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Lars Bender concedes a free kick for a foul on Costas Mendrinos. Costas Mendrinos takes the direct free kick.
Garbini Michel concedes a free kick for a foul on Arturo Vidal. Direct free kick taken by Arturo Vidal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michail Sifakis by Michal Kadlec. Michail Sifakis takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Antonio Calvo from the left by-line, Nikos Lazaridis takes a shot. Arturo Vidal makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Juan Carlos Toja misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kristi Vangeli by Michal Kadlec. Michal Kadlec is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Eren Derdiyok comes on in place of Simon Rolfes. Costas Mendrinos fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, clearance made by Stefan Reinartz.
Inswinging corner taken by Peral Javito, Arturo Vidal manages to make a clearance.
Costas Mendrinos replaces Sergio Koke.
Inswinging corner taken by Tranquillo Barnetta, clearance by Sergio Koke.
Arturo Vidal has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Lars Bender is adjudged to have handled the ball. Strike on goal comes in from Peral Javito from the free kick, clearance made by Domagoj Vida.
Manuel Friedrich fouled by Carlos Ruiz, the ref awards a free kick. Rene Adler takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Tranquillo Barnetta from the left by-line, Kristi Vangeli manages to make a clearance.
Simon Rolfes fouled by Ricardo Faty, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Ricardo Faty for unsporting behaviour. Nicolai Jorgensen leaves the field to be replaced by Tranquillo Barnetta. Patrick Helmes has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Kristi Vangeli. Arturo Vidal comes on in place of Hanno Balitsch.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Ruiz on Hanno Balitsch. Direct free kick taken by Stefan Reinartz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hanno Balitsch on Kristi Vangeli. A cross is delivered by Kristi Vangeli, Sergio Koke has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Burak Kaplan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikos Lazaridis. Garbini Michel delivers the ball, Juan Carlos Toja takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Juan Carlos Toja by Hanno Balitsch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ronaldo Guiaro.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Rolfes by Ricardo Faty. Manuel Friedrich takes the free kick.
Carlos Ruiz handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Friedrich.
Hanno Balitsch takes a shot. Ronaldo Guiaro gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicolai Jorgensen on Kristi Vangeli. Michail Sifakis takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peral Javito by Hanno Balitsch. Direct free kick taken by Juan Carlos Toja.
Kristi Vangeli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Helmes. Strike comes in from Michal Kadlec from the free kick, Michail Sifakis makes a save.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Patrick Helmes goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Michal Kadlec gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peral Javito. Juan Carlos Toja takes the direct free kick.
Patrick Helmes takes a shot. Save made by Michail Sifakis.
Garbini Michel produces a cross.
Burak Kaplan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garbini Michel. Free kick taken by Juan Carlos Toja.
Hanno Balitsch produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The referee blows for offside against Garbini Michel. Rene Adler restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Carlos Ruiz offside. Free kick taken by Domagoj Vida.
Peral Javito takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Garbini Michel goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Antonio Calvo fouled by Stefan Reinartz, the ref awards a free kick. Antonio Calvo delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Domagoj Vida.
Sergio Koke takes a shot. Rene Adler makes a save.
Foul by Simon Rolfes on Nikos Lazaridis, free kick awarded. Garbini Michel takes the direct free kick.
Burak Kaplan concedes a free kick for a foul on Garbini Michel. Garbini Michel restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Friedrich by Sergio Koke. Lars Bender restarts play with the free kick.
The referee penalises Simon Rolfes for handball. Direct free kick taken by Juan Carlos Toja.
Burak Kaplan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Calvo. Antonio Calvo restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Lars Bender goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Antonio Calvo. Indirect free kick taken by Rene Adler.
Domagoj Vida gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Calvo. Juan Carlos Toja takes the free kick.
The match begins.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Leverkusen aim to end Aris record
Bayer Leverkusen will be bidding to end Aris Thessaloniki's extraordinary record of not having lost a European fixture at home since 1968 when the two sides meet at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium.
Bayer are unbeaten after two group games in the Europa League while a comeback victory in Wolfsburg at the weekend has fed them with further confidence ahead of the trip to Greece.
Midfielder Simon Rolfes made an impressive comeback from a long-term injury with a hand in all three goals against the Wolves on Saturday and he hopes Bayer can build on the second half in Wolfsburg as they look to make history.
"We are going there to end Aris' home record," he proclaimed in an interview on his club's website.
"Games like this, where you have got to deal with another culture and mentality, are what give spice to European cup matches."
Although Aris have not been beaten on home soil in a European fixture for 42 years, they were beaten comprehensively in front of their own fans last weekend.
However, Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller feels that 4-0 defeat by AEK Athens - already their third reverse in six league matches this season - will make them even more dangerous.
"The Greeks are certainly going to be highly motivated," he said. "Their fans will be demanding revenge for what happened at the weekend."
That result saw Aris drop into a share of fourth in the Greek Super League, six points adrift of league leaders Olympiacos, while with one win and a defeat in Europe, they can hardly afford to drop any more points.
After coming on as a substitute for the final 20 minutes at the weekend, Germany international Rolfes is in line for his first start since January.
Long-term injury absentees Michael Ballack, Stefan Kiessling, Gonzalo Castro and Renato Augusto were not aboard the flight to Greece this morning.
However, Voller says the game nevertheless has all of the ingredients of a classic.
"It's a European cup match played under floodlights in a compact stadium with a great atmosphere - that is what every footballer works for," he said.
Stalemate in Greece extends Aris run
Aris Thessaloniki remained unbeaten at home in UEFA club competition this season by holding Bayer Leverkusen to a lacklustre scoreless draw in Group B of the Europa League.
The Germans remain leaders in the group with five points after three match days while Aris have four points, but neither will take much pleasure from their performance in this game.
Aris extended their unbeaten streak in European home fixtures to 23 matches with 12 wins and 11 draws since making their debut with a 1-1 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup draw against Chelsea in September 1970.
The game started with plenty of effort from both teams but neither could break through the opposing defence for a real goal chance in the early going.
There were very few highlights as Leverkusen had more ball possession but failed to get anything going against the Greeks, who waited for a counter attack.
The first chance of the contest came in the 40th minute with Michal Kadlec's low free-kick getting past the Aris wall but goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis was able to get down in time to push it away from danger.
The second half started much the same as the first until the Greeks had two chances within three minutes with Juan Carlos Toja's long distance shot going wide left in the 55th minute and Koke being fed a through ball before striking past the far left post moments later.
Leverkusen could not find any rhythm in their attack and Aris would only occasionally venture forward, for example with Toja's second long blast in the 78th minute which went just wide right of Rene Adler's goal.
Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes brought on Eren Derdiyok to try and liven things up but the Switzerland international could not bring the German offence into gear.
In the end, the Greek backline of Kristi Vangeli, Ronaldo, Nikos Lazaridis and Michel Garbini stymied one push forward after another and did not let Leverkusen get the ball into the box.
The two teams face off again on November 4 in Leverkusen and the fans can only hope for better fare.
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