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Sidney Sam gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-4 Bayer Leverkusen.Lars Bender provided the assist for the goal.
Sidney Sam scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen.Simon Rolfes provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cristian Villagra by Gonzalo Castro. Gonzalo Castro goes into the referee's book. Denis Oliynyk restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Stefan Kiessling from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Simon Rolfes takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Disljenkovic. Inswinging corner taken by Gonzalo Castro.
Eren Derdiyok goes off and Stefan Kiessling comes on.
Effort from the edge of the box by Eren Derdiyok goes wide of the left-hand post.
(Bayer Leverkusen) makes a substitution, with Simon Rolfes coming on for Soares Renato Augusto.
Freda Taison concedes a free kick for a foul on Soares Renato Augusto. Direct free kick taken by Stefan Reinartz.
Gonzalo Castro finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen.
Unfair challenge on Vinicius Fininho by Soares Renato Augusto results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Vinicius Fininho.
The ball is swung over by Gonzalo Castro.
Jonathan Cristaldo goes off and Volodymyr Lysenko comes on.
Gonzalo Castro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vinicius Fininho. Direct free kick taken by Vinicius Fininho.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Blanco by Stefan Reinartz. Direct free kick taken by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier.
Eren Derdiyok takes a shot. Vladimir Disljenkovic makes a save.
Jonathan Cristaldo concedes a free kick for a foul on Michal Kadlec. Direct free kick taken by Michal Kadlec.
Gonzalo Castro takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vladimir Disljenkovic.
Sergey Valyaev takes a shot. Blocked by Domagoj Vida. Corner taken by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier from the left by-line played to the near post.
Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier fouled by Arturo Vidal, the ref awards a free kick. Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. Arturo Vidal booked for unsporting behaviour.
Eren Derdiyok has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Andriy Berezovchuk concedes a free kick for a foul on Gonzalo Castro. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalo Castro.
Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier takes a shot. Save made by Rene Adler.
The ball is swung over by Cristian Villagra, blocked by Gonzalo Castro. Outswinging corner taken by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier from the right by-line played to the near post.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sidney Sam. Free kick taken by Vladimir Disljenkovic.
The referee penalises Freda Taison for handball. Freda Taison shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Domagoj Vida.
Soares Renato Augusto takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Vinicius Fininho.
Gonzalo Castro comes on in place of Hanno Balitsch.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Arturo Vidal misses to the left of the target.
Vinicius Fininho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lars Bender. Free kick crossed by Soares Renato Augusto.
Unfair challenge on Milan Obradovic by Sidney Sam results in a free kick. Freda Taison takes the direct free kick.
Soares Renato Augusto takes a shot. Save made by Vladimir Disljenkovic. Michal Kadlec takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Soares Renato Augusto, clearance by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier.
Freda Taison produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
Soares Renato Augusto concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Blanco. Freda Taison produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Jonathan Cristaldo misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Soares Renato Augusto, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Manuel Friedrich goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside against Freda Taison. Rene Adler takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Freda Taison by Arturo Vidal. Booking for Manuel Friedrich for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Sergey Valyaev.
Denis Oliynyk concedes a free kick for a foul on Domagoj Vida. Michal Kadlec crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Milan Obradovic is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
Goal scored by Eren Derdiyok from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen.Hanno Balitsch provided the assist for the goal.
Sidney Sam produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Arturo Vidal concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Cristaldo. Free kick taken by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier.
Lars Bender fouled by Ribeiro Cleiton Xavier, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Eren Derdiyok, Soares Renato Augusto takes a shot. Vladimir Disljenkovic makes a save.
Effort from 18 yards by Eren Derdiyok. Save by Vladimir Disljenkovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Blanco by Hanno Balitsch. Andriy Berezovchuk replaces Sergei Pshenichnikh. Direct free kick taken by Cristian Villagra.
Michal Kadlec delivers the ball, Milan Obradovic manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Arturo Vidal on Freda Taison. Vinicius Fininho takes the free kick.
Freda Taison is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Rene Adler.
Heynckes wary ahead of Metalist Kharkiv clash
Bayer Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes has warned his team they cannot expect to dominate their Europa League last-32 tie against Metalist Kharkiv.
The Bundesliga high fliers will be seen as overwhelming favourites going into the clash with the Ukrainian outfit, particularly after topping Group B with an unbeaten record.
But Metalist's last two home games in Group I ended in 2-1 wins over Sampdoria - whom they also eliminated at this stage of the 2008-09 UEFA Cup - and Debrecen.
They also won 5-0 in the away fixture against the Hungarians, adding to a record of six wins and only two defeats in 12 European away games under coach Myron Markevich.
And Heynckes insisted: "Metalist Kharkiv are equal opponents and have a team with top quality.
"European Cup games are something special for both teams. They are the cream puff in football."
The Werkself will be without star midfielders Michael Ballack and Tranquillo Barnetta, who are both recovering from knee injuries, and back-up goalkeeper Fabian Giefer due to a pulled stomach muscle.
Germany defender Manuel Friedrich, one of only two confirmed starters as Heynckes delays the announcement of his line-up, admits the temperature of minus 10 degrees which greeted them on their arrival in Ukraine was a culture shock.
"You don't play 90 minutes very often in these temperatures," he said. "That won't make it any easier."
Metalist lie third in the Ukrainian Superliga, which has seen no activity since late November.
And Brazilian striker Tyson told the club website: "We have to quickly find our form, we have had a lot of practice matches."
The 23-year-old is encouraged by his link-up with Argentinian Kristaldo Blanco in attack as the club's South American contingent continues to grow.
He said: "I get on well with them. They are good guys and have helped me to adapt."
Sam puts Leverkusen in command
Sidney Sam's two goals at the death ensured Bayer Leverkusen will bring a commanding lead back to Germany for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 clash.
Eren Derdiyok put them ahead at half-time and Gonzalo Castro made it 2-0, but Metalist Kharkiv remained in the game after an improved second-half showing.
But Sam had other ideas and left the Ukrainians with a mountain to climb next week.
Derdiyok's overhead kick was the first effort of note, Vladimir Disljenkovic confidently fielding the shot.
The goalkeeper was equally untroubled as Renato Augusto looped a header goalwards from Derdiyok's free-kick and Sam then shot wide before Derdiyok made it 1-0.
Hanno Balitsch was the provider, squaring the ball from the left for the Switzerland striker to slot home from close range after 22 minutes.
Manuel Friedrich headed Renato Augusto's corner over the bar before Metalist's first attempt at goal saw Jonathan Cristaldo fire wide from long range.
Taison smashed a free-kick into the wall but was much closer two minutes later, his left-footed effort from an angle hitting the upright and bouncing to safety.
Disljenkovic turned Renato Augusto's 25-yard shot around the post and Arturo Vidal was off target as half-time arrived with no further score.
Metalist's Cleiton Xavier warmed the palms of visiting goalkeeper Rene Adler early in the second half before Derdiyok again shot wide.
Sergey Valyaev did likewise at the other end and Gonzalo Castro tried his luck from 20 yards but found Disljenkovic safely behind the shot.
A superb effort from Derdiyok was parried away by Disljenkovic but Bayer were not to be denied as Gonzalo Castro's six-yard finish doubled their lead in the 72nd minute.
Derdiyok fired wide of the left post, Simon Rolfes was denied by the feet of Disljenkovic - without whom the scoreline could have been even more one-sided - and Stefan Kiessling shot wide.
Sam had the final say, though, as he tucked away left-footed after being set up by Rolfes in the last minute and then finishing from the edge of the box after latching onto Lars Bender's through-ball.
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