Was forced into a couple of impressive saves as Leverkusen looked to perform a textbook smash-and-grab. Should have been tested more often though, with the visitors wasteful on occasions.
Sitting at centre-back with Kucher looked a bit of a doddle for the pair as they were rarely troubled by Kiessling in the centre forward role and his companions on the wing.
Looked slightly clumsy with his challenges at times, but then again all giants do, and Kucher certainly seemed to tower over the timid Son Heung-Min for the majority of proceedings.
A sterling performance from the Croatian as he captained his side with gusto, gladly breaking forward down the right in spite of his age, and almost scoring in the most peculiar of circumstances when his cross rebounded off of the frame of the goal.
Penalised for fouls on a couple of occasions and guilty of giving them away in dangerous positions too, his performance rating could have been very different had Costa brought his shooting boots.
The Czech international was happy to fly in with the challenges and get stuck in throughout. Went agonisingly close to opening the scoring, and would have if it wasn;t for the intervention of Spahic's right knee.
Always looking for an opening to shoot, the attacking midfielder couldn't quite find his range on the evening, despite several attempts to beat Leno from all angles.
Produced a solid platform with Hubschmann from which Donetsk could build their numerous attacks. Refused to rush forward too, which helped as the hosts were rarely left open to the counter.
Tormented Donati down the left in the opening 45 and went close time and time again when cutting onto his right foot. Ultimately tired in the second period after, possibly brought on by being flattened by Bender.
A strong, tricky performance from the Brazilian was overshadowed by a moment of absolute madness as he threw himself to the floor in the Leverkusen area with not a challenge in sight. Rightfully booked, and the dive will be rightfully mocked.
Some decent movement in the opening period caused the Bayer defence some real problems as the hosts genuinely looked well on top. Was culpable for spurning some of the hosts' best chances however.
The Leverkusen shot-stopper simply made his goal impenetrable, producing fine saves to deny at least half of the Shakhtar team. Was given respite in the second period as Bayer pushed but still had to be on his toes to the bitter end to deny Adriano.
Defensively, not the soundest as he allowed Ferreyra to get the wrong side of him time and again. Booked for a foul he had to make after a piece of mindless defending got him in a spot of trouble.
Made his mark with some timely blocks to keep out the hosts on several occasions, most noteably frustrating Hubschman from close range in the second period.
Struggled to cope with the wizardry of Bernard in the first half, allowing himself to be dragged out of position and turned inside out. Will have been grateful the Brazilian tired early in the second period, allowing the full-back to enjoy the rest of the game in relative peace.
Refused Donetsk any aerial threat with a dominant display in the air. The number of corner the home side had was probably just about matched by the number of headed clearances from Toprak, and that was no coincidence.
Bayer only really threatened on the counter, but when they did Rolfes was certainly involved in the build-up. Setting himself just in front of the back four, the midfielder picked out Son and Sam on several occasions to get the ball rolling.
The only constant threat possessed by the German side all night, Sam was guilty of wasting three or four gilt-edged chances for the visitors, dragging wide and shooting straight at Pyatov when well placed.
Booked for a cynical challenge on a rampant Bernard, the midfielder did well to break up the hosts attacking play in a more conventional style too. Always happy to get forward and almost poked home from Sam's cross in the second half.
As part of a trio, Castro did little to hold up his third of the midfield bargain, refusing to press and ultimately leaving his companions to pick up the pieces. Delivered two tame free kicks too that didn't help his cause.
Isolated for large periods on the left, Son began to threaten a little more in the second period, winning corners and chasing down with a little more conviction. Had little to show for his efforts though at the end of the day than a deflected effort that had Pyatov sprawling.
If someone was to admit they didn't realise he was on the pitch, the chances are they aren't lying. Most people were probably under the impression Sam was Leverkusen's centre forward, but Kiessling was out there too. Somewhere.