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88'
A. Dragović
Yellow Card
88'
V. Germain
Yellow Card
83'
M. De Sanctis
Own Goal
83'
Wendell
Penalty Miss
79'
T. Lemar
G. Carrillo
77'
B. Henrichs
V. Yurchenko
76'
V. Germain
C. Jean
71'
R. Kruse
J. Brandt
67'
C. Aránguiz
H. Çalhanoğlu
66'
Adama Traoré II
Boschilia
48'
H. Çalhanoğlu
Assist
48'
J. Brandt
Goal
42'
Boschilia
Yellow Card
30'
V. Yurchenko
Goal
30'
Wendell
Assist
24'
Jemerson
Yellow Card
3
1
3
3

Stats

Possession
% %
5
7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 0
Total Passes 437 477

Commentary

Full-time in the BayArena. In a night where the result had no consequences in Group E, Leverkusen took advantage of the situation to run out very comfortable 3-0 winners over group winners, Monaco, with strikes from Yurchenko, Brandt, and an own-goal from De Sanctis sealing the three points. Thanks for joining us, see you next time.
90' + 2' HERNANDEZ! How close was that?! The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man attempts to stop his goal drought with a rasper of a strike from 30 yards, but even with De Sanctis clearly beaten, the shot whistles wide of the left-hand post.
90' Three added minutes have been allocated by the referee and Leverkusen and Monaco don't have long to wait before putting their European aspirations to one side until February. Both outfits have acquitted themselves admirably in the Champions League, so they could indeed make an impact in the knockout stages.
A. Dragović
Yellow Card
Bayer Leverkusen
88' Confirmation of the yellow for Dragovic.
V. Germain
Yellow Card
Monaco
88' Germain and Dragovic both go into the book after a bit of handbags off the ball, with the latter being accused of wasting time.
87' Hernandez takes the ball in to feet with a smart touch with his back to goal inside the box, looking to set up someone for a goal. Kruse is eventually sent towards the byline from the Mexican, but De Sanctis does well on this occasion to come off the line and claim possession.
85' Five minutes remaining in this Group E clash and all three points were confidently wrapped up by Leverkusen even before than own goal from De Sanctis which saw them take a healthy three-goal lead. Nobody will fancy coming to the BayArena in the last-16, that is for sure.
M. De Sanctis
Own Goal
Monaco
83' De Sanctis is desperately unfortunate as the ball bounces off his back to go in following the penalty.
Wendell
Penalty Miss
Bayer Leverkusen
83' GOOOOOOAAAALLL FOR LEVERKUSEN! Wendell misses the penalty after smashing a strike off the bar, but fortunately for him it cannons off the back of De Sanctis before nestling over the line! Three-nil.
82' PENALTY TO LEVERKUSEN! The home side have the opportunity to wrap up all three points now as Diallo clumsily brings down Kruse inside the Monaco penalty area!
80' Hernandez comes deep to receive the ball around 25 yards out and shakes off the attentions of his marker before attempting a whipped cross to the back post Da Costa, who is galloping forward at pace. The right-back sprints as hard as he can to try and turn an attempt on target, but there is just too much on the ball from the Mexican and Monaco get the goal-kick.
T. Lemar
G. Carrillo
Monaco
79' Last change from Jardim and it sees Carrillo make way for Thomas Lemar.
B. Henrichs
V. Yurchenko
Bayer Leverkusen
77' The third and final change from Schmidt sees Benjamin Henrichs replace the opening goalscorer, Yurchenko.
V. Germain
C. Jean
Monaco
76' Indeed, Jean is now brought off and his replacement will be Valere Germain.
75' Monaco have had a couple of chances in this second period to make things a bit more stressful for Leverkusen in the latter stages, but their inablity to even test Ozcan between the sticks has been telling. Jean really should have netted with that opportunity in which he smashed the ball off the post from close range.
