- Leverkusen take early lead through Volland.
- Natcho penalty ties the game.
- Draw enough to take Werkself through, after Tottenham lose in later game.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen qualified for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after their draw away to PFC CSKA Moscow was followed by defeat to Monaco for Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals: 0-1 Volland (16') 1-1 Natcho (75')
Leverkusen were largely in control before the break and they took a grip on proceedings when Kevin Volland seized upon some slack defending by the Russian side. A free-kick found Kevin Kampl on the right, and his precise, chipped pass to Volland, in yards of space, gave the striker time to finish clinically from six yards out. CSKA looked dangerous on the break, but Leverkusen had the ball in the net again before half-time, only for Ömer Toprak’s effort to be disallowed for offside.
CSKA thought they had equalised early in the second half, but again a goal was ruled out, this time for a dangerous overhead kick by Bebars Natcho that connected with Jonathan Tah. Hakan Calhanoglu went close for Leverkusen, curling a free kick wide, while keeper Bernd Leno kept his side ahead by taking the pace off an Aleksandr Golovin shot and then grabbing just short of the goal-line. But CSKA’s intensive pressure paid off when Benjamin Henrichs brought down Mario Fernandes to give away a penalty that Natcho drove home low to Leno’s right. Volland struck the post with a curling shot late on, and while Leverkusen were disappointed not to have won, but was a battling display that stands them in good stead for Saturday’s clash with FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena.
Man of the match
Kampl's pinpoint delivery for Volland's goal was typical of creative, controlled display that came close to earning the three points it deserved.
Coach Roger Schmidt's side are still to taste defeat in the Champions League this season, but will be frustrated that their lead, held in a gritty fashion for an hour, could not be held on to.
- Volland's goal was his first in European football.
- Leverkusen edged the tackle count, 53 percent to Moscow's 47.
- With an average age of 23 years and 346 days, Leverkusen's starting lineup was their youngest-ever in the Champions League.
CSKA: Akinfeev (c) – Fernandes, A. Berezutskiy, V. Berezutskiy, Shchennikov – Wernbloom, Dzagoev (Traore 83') – Milanov, Natcho, Golovin - Chalov (Strandberg 90')
Coach: Leonid Slutsky
Leverkusen: Leno – Jedvaj, Tah, Toprak (c), Henrichs – Volland, Aranguiz, Kampl (Mehmedi 90'), Brandt (Havertz 70') – Calhanoglu, Chicharito (Baumgartlinger 81')
Coach: Roger Schmidt