Antonie Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco joined shortly after but couldn’t find an opening; Leverkusen’s defending was some of the best they’ve shown all season. At the other end, Diaby squeezed the ball through Schick, but the Czech international's strike smashed against the woodwork with Hlozek hitting the post on the rebound. The match was seemingly heading for a 0-0 draw, only for the introduction of Jeremie Frimpong to change the game. First, the 24-year-old broke through and cut the ball to Andrich on the edge of the box - the former Union Berlin man curling the ball into the bottom left of Grbic’s goal. Three minutes later, Frimpong grabbed another assist, though credit goes to Schick for winning the ball back deep in his own half. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Frimpong took care of the rest, with the former Celtic man slipping the ball through to Diaby to tap home and seal victory.
2-0 the final score. UEFA Champions League nights are well and truly back at the BayArena. Full-timeA QUICKFIRE DOUBLEIt's two! Schick wins the ball back deep in his half and lays it Hudson-Odoi. He streams down the right, with Frimpong on the overlap before the flying Dutchman sends the ball to the back post for Diaby to finish.
Half-timeCAPTAIN FANTASTICLeverkusen's Lukas Hradecky loves performing in front of the home crowd and has produced some smart stops this evening. © imagoHALF CHANCES GALORELeverkusen are enjoying more possession and more shots than their Spanish opponents so far this evening. That's not to say the visitors aren't without their efforts, but the hosts can be happy with their efforts in the opening half.
The Madrid club have managed just one clean sheet in 22 UEFA fixtures away in Germany (1-0 win vs. Carl Zeiss Jena in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962). This was Atleti’s eighth defeat in Germany in their last nine games. Axel Witsel made 145 appearances for Dortmund, while Matheus Cunha played a combined 92 times for RB Leipzig and Hertha, including three goals against Leverkusen. TeamsLeverkusen: Hradecky (c) – Kossounou, Tah, Tapsoba (Bakker 89’), Hincapie – Andrich, Demirbay – Diaby (Azmoun 89’), Hlozek (Frimpong 69’), Hudson-Odoi (Amiri 90+1) – Schick (Aránguiz 89’)Unused subs: Lomb, Neutgens, Paulinho, Fosu-MensahCoach: Gerardo SeoaneAtletico: Oblak – Felipe, Witsel, Hermoso – Molina (Griezmann 62’), Niguez (De Paul 46’), Llorente, Koke (c), Reinildo (Carrasco 62’) – Felix (Correa 73’), Morata (Cunha 73’)Unused subs: Gomis, Mestre, Kondogbia, Sergio Diez, Alberto Moreno, Marco MorenoCoach: Diego SimeoneAs it happenedIT'S ALL OVER! If there's any team that needed a confidence boosting performance in Europe - it's Leverkusen.
Match statsThese were Leverkusen’s first three points in the Champions League since 26 November 2019. All three of Leverkusen’s three Champions League victories over Atletico have been at the BayArena. Frimpong now has two assists to add to his two goals this season for Leverkusen. Summer loanee Hudson-Odoi was part of the Chelsea side that won the Champions League in 2021, knocking out Atletico in the round of 16.