Champions League - 1st Leg
B LeverkusenBayer 04 Leverkusen1Atl MadridAtlético Madrid0

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid

By Dominic RaynorBBC Sport
Hakan Calhanoglu
Hakan Calhanoglu joined Bayer Leverkusen from Bundesliga rivals Hamburg
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  • Leverkusen make almost twice as many passes as Atletico
  • Atletico concede first goal in six CL games

Hakan Calhanoglu gave Bayer Leverkusen victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against last year's finalists Atletico Madrid.

Calhanoglu scored the only goal on 57 minutes, firing into the top of the net after Karim Bellarabi's backheel.

Atletico had midfielder Tiago sent off for a foul on Bellarabi - his second booking - and had a goal ruled out.

Fernando Torres thought he had scored with a header following a corner, but the ball had already gone out of play.

Passed out
Atletico only completed 58% of their passes against Leverkusen, the lowest percentage in a Champions League game this season.

The result means the tie remains in the balance ahead of the second leg at Atletico's Vicente Calderon on 17 March.

Leverkusen have won just one of their past five Bundesliga matches and none of their previous seven Champions League knockout games.

But the German side, who finished second to Monaco in Group C, started well and nearly took the lead on 14 minutes when Emir Spahic's header was hacked off the line by Mario Mandzukic.

Spahic, who replaced suspended Turkey international Omer Toprak in Leverkusen's defence, beat Miguel Moya again 11 minutes later, but his 25-yard drive struck the woodwork.

Atletico, who had lost just one of their previous nine away games in the competition, were outfought for much of the first half.

But Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno was forced to tip a cross off Antoine Griezmann's head and then pull off a wonderful save from Tiago's volley as the interval approached.

No Moya clean sheet
Hakan Calhanoglu is the first player to score in the Champions League against Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Moya, who has faced 15 shots on target.

It was the hosts who took the lead, though, as Bellarabi drove into the area and backheeled the ball into the path of Calhanoglu, who smashed home.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who had to make two substitutions in the first half, responded by replacing Arda Turan with former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres.

The Spaniard had the ball in the Leverkusen net on 74 minutes, only for his close-range header to be ruled out.

And the Spanish champions' hopes of a comeback were all but ended when they were reduced to 10 men moments later, with Tiago shown his second yellow card after sliding in on Bellarabi.

Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt:

"We deserved to win. You could see from the first minute that we wanted to make an impression in the Champions League, to put ourselves in a good position to get through and I think we did that.

"We didn't allow them many chances. We had some more chances but it is important that we did not concede. We can live with this result.

"Away goals are so important that a goal late in the match would have made our situation much worse."

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone:

"They play as they do and they do it well. We each had a clear chance - they took theirs and we didn't.

"It could have been a worse result. But I am confident for the return leg. The outcome puts us in a good position."

Miguel Moya
Emir Spahic's shot beat Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Moya but struck the woodwork
Lars Bender
Lars Bender was back in the Bayer Leverkusen side after recovering from a knee injury
Roger Schmidt and Diego Simeone
Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt and Atletico's coaches exchange heated words following a foul on Gabi
Bernd Leno
Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno kept the scores level on the stroke of half-time
Hakan Calhanoglu
Hakan Calhanoglu scored his second Champions League goal this season
Tiago was sent off with 14 minutes to play at the BayArena
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres thought he had scored the fourth goal of his second spell at Atletico


B Leverkusen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 13Hilbert
  • 14PapadopoulosBooked at 36mins
  • 5Spahic
  • 18WendellBooked at 58mins
  • 27CastroBooked at 88mins
  • 8BenderBooked at 62minsSubstituted forRolfesat 68'minutes
  • 38Bellarabi
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forBrandtat 87'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 9DrmicSubstituted forKießlingat 80'minutesBooked at 89mins


  • 3Reinartz
  • 6Rolfes
  • 11Kießling
  • 17Boenisch
  • 19Brandt
  • 25Kresic
  • 26Donati

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 60mins
  • 3SiqueiraSubstituted forGámezat 38'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10TuranSubstituted forTorresat 64'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 5Cardoso MendesBooked at 76mins
  • 17SaúlSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 42'minutes
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 7Griezmann


  • 4Suárez
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 13Oblak
  • 18Gámez
  • 19Torres
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
Pavel Kralovec

Match Stats

Home TeamB LeverkusenAway TeamAtl Madrid
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1, Atlético de Madrid 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1, Atlético de Madrid 0.

  3. Booking

    Jesús Gámez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  5. Post update

    Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi following a set piece situation.

  7. Booking

    Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Booking

    Gonzalo Castro (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Emir Spahic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  11. Post update

    Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Julian Brandt replaces Hakan Calhanoglu.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Kießling (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  14. Post update

    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

  19. Post update

    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.