Summary

  • Leverkusen draw a third successive Champions League match.
  • Hosts dominate second half but unable to force a breakthrough.
  • All still to play for in a tight group.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen maintained their unbeaten record in UEFA Champions League Group E, although they will have been disappointed to draw 0-0 with Tottenham Hotspur FC after a dominant second half showing.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC

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The teams cancelled each other out early on, each employing high-pressing tactics to put their opponents under pressure as soon as possible. Kevin Kampl was Leverkusen's liveliest player, collecting and distributing the ball tidily in a crowded midfield, but chances were few and far between. Bernd Leno pulled off an outstanding save to deny Erik Lamela the clearest opening at the end the first half.

Leno's Spurs counterpart Hugo Lloris did likewise soon after the break, keeping out Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's effort at the back post following a delightful flowing team move. There were further opportunities in quick succession for the hosts, with Charles Aranguiz and Chicharito both going close as Leverkusen increased the pressure in a one-sided second half. However, the ball simply would not go in for Roger Schmidt's men, who were forced to settle for another draw.

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Leverkusen veteran Stefan Kießling (c.) challenges for possession in a fiesty meeting with Tottenham.

Man of the match

Kampl was excellent throughout, a constant blur of movement in central midfield, combining tenacious tackling with composed passing to keep Leverkusen ticking over.

Talking point

It was another bittersweet Champions League night for Leverkusen. They were excellent again, as they were in previous outings against CSKA Moskva and AS Monaco, but simply could not secure their victory their performance deserved.

Match stats

  • Leverkusen had 16 shots on goal, compared to Tottenham's six.
  • Kampl had more touches of the ball (81) than any other Leverkusen player.
  • Stefan Kießling won more tackles (18) than anyone else on the pitch.

Line-ups

Leverkusen: Leno - Bender (c) (Jedvaj 74'), Tah, Toprak, Henrichs - Mehmedi, Aranguiz, Kampl, Calhanoglu (Baumgartlinger 46') - Kießling, Chicharito (Brandt 86')

Coach: Roger Schmidt

Tottenham: Lloris (c) - Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose - Alli, Wanyama - Lamela (Sissoko 71'), Eriksen, Son (Onomah 90') - Janssen (Dembele 64')

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino