Hakan gives Leverkusen slim advantage over Atletico Madrid
BAYER LEVERKUSEN beat last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg last night courtesy of a fine atrike by Hakan Calhanoglu.
The Turkey international scored the 57th-minute winner to set Leverkusen, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, on the way to their first ever win at this stage of the competition.
For Atletico, who were left with 10 men when Tiago was sent off following a second booking in the 76th minute, it was only their second loss in a Champions League away game since September 2013.
The Spanish champions will also be missing key defender Diego Godin for the return leg after the Uruguayan was booked and will be suspended in Madrid.
Leverkusen did not have to wait long for a chance with Atletico's Mario Mandzukic clearing an Emir Spahic effort on the line in the 12th minute.
The Bosnian came closer in the 26th when his thundering drive bounced off the crossbar.
Leverkusen grabbed a deserved lead through Calhanoglu. Karim Bellarabi drew three players on to him before cleverly flicking the ball on for Calhanoglu who lashed the ball into the roof of the net.