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Leno heroics delight Leverkusen boss Hyypia

6 November 2013 00:08

Sami Hyypia praised Bernd Leno's performance in goal in Bayer Leverkusen's 0-0 Champions League draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

The Ukrainians had scored in 31 consecutive campaigns prior to their clash with Leverkusen in October, but the Germans prevailed 4-0 that day to end the streak - and the Bundesliga outfit once again kept out Donetsk at the Donbass Arena to stay second in Group A.

Leno pulled off a string of saves to keep the hosts at bay in the first half, denying Facundo Ferreyra with a particularly impressive diving stop.

Hyypia hailed his side's grit, as well as the Germany Under-21 keeper, and was happy with a point that keeps them in control of their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

"Of course, Bernd Leno played very well today," Hyypia said.

"We fought nicely and a couple of times we were lucky as well. But we had chances to score ourselves.

"Usually you play to win but today a point is OK.

"In the first half we had problems to keep the ball, there we were defending more, but in the second half things got a lot better, then we had a couple of chances as well.

"It now goes on, we will analyse this game and then the work starts anew."

Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes was left frustrated with his team-mates' lack of fluidity in attack and will hope for better when they welcome Manchester United to the BayArena in their penultimate group match on November 27.

He added: "We did not pass the ball quickly enough today.

"They were very aggressive and we could not hold on to the ball and bring it forward.

"It was a defensive battle for us."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
5 November 2013
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
Venue
Donbass Arena (Donets'k)
Attendance
50115

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10 75'
13
23
4
9
14
22

Friday 27 May

16:26
15:46
15:10
15:08
14:49
14:40
14:11
13:50
13:37
13:28
13:28
13:21
13:15
12:55
12:50
12:36
12:27
10:43
10:43
10:42
10:39
10:33
10:19
10:04
09:33
09:27
09:10
08:50
08:24
08:17
07:29
04:56
02:58
01:42
01:37
00:00

Thursday 26 May

23:44
23:02
22:43
22:27
21:22
21:11
20:59
20:54
20:48
19:40
19:35
19:35
19:28
19:11
18:51
17:26
17:09
16:57
16:51
16:43
15:33
14:56
14:28
14:27
13:41
13:19
12:10
11:48
10:51
10:38
10:25
10:08
09:45
09:35
09:08
08:53
08:11
06:17
05:55
04:24
04:24
04:00
03:30
03:29
02:32
02:14
02:09
01:29
01:16
00:29
00:13

Wednesday 25 May

23:51
23:14
22:29
21:40
21:16
21:14
21:02
20:37
20:34
20:00
19:57
19:41
18:55
18:37
18:37
18:30
18:07
17:06
16:53
16:30
16:24
16:23
15:58
15:50
15:09
14:54
14:42
14:34
14:29
14:01
13:44
13:27
13:17
12:54
12:33
11:46
11:03
11:02
10:58
10:37
10:00
09:27
08:57
08:32
08:30
05:24
05:20
04:43
04:40
03:51
03:50
03:22
01:34
01:32
00:56
00:18
00:15

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