Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
October 23, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 25184‎
 
 
50′ (PG) Simon Rolfes
 
57′ Sidney Sam
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Goal rates the players on show as the Bundesliga side demolished Mircea Lucescu's outfit to go second in Champions League Group A

By Martin Macdonald

  • Bernd Leno
    5
    0
    3.00

    Bernd Leno

    Didn't have much to deal with for the majority of the evening but was solid whenever called into action. Beat away a superb strike from Hubschman and his distribution from the back was excellent.

  • Emir Spahic
    12
    0
    3.00

    Emir Spahic

    Was left slightly wanting at times when dealing with the pace of the Shakhtar frontline but his positioning helped nullify their threat. Had to be withdrawn with injury early in the second half.

  • Sebastian Boenisch
    10
    0
    3.00

    Sebastian Boenisch

    Was up and down the left flank for the whole 90 minutes and caused problems as an extra attacker in the space available. Barely gave Douglas Costa a sniff.

  • Ömer Toprak
    7
    0
    3.00

    Ömer Toprak

    Professionally strutted around at the back and looked the part as he kept Luiz Adriano quiet with ease. Headed everything out of the box and played some incisive passes into the midfielders.

  • Giulio Donati
    7
    0
    3.00

    Giulio Donati

    Grabbed an assist for the opening goal as he found space on the right before whipping in a perfect cross for Kiessling. Put dangerous crosses into the box time and again but was booked for a late challenge on Luiz Adriano.

  • Simon Rolfes
    10
    0
    4.00

    Simon Rolfes

    Bossed the midfield commandingly from the start and ran the match from the middle of the park. Continually put out fires and intercepted balls through, but used his possession well as he slid passes into space. Netted a goal with a superbly taken penalty.

  • Emre Can
    11
    2
    3.50

    Emre Can

    Had a pretty nervous opening half hour and looked shaky in possession, but grew into the match massively, slotting in nicely next to Rolfes. Provided a physical presence in the centre of midfield. The only negative would be some wasteful shooting.

  • Sidney Sam
    14
    1
    4.00

    Sidney Sam

    Started the match on the right wing but was given the freedom to drift inside, which is when he caused the most problems. Took his goal brilliantly as he timed his run to perfection before slotting home into the bottom corner.

  • Gonzalo Castro
    9
    1
    3.00

    Gonzalo Castro

    Featured in the whole just behind Kiessling but didn't feed off his team-mate as much as Sam and Son. Showed some lovely touches in the final third though, and was always looking to thread passes in behind the defence.

  • Heung-Min Son
    16
    1
    3.00

    Heung-Min Son

    Prospered in his free role on the left-hand side as he enjoyed floating into central areas. Displayed a touch of class on the ball which showed when he stabbed a superb pass through for Sam's strike.

  • Stefan Kießling
    16
    0
    4.00

    Stefan Kießling Top of the Match

    Was the focal point for all Leverkusen attacks. Won balls in the air all evening and netted a double with a glancing header and predatory finish. Also had a hand in the third as he won a brilliant flick-on to Son.

Substitutions

  • Philipp Wollscheid
    5
    1
    3.50

    Philipp Wollscheid

    Made a vital interception moments after coming on and slotted in seamlessly next to Toprak.

  • Jens Hegeler
    4
    0
    2.50

    Jens Hegeler

    Squandered a good chance from the edge of the area, but looked hungry and full of fight after his introduction.

  • Eren Derdiyok
    5
    0
    2.50

    Eren Derdiyok

    Continued Leverkusen's physical presence inside the area after Kiessling's withdrawal.

  • Andriy Pyatov
    0
    4
    2.00

    Andriy Pyatov

    Looked apprehensive to get across goal to beat away Kiessling's opening goal in fear of the post and gifted the German his second with a horribly spilled cross at the front post. Would have made his defence nervous all evening with his goalkeeping.

  • Olexandr Kucher
    0
    3
    2.00

    Olexandr Kucher

    Was fortunate not to give away a penalty in the first half as he went in heavily on Kiessling, who gave him a torrid time aerially all evening. Was dragged out of position time and again.

  • Vyacheslav Shevchuk
    0
    1
    2.50

    Vyacheslav Shevchuk

    Showed plenty of ambition going forward but his final cross or pass inside more often than not wouldn't pose a threat. Displayed an impressive engine down the left and put in a couple of decent interceptions. However, struggled to deal with the movement of Sam.

  • Darijo Srna
    7
    2
    3.00

    Darijo Srna

    Failed to follow the constant runs inside from Son Heung-Min and allowed the South Korean far too much space to cause damage. Gave away the penalty for the second goal with a daft push on Kiessling, but was much better going forward as he was always available on the overlap.

  • Yaroslav Rakytskyy
    0
    3
    2.50

    Yaroslav Rakytskyy

    Attempted to act as the catalyst for a few attacks by galloping out of defence, but more often than not lost the ball to pile pressure on his side. Did put in a few extremely solid challenges in and around the box but was poor on the night.

  • Tomas Hubschmann
    0
    1
    3.00

    Tomas Hubschmann

    Usually runs box-to-box but rarely ventured beyond the players in front of him. Did spray some nice passes to the wings. Tested Leno in the latter stages with a rasping strike from the edge of the area.

  • Fernando
    0
    1
    1.50

    Fernando Flop of the Match

    Didn't assert his authority in the middle of the park and failed to keep a close eye on Gonzalo Castro in the whole. Lackadaisical in possession and was withdrawn early in the second half as his side chased goals.

  • Douglas Costa
    1
    1
    2.50

    Douglas Costa

    Nothing went right for the Brazilian tonight as his shooting was woeful and passing was wayward. Displayed his blistering pace at times but no where near enough. Attitude was also not impressive as he attempted a few flamboyant flicks that didn't come off in the latter stages when his side was 4-0 down.

  • Alex Teixeira
    1
    1
    2.00

    Alex Teixeira

    Spurned the best opportunity of the match for Shakhtar when he latched on to a pass from Douglas Costa only to lash an attempts into the side-netting. Other than that didn't get beyond the Leverkusen defence and didn't pose too much of a threat.

  • Luiz Adriano
    1
    2
    1.50

    Luiz Adriano

    Squandered a decent opportunity to equalise in the first half when he ran on to a loose ball inside the box, only to fluff his shot. Hold-up play was sorely lacking which hampered his ability to introduce others into the play and was poor in possession.

Substitutions

  • Bernard
    8
    1
    2.50

    Bernard

    Was Shakhtar's best player after coming on and looked dangerous when running at the Leverkusen defence. Scoreline might not have been as bad had he started.

  • Ilsinho
    0
    1
    2.00

    Ilsinho

    Wasteful in possession after coming on.

  • Facundo Ferreyra
    0
    1

    Facundo Ferreyra

    Late change.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (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
Man City
6 2