Chicharito's 100th goal in European club football was not enough for Leverkusen in Monaco. - © © gettyimages / Valerio Pennicino
Chicharito's 100th goal in European club football was not enough for Leverkusen in Monaco. - © © gettyimages / Valerio Pennicino
Bundesliga

Leverkusen held in Monaco on milestone night for Chicharito

Bayer 04 Leverkusen were denied a priceless away win against AS Monaco in a game in which Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez scored his 100th goal in European club football.

AS Monaco 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Goals: 0-1 Chicharito (74'), 1-1 Glik (90+4')

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The lessons learned from the 2-2 draw with PFC CSKA Moskva on Matchday 1, Leverkusen gave virtually nothing away in an encouraging first-half display. Die Werkself hunted in packs when not in possession and moved the ball with tremendous efficiency when they did, and were very nearly rewarded for their sterling efforts late in the half. Chicharito fashioned a yard of space in the Monaco area, but goalkeeper Daniel Subasic got down well to push the ball around his right-hand post.

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Leverkusen's persistence told in the 74th minute when Chicharito headed in a cross from substitute Admir Mehmedi to bring up his 100th competitive goal since moving to Europe from Guadalajara six years ago. Bayer appeared on course for a first win in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage and a first clean sheet in the competition since last term's play-off win over SS Lazio, only for Monaco's Kamil Glik to fire an unstoppable half-volley beyond the reach of Bernd Leno in the fourth minute of added time.

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