Bayer Leverkusen remain without a point in three matches in UEFA Champions League Group D after slipping to a 1-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid.
As it happened
ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN
GOALS: 1-0 Morata (78')
90+1' BRILLIANT FROM VOLLAND
The forward receives the ball on the edge of the area with his back to goal, but shows off some brilliant footwork to skip past two defenders. He gets into a position to shoot, but it's blocked by a last-gasp lunge by a defender.
90' INTO STOPPAGE TIME
An additional three minutes will be played.
88' ATLETICO SITTING DEEP
Their 1-0 lead in the bag, the hosts are happy to sit back and see the result over the line. They're barely venturing out of their own half now and are cramming the space around their own penalty area.
84' ALARIO FOR DEMIRBAY
The 27-year-old forward came off the bench to help Argentina recover from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Germany during the international break. Can he have a similar impact here?
82' YOU SHALL NOT PASS
Going behind has lit a fire under Leverkusen, who are pushing forward with greater purpose now. They've got behind the Atleti defence a couple of times, but haven't managed to find the decisive final pass yet.
78' MORATA HEADS ATLETICO IN FRONT
Thomas finds Lodi in acres of space, wide on the left. He has time to plant a brilliant cross between Leverkusen's two centre-backs, right onto the head of Morata, whose thumping header from six yards out leaves Hradecky with no chance.
76' PAULINHO FOR HAVERTZ
Leverkusen coach Bosz makes his first substitution, bringing on pacy attacker Paulinho for Havertz.
74' BRILLIANT TACKLE FROM THOMAS
Bellarabi wins the ball in the middle of his own half and spies a path to the Atleti goal. He sprints forward, jinking past two tackles, but just as it looks like Leverkusen can go three on two, Thomas slides in to nick the ball off his toe as Bellarabi is about to pass. A crucial intervention there.
70' ON COMES MORATA
Atleti coach Simeone uses his last throw of the dice to make an attacking change with his final substitution, bringing on Alvaro Morata for Koke in a bid to force the win.
66' WEISER BLAZES OVER
Lovely one-touch play from Amiri, Havertz and Baumgartlinger on the edge of the Atleti box and eventually the ball is worked to the right to Weiser. He tries his luck with a speculative shot, but it's always rising and whizzes harmlessly over.
64' BRILLIANT SAVE BY HRADECKY
Lemar's beautifully disguised pass finds Herrera in space on the edge of the Leverkusen box. He takes it on the bounce and tries to lob Hradecky, who dives at full stretch to tip it over the bar.
62' LEMAR FOR CORREA
Atleti bring of Correa, who's been largely anonymous so far, and bring on Lemar.
61' VOLLEY FROM FELIPE!
Lars Bender gives away a free-kick wide on the right and it's whipped in towards the penalty spot by Koke. Felipe gets to it first and volleys a shot towards goal, but it's blocked before Hradecky needs to make a save.
58' DANGEROUS FROM ATLETI
Trippier finds himself in acres of space on the right for the first time this game and delivers a teasing ball into the box. Diego Costa gets a glancing header on it, but it bounces wide of the far post.
56' AMIRI JUST OVER
Demirbay's corner from the right is headed clear, but only as far as Amiri, who is about 10 yards outside the Atleti penalty area. He controls it on his chest, but the ball just won't come down quickly enough and he snatches at his shot under pressure, fizzing an effort over the bar.
53' KOKE BOOKED
The Atleti midfielder is shown a yellow card for a hefty challenge on Havertz, who appears to be being targeted this half. It's the second or third time he's been on the receiving end of a strong tackle.
51' CAGEY RESTART
Most of the action is taking place in a crowded midfield, with the teams largely cancelling each other out. Neither has made any significant inroads into the other's half yet.
Lars Bender beats Saul to a high ball from the left that's swung into the Leverkusen box. He takes a scrape down his Achilles for his troubles from the Spain midfielder as he lands, but is OK to continue.
The hosts get the ball rolling again!
