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K. Papadopoulos
C. Kramer
I. Rakitić
Yellow Card
Gerard Gumbau
Yellow Card
J. Brandt
H. Çalhanoğlu
Juan Cámara
Jordi Alba
S. Kießling
A. Mehmedi
Gerard Gumbau
W. Kaptoum
Bartra
Yellow Card
K. Kampl
Yellow Card
H. Çalhanoğlu
Assist
Javier Hernández
Goal
I. Rakitić
Assist
L. Messi
Goal
3
1
2
3

Stats

Possession
% %
7
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 10 2
Total Passes 488 508

Commentary

That's all for our coverage from the BayArena. Thanks for joining us today. Good bye!
Javier Hernandez cancelled out Lionel Messi's opener, but it isn't enough in the end as Roger Schmidt's side are knocked out of the competition despite a dominating performance. The wall of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen proved to be enough in the end as Barcelona hold on to play the role of spoiler at the BayArena. They advance as group winners while Leverkusen head to the Europa League.
FULL TIME: LEVERKUSEN 1-1 BARCELONA.
WIDE! That will surely be curtains on Leverkusen's Champions League campaign. A ball into the area is headed back to Tah atop the area, but his volley drifts wide. And that's all she wrote, folks.
Barcelona hanging on by a thread! Into the second of three minutes of stoppage time and Leverkusen are throwing everything they have at Ter Stegen - but the keeper is proving an impenetrable wall at the moment! Is the German keeper going to deny the club from his homeland?
SENSATIONAL FROM TER STEGEN! Hernandez had to believe that was his moment, but a some miraculous reactions from the keeper sees him get a hand up and keep the ball out at the near post! Absolutely remarkable!
K. Papadopoulos
C. Kramer
Bayer Leverkusen
Substitution Christoph Kramer Kyriakos Papadopoulos
SO CLOSE! Wonderful ball movement from the hosts as they work their way through the Barcelona defence. Brandt gets it in space on the edge of the area and threads a pass into the centre for Kramer. The midfielder sorts his footing, but the ball is poked away just as he's about to get his shot off.
I. Rakitić
Yellow Card
Barcelona
Rakitic takes down Wendell and that too is deemed a bookable offence by Mark Clattenburg. Plenty of possession but nothing to show for it as Leverkusen's frustrating night continues!
Gerard Gumbau
Yellow Card
Barcelona
As Leverkusen pass the ball around at will, Barcelona are starting to grow tired themselves. A cynical challenge from Gumbau stops a break, but he will pick up a yellow card for his troubles.
The noise level picks up as these fans urge the home side forward in attack. No doubt about it now, this is the time for Leverkusen to throw caution to the wind. They have to find a winning goal or they will be exiting the competition earlier than anticipated.
THEY CAN'T WASTE THOSE! Delightful little chip over the top from Kampl to pick out Kiessling as Leverkusen find themselves with three against one atop the area. The substitute doesn't realise it, however, and selfishly goes for goal himself, bouncing a half-volley well wide of the far post!
J. Brandt
H. Çalhanoğlu
Bayer Leverkusen
Indeed it is fatigue that appeared to be plaguing Calhanoglu, as the attacking midfielder is replaced for the final 10 minutes with Julian Brandt on in his stead.
The tempo has fizzled out a bit and you get the sense that tired legs are starting to set in. Calhanoglu has been quieter over the last five minutes or so and you have to wonder whether some of these Leverkusen players have run themselves into the ground.
Barcelona have hardly had an attack to speak of in this second half. They enjoy a a decent spell in possession in the Leverkusen end, their first since the restart, but nothing comes of it as the hosts win it back and look to break quickly. Tensions remain high inside the BayArena.
Juan Cámara
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
Juan Camara is handed a senior debut as he comes on to replace Jordi Alba, very much a straight swap, for the final 26 minutes.
