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European Champions League

Bayer Leverkusen 2 - Real Sociedad 1

Bayer: Leno; Hilbert, Wollsheid, Toprak, Boenisch (Emre Can 68'); Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes; Sidney Sam (Hegeler 84'), Kiessling, Son Heung Min (Kruse 67'). 4-3-3.
Real: Claudio Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella; Bergara, Rubén Pardo; Carlos Vela, Zurutuza (Javi Ros 89'), Griezmann (Chory Castro 83'); Seferovic (Agirretxe 67'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 45. Rolfes. Poked shot past Bravo after keeper saved his first header.
1-1. 51. Carlos Vela. Following up after Leno saved from his penalty kick.
2-1. 91. Hegeler. Curled free kick over defensive wall in to top corner of net.

Real Sociedad's promising start to the Champions League is already faltering badly, a last minute 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen leaving them without a point from their first two games. Both keepers were in action early on, Claudio Bravo saving from Son and Kiessling, and Leno keeping out Griezmann and Elustondo. With the first half coming to an end however Rolfes put the German side in front, beating Bravo at the second attempt after the keeper pushed out his header from Sam's cross. Soon after the restart Real were awarded a penalty when Hilbert brought down Carlos Vela in the area, and although Leno saved Vela's spot kick, the Mexican forward poked the rebound back in to the net. Elustondo and Vela wasted chances after that, and Leno had to save again from Griezmann and De la Bella, but Carlos Martínez had to clear an attack off the line with the keeper beaten, and with the game in injury time substitute Hegeler curled a long free kick in to the top corner of Bravo's net to give the locals the three points. The defeat leaves the Basque side at the bottom of their group, and their only hope now is to get something from their upcoming double header against Manchester United, not a comforting thought!