It's largely been a game of cat and mouse in the first 45 minutes, with no clear-cut opportunities at either end and only sporadic half-chances throughout. Leverkusen have enjoyed more possession (56 per cent), completed more passes (281 to 184) and covered more ground (38.6 miles to 37.4), but it's goalless at the break.
45+2' GOOD PACE FROM BELLARABI
The Leverkusen winger shows great determination to beat his marker to a ball on the right, but his cut-back from the byline is plucked out of the air by Oblak.
45' FREE-KICK FOR ATLETI
Lars Bender bundles into Thomas to prevent an Atleti attack from gaining momentum. The home side are awarded a free-kick wide on the right, about 45 yards out. Trippier swings it in, but Hradecky comes off his line to claim it.
41' NO WAY THROUGH
Leverkusen are playing well and not shirking any challenges. Their build-up play is neat, but just needs to be a bit quicker in the final third, as Atleti's well-drilled backline have snuffed out everything so far.
37' LEVERKUSEN KEEP-BALL
Bosz's men stroke the ball around well in midfield and eventually Havertz picks the ball up on the right. He cuts inside his man but is fouled, giving Leverkusen a free-kick in a promising position. It's whipped towards the near post, but Atleti have packed the box and are able to clear.
33' STUNNING FROM AMIRI
The Leverkusen midfielder, who just had to go off for treatment after taking an elbow to the face, sweeps a brilliant ball from left to right to Bellarabi. He has space to run into and gets to the edge of the Atleti area, but opts to try to jink past a defender instead of passing and the move peters out.
30' NICE BREAK FROM LEVERKUSEN
Sven Bender anticipates an Atleti pass inside his own box and immediately finds Havertz. The Germany international skips forward, looking at his options. He plays it out to Bellarabi on the right, but the winger's ambitious attempted crossfield pass to Volland at the back post is cut out. Shame, as there was potentially more in that attack for the visitors.
27' HOSTS SITTING DEEP
Having employed an aggressive high press early in the game, Atleti are now dropping back to the edge of their own penalty area when Leverkusen have the ball, inviting them forward in the hope of being able to exploit the spaces on the counter.
23' IMPRESSIVE FROM AMIRI
Amiri robs Thomas of the ball in midfield, muscling him off it just inside the Atleti half. He immediately spies Volland's run and slides a pass into his path, but the just doesn't quite have the pace to outrun his marker and eventually a free-kick is given against the Leverkusen forward.
20' NO PENALTY
Koke glides forward and his attempted cross bounces off Sven Bender's head. The home crowd appeal for a penalty, wrongly assuming it was a handball.
17' HALF CHANCE FOR ATLETI
Leverkusen struggle to clear an Atleti attack and the ball is flicked through to Correa, who gets a weak shot off under pressure from Tah. Hradecky comes off his line to make an easy save, but spills the ball at the feet of Costa. Fortunately for the goalkeeper, Costa was looking away, so Hradecky is able to pounce on it and breathe a sigh of relief.
14' HERMOSO FOR GIMENEZ
Atleti defender Gimenez signals to the bench that he needs to come off after a seemingly innocuous challenge with Amiri. He's replaced by Hermoso.
11' POSITIVE FORM LEVERKUSEN
A lovely incisive move from the visitors as Amiri releases Volland down the left before scampering forward into the box to receive the return pass. He shoots first-time but his effort is blocked by a defender.
9' BAUMGARTLINGER MISCUES
Leverkusen win a corner on the right and it's played short to Bellarabi on the edge of the area. His mishits his shot but it falls kindly to the unmarked Baumgartlinger, around 12 yards out. The midfielder takes a shot but he's leaning back and the ball sails over.
7' BENDER INTERCEPTS
Neat interplay from the home team on the edge of the Leverkusen area and the ball is played into the feet of Costa, but just as he's shaping to shoot Sven Bender nips and and takes the ball off his toe to clear the danger.
5' FIRST MEANINGFUL ATLETI ATTACK
The hosts get forward well down the left, with Lodi getting to the byline and pulling an inviting ball back into the box. Diego Costa goes down under a challenge and wants a penalty, but the referee waves play on. Eventually it falls to Trippier on the edge of the box, but the England international's first-time hit sails well over the bar.
