. United get the ball rolling in Germany...
45 COMMENT And there is the half-time whistle! It's been plain sailing for the visitors since Valencia gave them the lead midway through the half.
44 COMMENT Smalling and Valencia deliver two dangerous crosses from the right but Leverkusen's defence are equal to them, as first Toprak and then the goalkeeper Leno knock the ball clear.
43 COMMENT STAT: United have scored at least two goals in their last three matches against Leverkusen in all competitions.
41 COMMENT Kiessling, who has scored eight times in the Bundesliga for the hosts this season, has done little of note in this game, but for forcing that fine block from Evans just before United's opening goal. Hyypia will no doubt have a word with him at the break, as they will need the imposing forward on for
39 COMMENT CASTRO FIRES OVER FROM DISTANCE! The ball falls kindly to the 26-year-old 30 yards from goal after Son is dispossessed by Jones, but he cannot get his attempt on target and the ball flies into the stands.
38 COMMENT Ferdinand gets away with what looked like a fairly high challenge on Son as the two tussled for possession midway inside the United half. The defender gets the benefit of the doubt from the referee on this occasion as he waves play on.
37 COMMENT What a waste that is from Castro! The Leverkusen attacker whips a corner from the right straight out of play behind De Gea's goal. That was a woeful cross.
35 COMMENT That man Rooney is flagged offside as United go in search of a third before the break! Again it is Kagawa with the pass that bamboozles the Leverkusen defence. Fortunately for them Rooney had strayed offside.
33 COMMENT There have been two very good assists from Rooney in this first half. The first, a chipped cross, set Valencia up for a tap-in at the back post, while his devilish free kick a few minutes ago forced the mistake from Spahic that made it 2-0.
32 COMMENT Kagawa is enjoying his return to the BayArena, having played here numerous times for his former club Dortmund. The Japanese playmaker has been dictating play for United playing just off Rooney and his latest dribble has just ended with a smart shot towards the bottom corner that had Leno scrambling
31 COMMENT Hyypia was fairly angry moments before that second United goal, I shudder to think how he's feeling now. His side are two goals down after just half an hour – at home.
30 OG OWN GOAL (Bayer 04 Leverkusen): Scored by E. Spahić
30 COMMENT SPAHIC NODS ROONEY'S FREE KICK PAST HIS OWN KEEPER! The Bosnian centre-back hangs his head in shame as he gets the final touch to divert Rooney's wicked set piece past Leno and into the top corner.
29 COMMENT Hyypia is barking orders at his team from the Leverkusen technical area. His side have been second-best in the opening half at the BayArena and they have just given away another free kick in an inviting position.
28 COMMENT BENDER HEADS WIDE! The Germany international meets Rolfes' high free kick from the left but cannot get his headed attempt on target and the ball drifts harmlessly wide.
27 COMMENT And now Leverkusen have a free kick of their own. Valencia is the culprit for United, as he tussles with Can who had pushed forward from full-back for the hosts.
26 COMMENT United win a free kick after a foul by Can on Kagawa but the resulting set piece is poor from Giggs, and his strike does not even beat the Leverkusen wall.
25 COMMENT EVANS STRIKES AT GOAL! The United centre-back finds himself in space on the edge of the Leverkusen penalty area, but his left foot effort into the ground deflects off a defender and is cleared away.
24 COMMENT So, United take the lead just moments after Evans put in a fine last-ditch challenge to block a strike from Kiessling inside the box. How important that piece of defending looks now!
22 AS Assist by W. Rooney (Manchester United)
22 G GOAL (Manchester United): Scored by A. Valencia
22 COMMENT W. Rooney provided the assist.
22 COMMENT VALENCIA GIVES UNITED THE LEAD! The versatile Ecuadorian knocks the ball home at the back post after Rooney had hung a cross up beautifully for him from the left. That was a very efficient attack from the visitors. Kagawa stole the ball from Spahic, fed it to Giggs, who flicked it out to Rooney – an
21 COMMENT VITAL INTERVENTION FROM EVANS!! The Northern Irish defender throws himself in front of a Kieslling effort from 15 yards after the Leverkusen forward had strolled into the box past a weak challenge from Ferdinand.
19 COMMENT The United bench takes a sharp intake of breath as Spahic rises highest in the penalty area to head Castro's corner at goal, but the former Sevilla defender's header flicks onto the roof of De Gea's net.
18 COMMENT Son wins a corner for Hyypia's side after drifting in from the left and flicking a left foot shot towards goal. His effort deflects off Ferdinand and bounces behind, which gives Leverkusen a chance to test De Gea.
16 COMMENT Nani hurdles a challenge from Castro and hurtles over the halfway line, but there are not enough United players making attacking runs in front of him and Leverkusen are able to get numbers back in defence to slow the away side down.
15 COMMENT DECENT EFFORT FROM NANI! The Portugal international breezes in from the left-hand side, shifts the ball onto his right, and whips an effort a couple of yards over from the edge of the box.
14 COMMENT Patrice Evra sprints forward from his left-back berth to seize a loose pass that was directed towards the overlapping Donati. The Frenchman pushes down the left with the ball at his feet before winning a free kick after it clips the hand of the recovering Lars Bender. It was the German midfielder th
12 COMMENT It's a big opportunity for Nani this evening. He hasn't featured in United's last five games but Moyes has shown faith in him at an important moment in the Red Devils' season by starting him tonight. A win, of course, would send United through top of Group A.
11 COMMENT STAT: Rooney is Britain's all-time leading scorer in the Champions League, moving past Ryan Giggs to 29 on matchday one.
9 COMMENT Simon Rolfes and Stefan Kiessling work the ball well to attack quickly through the centre, and the former eventually makes space to get a shot on goal only to then miss the target.
8 COMMENT Nani controls the ball well inside the home side's box, but a quite unnecessary backheeled pass towards Jones goes astray and the hosts are able to break on the counter...
7 COMMENT A terrible cross from Antonio Valencia lets his side down as they push forward down the right. Nani was in acres of space on the left, all Valencia had to do was play a simple cross-field ball. He didn't manage it though, as Emir Spahic stepped in and easily stole possession on the edge of the Lever
6 COMMENT Smalling wanders forward to take a throw deep in the Leverkusen half and the hosts struggle to clear the ball. United have made a decent start at the BayArena, Moyes will certainly be encouraged by the amount of time they have spent in the Leverkusen half in the opening five minutes or so.
4 COMMENT A risky clearance from Bernd Leno invites pressure on the Leverkusen defence as their goalkeeper balloons the ball high into the air without getting any real distance on the kick. Emre Can shows decent composure to control the ball as it falls though – and he is able to clear it away.
3 COMMENT HAVE A GO SON! AND HE DOES! The 21-year-old decides to let rip from 25 yards for the home side, but his effort lacks any real venom and the ball bounces some way wide of De Gea's goal.
2 COMMENT Kagawa curls a pass round Omer Toprak and into the path of Rooney as United try and hit Leverkusen on the break early on, but the linesman on the far side brings their attack to a close by signalling that the England international had strayed offside. Spoilsport.
1 COMMENT And away we go in Germany...
0 COMMENT Ahead of kick-off let's have a quick look at the two side's starting XIs and see how van Persie and Sam's absences impact on their respective teams...
0 COMMENT The teams are out at the BayArena and we are just moments away from kick-off over in Leverkusen. Fingers crossed it's a cracker!
0 COMMENT SUBS: Lomb, Stafylidis, Wollscheid, Hegeler, Kohr, Derdiyok, Kruse
0 COMMENT That's all from me for tonight guys and girls. What a performance that was from the Red Devils! And how about that goal from Nani late on? It's been a while since United fans will have seen him doing anything like that. I hope you all enjoy your evenings. Good night!
0 COMMENT SUBS: Lindegaard, Buttner, Anderson, Young, Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck
0 COMMENT Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Champions League Group A fixture between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United at the BayArenA. My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be guiding you through proceedings tonight, as both sides look to seal a spot in the knockout stage
0 COMMENT UNITED TEAM NEWS: David Moyes gives Shinji Kagawa – who will know Leverkusen well from his time at Borussia Dortmund – a starting role just off Wayne Rooney in attack for the visitors. Chris Smalling continues at right-back for the Red Devils, while their central midfield sees the old partner the yo
0 COMMENT STATS STATS STATS: United have enjoyed less possession and completed less passes than their opponents this evening, but they are two goals ahead at the midway point in this game.
0 COMMENT Both coaches will be forced to tinker with their line-ups due to injuries to key players. Robin van Persie misses out for United due to toe and groin issues, while Sidney Sam, Leverkusen's standout performer this season, does not feature for the hosts because of a thigh problem.
0 COMMENT United, meanwhile, come into the game off the back of a dispiriting 2-2 draw away to Cardiff, which saw them concede a very late equaliser to drop two points.
0 COMMENT LEVERKUSEN (4-3-3): Leno; Donati, Spahic, Toprak, Can; Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes; Castro, Kiessling, Son
0 COMMENT FULL-TIME: BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0-5 MANCHESTER UNITED - Moyes' team secured their biggest ever away Champions League win after a flurry of goals in the second half from Evans, Smalling and Nani. Rooney, Kagawa and Giggs excelled for the visitors, while Leverkusen just never really got going. United are
0 COMMENT UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Giggs, Jones; Valencia, Kagawa, Nani; Rooney
0 COMMENT LEVERKUSEN TEAM NEWS: The hosts will look to Son Heung-Min for a creative spark this evening, with the 21-year-old enjoying a fine run of recent form which includes a hat-trick against Hamburg at the start of the month. Stefan Kiessling, the club's top scorer in the Bundesliga with eight goals, lead
0 COMMENT HALF-TIME: BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – Moyes' side have put in a very efficient performance in the first half at the BayArena and have a deserved two-goal lead courtesy of a close-range finish from Valencia and an own goal from the Leverkusen centre-back Spahic.
0 COMMENT A win would send either team through to the next round, but a draw could also be enough. The English champions can secure first place if they secure three points tonight and Shakhtar fail to win at home to Real Sociedad in the other Group A fixture.
0 COMMENT With 10 wins from their first 13 matches, Leverkusen have made their best-ever start to a Bundesliga season but a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday was overshadowed by the injury to Sidney Sam.

Match Statistics

Bayer LeverkusenLEV

Possession (%) 48
Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1
Fouls 14
Offsides 3
Corners 8
Shots on Target 4
Shots Blocked 1
Shots Wide 8
Free Kicks 15
Throw Ins 14
Goal Kicks 8

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