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October 23, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 25184‎
 
 
50′ (PG) Simon Rolfes
 
57′ Sidney Sam
 
 
Top of the Match
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Leverkusen
Heung-Min Son
Heung-Min Son
Leverkusen
Flop of the Match
Fernando
Fernando
Shakhtar
Jens Hegeler
Jens Hegeler
Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: Kiessling double helps bury Miners

The German's clinical finishing ensured Leverkusen disposed of the visitors, with Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam also getting on the scoresheet in the Group A encounter

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Stefan Kiessling once again made the headlines as his double helped Bayer Leverkusen seal an emphatic victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Group A.

Kiessling had been at the center of controversy with a 'ghost goal' in his side's Bundesliga win over Hoffenheim last week, but there was no doubt about his strikes on Wednesday as he headed the Germans in front midway through the first half, before Simon Rolfes slotted home from the spot just after the break.
 
Sidney Sam added a third with a well-taken finish, before Kiessling poked home his second of the night with 18 minutes left to confirm the win.
 
The result extends Leverkusen's unbeaten run at home in the Champions League group stages to eight games, and leaves the team just a point behind Group A leader Manchester United.
 
Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia made four changes to the side that beat Hoffenheim, with Emir Spahic, Giulio Donati, Emre Can and Son Heung-Min all handed starts. Lars Bender missed out with a thigh injury.
 
The visitors, who travelled to Germany on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run, made two changes, welcoming back captain Darijo Srna while Tomas Hubschman was preferred to Taras Stepanenko.
 
Leverkusen made the more encouraging start, with first Rolfes and then Sam testing Andriy Pyatov within the opening 10 minutes.
 
Much had been made of Shakhtar's attacking threat, but the visitors struggled to find any sort of rhythm during the early exchanges, although the hosts breathed a sigh of relief when Yaroslav Rakitsky sent an early free kick just wide of the post.
 
Leverkusen continued to have the upper hand in the center of the park, and the club was rewarded for its  efforts after 23 minutes when Kiessling rose brilliantly to meet Donati's whipped cross and head his side into the lead.
 
The in-form striker should have doubled his tally just before halftime, but could not keep his header down this time.
 
Shakhtar was nearly level just a few seconds later when Alex Teixeira raced away from the defence before lashing his shot into the side-netting.
 
Leverkusen continued to press, though, and it increased its lead after the break when captain Rolfes slotted home from the spot, after Kiessling had been brought down by Srna.
 
Things soon got even better for the hosts when some slack defending allowed Sam to beat the offside trap and calmly slot home for his 11th goal in 15 games.
 
Shakhtar substitute Bernard should have found the net 10 minutes later, but he could not connect with Douglas Costa's low cross.
 
Kiessling continued to cause problems, and he was soon rewarded again for his fine performance 18 minutes from time, pouncing on a mistake by Pyatov to score from close range.
 
The hosts could have had a fifth late on, with both Can and Sam missing good opportunities, on what was otherwise a fantastic night for Hyypia's men.

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Leverkusen

1
Bernd Leno
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
56′
3.00
17
3.00
21
Ömer Toprak
Defender
3.00
26
Giulio Donati
Defender
22′ 38′
3.00
6
Simon Rolfes
Midfielder
50′
4.00
10
Emre Can
Midfielder
69′
3.50
18
Sidney Sam
Midfielder
57′
4.00
27
Gonzalo Castro
Defender
3.00
7
Heung-Min Son
Striker
57′ 71′
3.00
11
4.00

Shakhtar

2.00
30
Andriy Pyatov
Goalkeeper
2.00
5
2.50
13
3.00
33
Darijo Srna
Midfielder
50′
2.50
44
3.00
3
1.50
-
Fernando
Midfielder
61′
2.50
20
Douglas Costa
Midfielder
2.00
29
Alex Teixeira
Midfielder
1.50
9
2.00
-
Taison
Striker
46′

Substitutes

25
Andrés Palop
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
3.50
14
 - 
13
Jens Hegeler
Midfielder
71′
2.50
23
Robbie Kruse
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dominik Kohr
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
-
 - 
38
 - 
15
2.50
-
Bernard
Midfielder
46′
2.00
11
Ilsinho
Midfielder
61′
 - 
11
Eduardo
Striker
 - 
-

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Group A Matchday 3
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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