3' TIKI-TAKA LEVERKUSEN
Just as they did away to Juventus at the start of the month, Leverkusen are building from the back, attempting to play their way out of their own half with neat one-touch passes. Atleti appear to have anticipated this and are committing plenty of men forward to press. Possession is changing hands pretty frequently right now.
Leverkusen get the ball rolling in Madrid!
IN THE TUNNEL
The players are lined up and just awaiting the go from the referee to take to the pitch. It's very nearly go time!
LEVERKUSEN EAGER TO SHOW TRUE COLOURS
Speaking at the club's pre-match press conference yesterday, midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger said he and his teammates are determined to make amends following their disappointing 3-0 defeat against Frankfurt on Friday.
"We're well aware of Atleti's power and quality," said the 31-year-old. "They can be extremely compact before launching a lightning-fast counters, but they can also keep the ball too. We're well prepared on what to expect. We want to show our own qualities in the game and do better than we did against Frankfurt in every area of the pitch."
CORREA UP FRONT FOR ATLETI
Diego Simeone has also sprung a minor surprise by picking Angel Correo to partner Diego Costa up top, with Alvaro Morata among the substitutes. Simeone has also opted for the experience of Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera for the injured Felix.
Bosz has thrown one surprise in his starting line-up, opting to keep Lucas Alario on the bench and starting Karim Bellarabi on the right wing, presumably so that his pace and attacking drive will pin back Saul on that side of the pitch.
Leverkusen will be deprived of three players who would ordinarily be in the starting line-up, with Charles Aranguiz, Leon Bailey and Wendell all absent through injury.
While head coach Peter Bosz has plenty of cover in midfield for the former duo, the loss of Wendell at left-back is a big blow, especially as Daley Sinkgraven - his back-up - is also injured. That could force Bosz into playing Lars Bender in an unfamiliar position.
CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM
Facing a side of Atletico's calibre is undoubtedly a big ask, but Leverkusen have held their own in previous meetings with the Spaniards. The teams have met six times in European competition since 2010, resulting in three draws, two Atletico wins and one for Leverkusen.
Indeed, Die Werkself have drawn on two of their three visits to Atleti, while current squad members Karim Bellarabi, Lars Bender and Wendell were all in the side when Leverkusen beat Los Colchoneros 1-0 in February 2015.
HELLO AND WELCOME
Leverkusen have their backs to the wall ahead of kick-off having lost their first two group games, but they can take heart from encouraging performances in both. Nevertheless, points are a must here, and getting off the mark would be a big boost psychologically.
Atletico: Oblak – Trippier, Gimenez (Hermoso 15'), Felipe, Lodi – Koke (c) (Morata 70'), Herrera, Thomas, Saul - Correa (Lemar 62'), Costa
Unused subs: Adan, Arias, Llorente, Vitolo
Out: Vrsaljko (knee), Felix (ankle), Savic (hamstring)
Coach: Diego Simeone
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, Tah, S. Bender (Dragovic 90'+3), L. Bender (c) – Bellarabi, Baumgartlinger, Demirbay (Alario 84'), Amiri - Volland, Havertz (Paulinho 76')
Unused subs: Özcan, Retsos, Diaby, Pohjanpalo
Out: Aranguiz (metatarsal/thigh), Bailey (torn hamstring), Sinkgraven (thigh), Wendell (thigh
Coach: Peter Bosz
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- Havertz made his 117th competitive appearance for Leverkusen, and sixth in the Champions League. He is still awaiting his first goal in the competition.
- Havertz made his full Champions League debut against Atleti in the 2016/17 round of 16.
- Volland is Leverkusen's top scorer this season with four goals in all competitions.
- Die Werkself have reached the knockout stages in seven of their last eight Champions League campaigns, but are bottom of Group D after three matches.
- Both sides have reached the Champions League final; Leverkusen losing to Real Madrid in 2002 and Atletico to the same opponents in 2014 and 2015. Atletico also got to the European Cup final in 1974, where they were beaten by record Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.