Game Report: Europa League, Fixture 6 (Group-stage), Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid 1:1

Bayer Leverkusen finishes unbeaten the group-stage and is the best team defensively in the Europa League with only 2 goals received in 6 games.  Incredible if you look at the line-ups Heynckes has put on the field in most matches.

It was great to see Kiessling back in action, his assist for the Helmes goal crowned his 45 minutes performance.  Danny da Costa seems also to be a great talent, he deserves more chances in the future with the first team.  Giefer continues to impress, he had quite a few good saves and his goal kicks are definitely better than Adler’s lately.

Line-up Leverkusen:
Giefer – Vida,Schwaab,Hyypiä,Castro – L. Bender, Balitsch – Kaplan,Renato Augusto – Jørgensen,Helmes

46 min. da Costa for Castro
46 min. Kießling for Renato Augusto
89 min. Vidal for L. Bender

Line-up Atletico Madrid:
de Gea – Valera,Perea,Alvaro Dominguez,Filipe – Paulo Assuncao,Mario Suarez – Raul Garcia,Simao – Forlan,Aguero

67 min. Diego Costa for Forlan
72 min. Fran Merida for Simao
84 min. Tiago for Mario Suarez

Yellow Cards: Vida (Leverkusen) ; Mario Suarez(Atletico Madrid)

1:0 Helmes (69 min.)
1:1 Fran Merida (72 min.)

Aris vs Rosenborg 2:0

Final Standings
1  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 12 Points
2  Aris Thessaloniki FC 10 Points
3  Club Atlético de Madrid 8 Points
4  Rosenborg BK 3 Points

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Kiessling is back!

Burak Kaplan

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The draw for the Round of 32 and 16 is today at 13:00 (GMT+1) and can be watched over the website or other streaming alternatives on the Internet.

Draw conditions
The round of 32 draw will be made under the following conditions:
• Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other.
• No team can be drawn against the other qualifier from their group.
• The four UEFA Champions League qualifiers with the best record in their group (Spartak, Braga, Ajax, Twente) are placed in a seeding pot with the UEFA Europa League group winners. The other four (Rubin, Basel, Rangers, Benfica) are placed with the runners-up.
• The runners-up and the lowest four ranked UEFA Champions League sides will be at home in the first leg.

Matches will be played on 17 and 24 February 2011 with the Pot 2 teams at home in the first leg.

Round of 16
The draw for the round of 16 will follow once the draw for the round 32 has been completed. There will be no seeded teams. The 16 balls containing slips of paper for ‘Winners of match 1’ to ‘Winners of match 16’ will be placed in the large central bowl and shuffled. The first team drawn will play its first match at home against the second team drawn and the same procedure will then be repeated for the other games. There are no restrictions on the draw. Fixtures will be played 10 and 17 March 2011.

Pot 1
Manchester City FC (ENG)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) 
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
Villarreal CF (ESP) 
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) 
FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 
VfB Stuttgart (GER) 
PSV Eindhoven (NED) 
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) 
Liverpool FC (ENG) 
FC Porto (POR)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)  
SC Braga (POR)
AFC Ajax (NED) 
FC Twente (NED)

Pot 2
KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
BSC Young Boys (SUI)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
Sevilla FC (ESP)
SSC Napoli (ITA)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
Rangers FC (SCO)
SL Benfica (POR)

I will prepare an extensive preview for the match against on Freiburg on Sunday.

4 responses to “Game Report: Europa League, Fixture 6 (Group-stage), Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid 1:1

  1. Metalist…. I’m ok with that!

  2. and then… Napoli or Villareal! NOOOO! 😦

  3. It’s a good draw. I was worried that we play against Sevilla.

    Napoli is manageable. Villareal would be difficult but we have Spain Expert Heynckes as coach 😉

  4. Yes, it’s ok after all…. I was worried that we play against Sevilla too or Benfica.
    Napoli is manageable but its fans are very loud as Aris and Villareal is a very good team.
    but, after all, all the remaining team are somehow good teams so nothing to complain about this draw… 🙂

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