Less than 20 minutes remain now and as things stand, Leverkusen are heading into the Europa League. The other match in the group between Roma and BATE remains scoreless, which means Roger Schmidt's side would be through with a victory, provided that result holds. Group E remains very much on a knife's edge.
S. Kießling
A. Mehmedi
Bayer Leverkusen
First change of the night for the hosts and it is accomplished striker and fan favourite Stefan Kiessling who is introduced. Can he be the hero for Leverkusen? Mehmedi is the one to give way.
Bartra has a nervous look at the referee as he's penalised for a cynical foul on Mehmedi. He's already been booked tonight and is treading on very thin ice now. Leverkusen are doing an excellent job of keeping the pressure on,  but need to convert these chances into a second goal.
Kampl has been a delight to watch in possession. From a deeper-lying role his defensive contributions may be a bit lacking, but he has been sensational with the ball at his feet. He's produced many probing runs forward and continues to ask questions of this Barca defence with his passing.
DECENT HIT! Leverkusen remain on the front foot and appear to be inching closer to that elusive second goal. Bellarabi picks out Hernandez, who pulls it back for Kampl, but the midfielder's thunderous drive is tipped over the bar by Ter Stegen!
Gerard Gumbau
W. Kaptoum
Barcelona
Kaptoum's Champions League debut ends after 62 minutes as he is replaced by Gerard Gumbau. The Cameroon midfielder was impressive in defence, but failed to offer enough in possession.
THAT HAD TO BE IT! Shocking and uncharacteristic defending has been the theme of this second half for Barcelona. A horrible clearance from Alba is sent straight to Hernandez who plays Bellarabi clean through. The German has Ter Stegen at his mercy, but the keeper holds his ground to prevent the go-ahead goal!
Barcelona manage a rare foray into attack and win a free kick. Messi's delivery is cleared, but the ball is played back in for Samper. The flag goes up for offside but the teenager doesn't realise at first. He keeps playing and rather embarrassingly jukes himself out as he slips and fails to get a shot off.
HOW MANY TIMES UNLUCKY?! There's only one team who looks like scoring at the moment and that is Leverkusen. Calhanoglu again gets on the end of a glorious chance as the ball falls kindly to him inside the area, but he sends his half-volley straight at Ter Stegen! A yard to either side and he surely has his goal!
Leverkusen are starting to take complete control of the match, dominating possession and winning the ball back very quickly when they give it away. They aren't interested in keeping the same tempo, however, instead looking to take a more patient approach in attack.
STAT: Barcelona have scored more second half goals than any other team this season in the Champions League (9).
STRAIGHT AT TER STEGEN! It was perhaps a bit too far out in the end for Calhanoglu, but he still got plenty of power behind that strike from 30-yards out - though can't force the keeper to work for the save.
Bartra
Yellow Card
Barcelona
Bartra has been having a bit of a rough night himself in defence, as not to leave Adriano alone in that sense, and he goes into the book for a foul which will afford the hosts a real chance from the ensuing free kick.
SHOULD BE TWO! A Leverkusen counter seems to com to an end as Hernandez's cross is straight onto the head of Adriano, but the full-back scuffs his clearance horribly, sending the ball back towards his own goal and straight into the path of Calhanoglu - but somehow he fails to capitalise, sending a shot just wide of the far post!
An errant pass from Ter Stegen put Barca under pressure shortly after the restart, but the visitors have since settled down and are enjoying more of the ball as this second half gets going.
Back underway in Germany!
Javier Hernandez was able to restore parity following Lionel Messi's opener, but that goal still is not enough to take Leverkusen through to the knockout stage as they require all three points. The good news for them is they played very well through the opening 45 minutes and have shown every sign of being able to claim a historic victory tonight.
HALF TIME: LEVERKUSEN 1-1 BARCELONA.
There will be a minimum of two minutes of stoppage time added on, as is indicated by the fourth official.
Play resumes without Vermaelen on the pitch, but the defender walked off under his own power and should be fine to continue. Just two minutes from the interval now. Do we have another sting in the tail?
