Lev­erkusen seal first win over Monaco in six

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LEV­ERKUSEN: Bayer Lev­erkusen earned a first Cham­pi­ons League win over Monaco at the sixth at­tempt yes­ter­day, seal­ing a 3-0 vic­tory with both sides al­ready through to the knock-out stages.

A first-half strike from Vladlen Yurchenko, a well-worked goal by Ger­many winger Ju­lian Brandt and a late own goal by Monaco goal­keeper Mor­gan de Sanc­tis sealed the win at the BayArena. Re­gard­less of the re­sult, Monaco progress as Group E win­ners, a point ahead of Bayer, who are in the last 16 at the ex­pense of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

Lev­erkusen took a de­served lead on the half hour mark thanks to Yurchenko’s su­perb curl­ing long-range shot from just out­side the area. It was the 22-year-old Ukrainian’s first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son hav­ing suf­fered a hair­line leg frac­ture in Septem­ber. Lev­erkusen dou­bled their lead three min­utes af­ter the break.

Brandt fin­ished off a flow­ing move as he floated his shot over De Sanc­tis af­ter be­ing played into area by Hakan Cal­hanoglu. Aus­tralian winger Rob­bie Kruse came off the bench to win a penalty for Lev­erkusen when he was fouled in the area. Brazil­ian left-back Wen­dell hit the cross­bar with the spot kick, but the ball bounced in to the net off De Sanc­tis on 82 min­utes.

It was a bit of luck for Lev­erkusen, who had failed to con­vert all four penal­ties awarded in the Bundesliga this sea­son. Lev­erkusen fin­ish the group stages un­beaten with two wins and four draws.

This was the first time French league side Monaco have lost to Lev­erkusen

af­ter three wins and two draws in pre­vi­ous meet­ings. The Ger­mans avenged their 1-1 at Monaco in Septem­ber when they were de­nied vic­tory when Kamil Glik equalised for the hosts in the 94th-minute.

— AP

TURIN: Ju­ven­tus’ Gon­zalo Higuain scores a goal dur­ing the Uefa Cham­pi­ons League group H soc­cer match be­tween Ju­ven­tus and Di­namo Za­greb at the Ju­ven­tus sta­dium in Turin, Italy, yes­ter­day.

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