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Hyypia hails Leverkusen belief

11 December 2013 00:14

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia hailed his team's belief after they beat Real Sociedad 1-0 to advance in the UEFA Champions League.

The German side went into the clash at Anoeta needing to better Shakhtar Donetsk's result at Manchester United, and the English champions lent Leverkusen a hand.

United defeated Shakhtar 1-0, while Omer Toprak's second-half strike ensured Leverkusen defeated Sociedad to claim second place in Group A.

Hyypia shared insight as to what he said at the interval with both games locked at 0-0, which involved an accurate prediction.

He said: "I told my players at half-time that we would score a goal from a set-piece today and that we only have to believe in ourselves.

"When I heard that Manchester were 1-0 up in their game, I knew that we didn’t have to risk more than was necessary."

Club captain Simon Rolfes labelled Leverkusen's progression as "very important" but rued missed chances at Sociedad.

He added: "It's very important for us to know that we will play in the Champions League next year. We should have scored a lot more goals.

"We controlled the game in the first half and in the second we applied more pressure. It was a deserved victory."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
10 December 2013
Game week
6
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1

Goals

0 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5
21 49'
26
6 33'
8 13'
13
27 90+5'
10 59'
11
7
Coach: S. Hyypiä

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
9
31
2
4
15
36

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