Nasty collision! Vermaelen gets into a battle with Hernandez right at the centre dot as a ball from Leno is played through the air. Bartra arrives as the third man in and knocks the arm of Chicharito into the face of the Belgian defender who goes down in a heap. The medical staff comes out as play is brought to a halt, as is the case with any head injury.
NEAR DISASTER! The relaxed approach at the back from Barcelona nearly comes back to haunt them! Ter Stegen refuses to punt the ball up the pitch, instead looking to pass out from the back, and is nearly made to pay as his defence concedes possession. Calhanoglu wins the ball and tries to catch the keeper by surprise with a shot, but sends it too close to Ter Stegen who will start it up again.
The boos rain down from the home fans as Ter Stegen spends close to 20 seconds with the ball at his feet inside his penalty area, following a prolonged period of possession for Barcelona at the back. They are attempting to slow the pace and the BayArena doesn't appreciate it in the slightest!
Great movement from Calhanoglu who remains Leverkusen's most consistent threat to create in attack. He finds space along the edge of the area and sprints to the byline, but safe hands from Ter Stegen sees the keeper collect the subsequent cross with Hernandez lurking in the centre.
STAT: Leverkusen have claimed a home Champions League victory over Barcelona previously, a 2-1 success in September 2001.
If at all possible, the tempo seems to be picking up even more as we pass the half-hour mark. Leverkusen have to be careful not to be caught again on the break, as Barcelona can afford to throw caution to the wind - an option they haven't taken just yet, but do seem to be inching towards.
K. Kampl
Yellow Card
Bayer Leverkusen
You could see this coming from a mile away! Kampl flies into a challenge at the halfway line and will not escape a booking for that foul. The yellow card means he will be suspended for Leverkusen's next match in Europe.
The challenges are flying in and tempers are starting to rise. The tempo has been terrific since the opening kick and is showing absolutely no sign of dropping off at the moment. Barcelona are starting to grow in stature, though it is the hosts who are currently spending more time on the front foot.
Well is this perfectly poised or what? Leverkusen showing no signs of backing down in the face of their opponents and have provided every reason up to this point to believe they can claim all three points. Of course they would still need help from elsewhere, but at the moment Roma are being held by BATE.
H. Çalhanoğlu
Assist
Bayer Leverkusen
And who else but Calhanoglu to produce the pass, setting up Chicharito inside the area.
Javier Hernández
Goal
Bayer Leverkusen
INCREDIBLE RESPONSE FROM LEVERKUSEN! It's a finish of the highest order from Javier Hernandez who takes a pass inside the area and places a shot into the top corner with Ter Stegen rooted to his spot!
STAT: The last six Champions League matches played between these two teams have all been won by Barcelona.
I. Rakitić
Assist
Barcelona
Excellent work by the Croatia midfielder to find a pocket of space and then show his vision in playing that ball through for Messi.
L. Messi
Goal
Barcelona
BARCELONA DRAW FIRST BLOOD! It is a massive blow to the qualification hopes of Leverkusen, who have their work cut out now. Rakitic is able to thread a pass through to pick out the sensationally-timed run of Messi, who keeps a cool head to round Leno and finish it off.
Possession stats are starting to even out, though when Barcelona are on the ball they are far less threatening, showing much less intent on pushing the tempo and getting on the front foot in attack. It looks as though their best hope will be on the break.
Better from the visitors! They pass the ball around deep in their own end to get their feet wet, before breaking quickly up the pitch. Sandro gets on the end of a move and sends a decent effort at goal, but it is hit straight at Leno who makes a comfortable stop in the end.
This is very unlike Barcelona, who are seeing far less of the ball and allowing their opponents to dictate the tempo. Given the current landscape in Group E it isn't entirely surprising, but they won't want to keep going this way as it would surely put their unbeaten record in the group stage in jeopardy.