73' Da Costa makes a bursting run down the right wing, eager to get on the end of a pass from Kruse. However, with the substitute taking a little while to release possession before eventually finding Baumgartlinger, the marauding right-back is flagged offside down the right when he finally gets the ball.
R. Kruse
J. Brandt
Bayer Leverkusen
71' For Leverkusen, Robbie Kruse comes on for the second goalscorer, Brandt.
70' Twenty minutes to go in the Champions League group stage and while other sections are still awaiting a varity of permutations, Leverkusen are playing their way to a comfortably win over group winners, Monaco. Still time for a couple of goals, but they look more likely to come from the Bundesliga side.
68' Some worrying scenes for Leverkusen at he moment as Kiessling is down clutching his shin after a very nasty challenge from Dirar, who is of course pleading his innocence. The Monaco man is lucky the referee was looking the other way as he could have saw red, while the Leverkusen captain gets to his feet eventually.
C. Aránguiz
H. Çalhanoğlu
Bayer Leverkusen
67' Roger Schmidt makes his opening change now as Charles Aranguiz replaces Calhanoglu.
Adama Traoré II
Boschilia
Monaco
66' First change of the match now and it is no surprises to see Boschijia leave the action for Monaco as he hasn't had the best of nights. His replacement will be exciting, speedy winger Adama Traore.
64' Wendell finds himself in an advanced area in the final third this time and sees the ball bounce up perfectly just in front of him 20 yards out. He rightfully goes for the volleyed attempt on goal, but the connection isn't totally up to scratch which allows De Sanctis to easily see the strike wide of the right-hand post.
62' Both sides are cheaply exchanging possession currently and it is meaning that we aren't seeing much in terms of goalmouth action. Everything is a bit of a midfield battle, so the game needs the likes of Moutinho and Calhanoglu to see the ball a little more for the quality to shine through beyond the scrappy play.
60' Even with nothing much on the line tonight in the grand scheme of things, there is still a bit of a spikey atmosphere out there with a few reckless challenges flying in. Dragovic is the latest guilty party of things, which is stupid really as his team are winning comfortably.
58' The game is really stretched at the moment and it is making for a cracking watch. Fair play to Monaco as they are actually playing better at 2-0 than when they were up against just the one-goal disadvantage, but they still need to show a lot more going forward as Ozcan hasn't had a save to make.
56' Kiessling is yet to score this season for Leverkusen and you can tell that the BayArena faithful are desperate for their club captain to find the back of the net this evening. So much so that they are taking to half-heartedly jeering their own players whenever Kiessling doesn't get the pass in an advanced area. It is all in jest, I'm sure.
54' MONACO HIT THE POST! After a decent move down the left for the visitors, Jean eventually meets a cross at the front post, but the woodwork comes to Leverkusen's aid after the strike from close range. The Monaco forward really should have scored!
52' Both times that Leverkusen have scored they have visibly grown in confidence. They definitely look the most likely side to gain the next goal, which would end this game as a contest for Monaco.
50' Monaco's fringe players will certainly not have impressed Jardim in the dugout so far. Yes, the result doesn't matter in the group as a whole, but the Portuguese boss will still have been very eager to keep his side's unbeaten run in the group intact.
H. Çalhanoğlu
Assist
Bayer Leverkusen
48' Calhanoglu is the provider for Leverkusen this time with a threaded pass through to his team-mate.
J. Brandt
Goal
Bayer Leverkusen
48' GOOOOAAAAALLL! GOOOOAAAAL FOR LEVERKUSEN! The hosts come flying out of the blocks after the break! Brandt dashes forward down the left wing and exchanges a delightful one-two with Calhanoglu before moving one-on-one with the goalkeeper to finish with a gorgeous dink! Two-nil.
46' We are back under way in Germany.
Half-time at the BayArena. It has been an entertaining clash between Leverkusen and a much-changed Monaco outfit here, and it is the German side who lead at the break after a cracking strike from Yurchenko. Some free-flowing stuff on show, so more of the same in the second period please!
45' + 1' Two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee here, likely due to the couple of head knocks we saw in which players were down for a few moments.
44' Dirar finally gets a chance to open up his stride down the right flank now as he drifts past his marker before lashing a teasing cross into the centre of the Leverkusen box. Carrillo strives to get on the end of it, but the hosts survive as Da Costa comes it with a superb tackle to prevent the strike on goal. Great defending.
Boschilia
Yellow Card
Monaco
42' Boschijia hasn't had the best of first halves here, and his frustrations boil up now as he blatantly stops a promising Leverkusen counter by completely taking out Brandt down the right wing. No surprises to see the Brazilian winger given a booking for his trouble.
40' One aspect of play which has been particularly disappointing from Monaco so far has been their inability to take advantages of set-piece situations. Boschijia has been the most guilty party with his poor attempted deliveries into the box, and this occasion is no different as he barely beats the first man with a free-kick deep down the left wing.
38' Baumgartlinger bulldozes his way through the middle of the park, evading two challenges as he goes before finding the feet of Hernandez. The former Manchester United man sees a pass through the channel to Brandt intercepted, and in his attempts to win possession back, concedes the cheap foul.
36' Monaco are pretty disjointed at the moment, which is perhaps understandable considering the changes that Jardim has made. They still have some quality players out there, such as Moutinho in midfield, but the play is going all through Leverkusen currently.
34' ANOTHER GREAT STOP FROM DE SANCTIS! The veteran goalkeeper is the only reason Leverkusen are only one goal ahead at the moment instead of more as he makes yet another save, this time to deny a point-blank Dragovic header at the back post. Indeed, he stopped Hernandez for the rebound too!
32' Leverkusen deserve the lead at the moment as they were the team probing for the opener moments before actually gaining it. Just a few seconds before Yurchenko found the back of the net, Hernandez was denied again by De Sanctis after a strike from the left channel inside the box.
V. Yurchenko
Goal
Bayer Leverkusen
30' GOOOOAAALLLLL FOR LEVERKUSEN! The hosts open the scoring, and in some style! Yurchenko, who makes a rare start for Schmidt's outfit tonight, takes advantage of his chance in the starting XI with a beauty of a finish into the top right corner from 25 yards! Fantastic. One-nil.
Wendell
Assist
Bayer Leverkusen
30' A simple assist for Wendell, as it was his team-mate who did all the work!
29' Brandt pops up down the right flank now and takes on the defender before attempting the one-two with Yurchenko, who finds himself in an advanced area. However, the return pass from the latter just has a little too much on it, which allows De Sanctis to come off the line and claim.
27' Jean, who has been fairly bright so far, comes deep to receive the ball to feet in a central area before deciding to have a crack at goal. Certainly a well-struck attempt, but he continues to wait for his first Monaco goal as the strike flashes wide of the right-hand post.
25' We are just beyond the midway point of the first half now and, perhaps as expected, things are slightly cagey between Leverkusen and Monaco. By no means a dull game, but with only pride on the line you can't expact players to be bursting a gut to get on the end of every ball.
Jemerson
Yellow Card
Monaco
24' First booking of the match is a meaningful one for Jemerson as the Monaco man will now receive a suspension for tallying up the yellow. His offence on this occasion is climbing all over Kiessling in an aerial altercation with the Leverkusen captain.
21' We get another positive glimpse of Kiessling now as the big forward displays a delightful back-heel touch to send possession into the path of the oncoming Hernandez. The Mexican eats up the space ahead of him into the final third, but the resulting strike on goal is disappointing by his standards and goes straight into the arms of De Sanctis.
19' Why isn't Kiessling having a shot?! The Leverkusen captain initially does brilliantly to leave two defenders for dead with a couple of fabulous touches to make his way into the penalty area, but instead of pulling the trigger from a good position, he opts to pass inside to Calhanoglu! Monaco clear, and that goes down as a big missed opportunity for the hosts.
