Son Heung-Min and Bayer Leverkusen will be pleased to have claimed a superb win over opponents Atletico Madrid today at the Bay Arena. Let’s get to the roundup.
Statistics show that Atletico only completed 58% of their passes, which is the lowest percentage in a Champions League game this season. They have also conceded their first goal of the CL season. Bayer managed to keep 66% of possession throughout the entire match. Aggregate score 1-0 via a Calhanoglu goal in the 57′. Second leg will take place in March 17.
Interesting fact from fellow Tavern writer Steve Han: SHM’s pass completion was 93.3% against Atletico compared to his usual 76.3% in the Bundesliga. Definitely to look more forward to.
Roger Schmidt on his win: ” We deserved to win. You could see from the first minute that we wanted to make an impression in the Champions League, to put ourselves in a good position to get through and I think we did that.”
Tavern owner interrupting, here’s Asian Champions League group game matchday 1 results:
Good come from behind victory for Suwon, however K-League teams combined for only 4 points thus far. We’ll update this ACL section soon with video highlights…
And other news…
* According to an inside source, the UAE have won the hosting rights for the next AFC Asian Cup in 2019.
* Apparently, the Egypt FA tried to lure Stielike away from Korea to coach the Egypt National Team insead. Sketchy. Thanks to Jae Chee for this news.