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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

Lineups

Substitutes

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

Friday 29 April

12:45
12:38
12:34
12:16
11:57
11:49
11:40
11:33
11:13
10:57
10:51
10:40
09:59
09:34
09:02
08:52
07:06
05:10
04:47
04:16
03:44
03:41
03:04
02:13
01:55
01:42
01:40
01:19
00:48
00:45
00:14
00:06

Thursday 28 April

23:59
23:51
23:12
23:09
21:35
20:58
20:14
19:41
19:27
19:17
19:00
18:58
18:41
18:29
18:25
18:18
18:14
17:59
17:08
17:00
16:27
15:49
15:38
15:22
15:19
15:13
14:30
14:21
14:00
13:56
13:39
13:37
13:17
13:13
12:45
12:16
12:13
10:46
10:06
09:23
07:18
06:58
06:46
05:45
05:03
04:18
03:54
03:48
03:15
03:09
02:33
02:05
02:05
01:38
01:36
01:18
01:17
00:38
00:37
00:24

Wednesday 27 April

23:56
23:53
23:35
23:22
22:39
22:08
21:21
20:22
19:13
19:01
18:51
18:22
17:11
16:12
16:09
15:53
15:45
15:39
14:29
14:13
14:04
13:27
12:48
12:37
11:30
11:20
10:36
10:14
09:32
09:12
08:10
08:05
07:13
06:33
05:23
04:52
04:45
04:38
04:17
03:52
03:50
03:09
03:03
02:45
01:50
01:46
01:29
01:17
00:49
00:46
00:06
00:00

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