- Bayer Leverkusen stole all three points against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Group B tie after two late goals
- Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby scored late on for the Bundesliga side after a dominant display against Diego Simeone’s side
- Bayer Leverkusen has now leapfrogged Atletico Madrid to second on the Group B table with 3 points from 2 games
Bayer Leverkusen needed two late goals to grab their first win in the UEFA Champions League after securing a 2-0 victory against Atletico Madrid at the Bay Arena.
Atletico Madrid were hoping to consolidate on their matchday 1 victory against Porto but faltered badly against the Bundesliga side who were dominant from start to finish.
With the game seeming like it was heading for a tie, Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby popped up with a goal apiece to hand Leverkusen all three points against Diego Simeone’s men.
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Bayer Leverkusen get their campaign on track
Bayer Leverkusen claimed just their second win of the season after six defeats in eight games across all competitions with a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid.
Both teams had largely canceled each other out in a first half of few chance as Leverkusen looked better early on, when Andrich fired a good chance over.
Atleti had two strong penalty shouts in the first-half and were unlucky not to be awarded at least one spot-kick when Alvaro Morata was nudged over from behind by Kerem Demirbay and alo so when Edmond Tapsoba seemed to handle a ball headed on from a dangerous Joao Felix cross, but no further action was needed after a quick VAR check.
After the break, Adam Hlozek of the Czech Republic hit the post on the rebound, and Patrik Schick of the home team hit the crossbar.
The final 10 minutes saw both sides pick up the tempo, but Leverkusen was the team to score.
Frimpong did well to elude his defender and throw a low pass into the center for Andrich, who scored his first Champions League goal by hitting the ball first-time inside the left post.
Frimpong then gave Diaby a magnificent cross to make it 2-0 for Leverkusen, condemning Atletico Madrid to their first loss in the Champions League this season.
Diego Simeone refuses to comment on VAR controversy
Both sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, but Atletico players felt hard done by the result.
Atletico striker Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out after Joao Felix was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up.