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October 3, 2013 12:15 AM IST
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ S. Karasev‎
Attendance:‬ 27462‎
 
45+1′ Simon Rolfes
Carlos Vela 51′
90+2′ Jens Hegeler
 
Top of the Match
Jens Hegeler
Jens Hegeler
Bayer Leverkusen
Heung-Min Son
Heung-Min Son
Bayer Leverkusen
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Sebastian Boenisch
Sebastian Boenisch
Bayer Leverkusen
Jens Hegeler
Jens Hegeler
Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Real Sociedad: Last-gasp Hegeler free kick secures tense triumph

Sami Hyypia's side leave it late to down Spaniard's and claim first victory in this year's competition

Jens Hegeler Bayer Leverkusen Real Sociedad Champions League 10022013
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Jens Hegeler's exquisite stoppage time free-kick won all three points for Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League Group A clash against Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

The midfielder, who had been brought on six minutes from time, curled home from distance as the Bundesliga outfit put the 4-2 opening-game defeat to Manchester United behind them.

Simon Rolfes had nudged the hosts ahead just before the break but Carlos Vela's rebound from his own saved penalty levelled the scores in the second half.

And the Liga side saw their hopes of a first point in Group A stolen away by Hegeler late on as they followed up their loss to Shakhtar Donetsk with another defeat.

There was just one change from the Leverkusen side that beat Hannover 2-0 last weekend, with Philipp Wollscheid replacing Emir Spahic at the back.

Midfielder Lars Bender was included despite limping off with an ankle injury on Leverkusen's last outing.

Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate made four changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Sevilla on Saturday, with Jose Angel Valdes, Gonzalo Castro, Ruben Pardo and Imanol Agirretxe all missing out.

Experienced midfield pairing Gorka Elustondo and David Zurutuza were both drafted in, as were defender Alberto De La Bella and striker Haris Seferovic.

The home side started brightly and the game's first opportunity fell to the in-form Stefan Kiessling, who has five goals in seven Bundesliga games this season, but he fired straight at Claudio Bravo after going through one-on-one.

Leverkusen almost went ahead in the 20th minute when Rolfes' strike deflected off Sidney Sam and forced a smart stop from Bravo.

Sociedad created some chances of their own, though, and 12 minutes before the break Elustondo's superb effort was well kept out by Bernd Leno.

But it was Sami Hyypia's men who took the advantage into the interval, Rolfes firing home after his header from Sam's free kick had been parried by the goalkeeper on the stroke of half-time.

Their lead lasted less than 10 minutes into the second half, as Roberto Hilbert chopped down Vela and the Mexican stepped up to take the spot-kick, which he tucked away at the second attempt after Leno saved the initial effort.

But, after weathering the storm, it was the hosts who prevailed when Hegeler found the top corner with a stunning last-gasp free kick that marked his side's 100th goal in the competition.



Bayer Leverkusen

1
Bernd Leno
Goalkeeper
51′ 52′
4.00
4
3.50
14
Roberto Hilbert
Midfielder
2.50
17
2.00
21
Ömer Toprak
Defender
3.50
3
Stefan Reinartz
Midfielder
3.00
6
Simon Rolfes
Midfielder
46′
4.00
8
Lars Bender
Midfielder
2.00
18
Sidney Sam
Midfielder
85′
2.50
7
Heung-Min Son
Striker
68′
3.00
11
2.50

Real Sociedad

3.50
1
Claudio Bravo
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
3.50
6
3.50
24
3.00
5
Markel Bergara
Midfielder
2.50
17
Zurutuza
Midfielder
90′
3.00
7
2.00
8
4.00
11

Substitutes

25
Andrés Palop
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
 - 
26
 - 
10
Emre Can
Midfielder
69′
2.50
23
Robbie Kruse
Midfielder
68′
2.50
13
Jens Hegeler
Midfielder
85′ 92′
3.50
9
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Substitutes

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13
Zubikarai
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
19
Cadamuro
Defender
 - 
14
Rubén Pardo
Midfielder
 - 
18
 - 
23
Javier Ros
Midfielder
90′
2.50
9

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Results
Group A Matchday 2
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
6 2