17' Boschijia stands over a corner-kick down the left wing and steps up to fire a cross to the front post, but the referee stops the play as Jean and Calhanoglu go down after a nasty clash of heads. The duo will be okay, but there will be a small delay as they receive some treatment.
15' Well, that is fairly embarrassing for Baumgartlinger. A promising-looking Leverkusen move down the right channel sees Kiessling hit the byline before dinking a cross into the danger area, which is subsequently palmed away by the goalkeeper. The Austria international spins awkwardly, attempting to get the shot away, but only succeeds in firing possession out for a throw-in.
13' The referee plays a good advantage down the left for Monaco now and it is Diallo who leads the charge with a penetrating run into space. He subsequently sends a speculative cross to the back post, which Jean tries to nod down for Carrillo, but Wendell defends well to make the vital clearance inside the box.
11' Leverkusen win the ball back in an area just in front of their own penalty area now but, due to a poor clearance from Yurchenko, Monaco are able to steal possession back rather quickly. It certainly wasn't the Ukrainian's fault, though, as the ball appeared to take a massive bobble up from the surface!
9' Monaco, rather typically, are set-up to pose a threat on the counterattack here tonight as they possess plenty of pace going forward. Without the likes of Bernardo Silva and Radamel Falco in the ranks this evening, however, they will be forced to find quality from other areas in the final third. Pace looks like it may be the answer.
7' SAAAAAVE FROM DE SANCTIS! Hernandez, who is on an uncharacterstic goal drought of 11 games at the moment, attempts to stop the rot with a curled strike towards the top corner after some great work by Brandt. However, the veteran Monaco stopper is there to tip over for a corner-kick.
5' A decent start to proceedings from Monaco here, who are taking the game to Leverkusen early on. Dirar manages to find a yard of space down the left wing to whip a dangerous cross into the penalty area, but it just evades Carrillo who is unable to divert a strike on target.
3' Even with nothing much on the line tonight, the Leverkusen fans are still, naturally, out in full force to try and support the Bundesliga outfit tonight. Monaco have made much more alterations to the line-up than their opponents, so we will see if some fringe and younger players can make an impact.
1' We are under way at the BayArena!
Monaco subs: Badiashile, Bakayoko, Germain, Traore, Mendy, Lemar, Nguinda.
Monaco (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Toure, Raggi, Jemerson, Diallo; Moutinho, N'Doram, Boschijia; Dirar, Carrillo, Jean.
Leverkusen subs: Leno, Tah, Pohjanpalo, Aranguiz, Toprak, Kruse, Henrichs.
Leverkusen (4-4-2): Ozcan; Da Costa, Jedvaj, Dragovic, Wendell; Brandt, Baumgartlinger, Yurchenko, Calhanoglu; Hernandez, Kiessling.
TEAM NEWS...
With first and second place already sewn up before proceedings tonight, and with important domestic games on the horizon, we can probably expect Schmidt and Leonardo Jardim to make some alterations to their respective starting Xis tonight. Hopefully with nothing on the line we will see some free-flowing action, though!
The last clash between Leverkusen and Monaco took place at the end of September in this group. On that occasion at Stade Louis II, the honours remained even after a 1-1 draw, with Kamil Gilk saving a point for the Ligue 1 outfit after Javier Hernandez had gave Roger Schmidt's charges the lead 73 minutes in.
We are certainly into the business end of the group stage now, and as such certain business has already been completed as to who will progress to the knockout stage. Group E is in fact one of the sections in which this has already been confirmed, as Monaco have won the group with Leverkusen having claimed second. Neither Tottenham Hotspur or CSKA Moscow can leapfrog their way into the qualifying positions with one fixture to go.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the UEFA Champions League Group E encounter between Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco from the BayArena.
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