Ter Stegen equal to the task as Calhanoglu whips in a powerfully-struck free kick towards the far post. The keeper is able to dive across and keep it out with relative ease in the end, but Leverkusen are starting to inch closer towards an opener as they dominate possession.
STAT: Barcelona have won 14 of their last 16 Champions League games, the only exceptions being a 3-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in last season's semi-final second leg and a 1-1 draw against Roma this season.
Terrific defending! It was an equally-impressive run from Karim Bellarabi to get behind the defence and on the end of Calhanoglu's pass, but Marc Bartra recovers beautifully and does so well to block the winger's path through on goal - while preventing a corner at the same time.
Messi has his first involvement of the match, on the break, weaving his way into the area before laying off for Ivan Rakitic. The Croatia midfielder has options in the centre, but Omer Toprak deals with the threat convincingly, winning the ball back and clearing their lines.
The hosts have been very much on the front foot in these opening stages, pushing the tempo and enjoying the bulk of possession. They have plenty of support upon arriving in the final third, though are still awaiting their first shot on target.
ENCOURAGING START! Excellent effort from the catalyst of this Leverkusen side, Hakan Calhanoglu. He sprints forward and, from a rather wide position, unleashes a bullet of a strike across goal. Marc-Andre ter Stegen dives at full stretch to get across, and is relieved to see the strike drift narrowly wide of the far post.
And we're off! Leverkusen in black and red, Barcelona in light blue.
The players have taken their spot on the pitch with kickoff moments away, but the atmosphere is lacking a bit as nerves perhaps get the better of some of these fans.
Luis Enrique has rotated the squad a great deal, with first place already wrapped up. Neymar tweaked his groin ever so slightly in training and has been left out of the team as a precaution. Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta have been rested, while Dani Alves (suspended), Jeremy Mathieu (thigh) and Sergi Roberto (ankle) are all out. There are plenty of fresh young faces who get their chance tonight, including midfield starlet Sergi Samper and Cameroonian teenager Wilfrid Kaptoum, who makes his Champions League debut. Leo Messi is the familiar face, joining the kids tonight - Munir and Sandro - in attack.
Roberto Hilbert (knee) returned to action as a sub on the weekend after a two-month absence, and has been included in the starting lineup tonight at the expense of Giulio Donati. Wendell and Hakan Calhanoglu also return to the lineup after resting on the weekend, forcing Sebastian Boenisch and Julian Brandt to the bench. It is an attacking team put out by Roger Schmidt, but that was to be expected with his team needing all three points.
SUBS: Busquets, Suarez, Bravo, Mascherano, Masip, Camara, Gumbau.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Adriano, Bartra, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Samper, Kaptoum; Messi, Munir, Sandro.
SUBS: Ramalho, Papadopoulos, Kiessling, Boenisch, Brandt, Kresic, Donati.
LEVERKUSEN (4-2-3-1): Leno; Hilbert, Tah, Toprak, Wendell; Kramer, Kampl; Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi; Hernandez.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Leverkusen’s prospects are far less endearing – and anything but clear. Roger Schmidt’s team can still reach the knockout stage, get bumped to the Europa League, or be eliminated from Europe altogether depending on tonight’s results. They sit tied on points with Roma, five apiece, but despite holding the better goal differential in group play, they trail the Italian outfit by virtue of an inferior head-to-head record. As a result, in order for them to advance, they need to record a historic victory today over Barcelona and hope Roma fail to win at home to BATE Borisov – the Belarussian side who have dropped both away matches thus far in the group stage by a combined score of 7-1. A draw would eliminate Leverkusen from the Champions League, but assure them a spot in the Europa League.
Hello Champions League fans around the world and welcome to our live coverage of Leverkusen and Barcelona, for what promises to be a dramatic conclusion to Group E. Barcelona has already secured top spot in the group in convincing, albeit unsurprising, fashion. They can play the role of spoiler today by defeating the Bundesliga outfit, or they can take the opportunity to rest some key first-team players – either way we will be watching them come February when the knockout stage commences.
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