September 23, 2012
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Andre Schurrle missed a penalty as Bayer Leverkusen were held to a draw by Borussia Monchengladbach at the BayArena.
In the battle of two of Germany's Europa League participants, both of whom drew 0-0 last Thursday, Leverkusen did everything but score more than their opponents, who collapsed after taking an early lead through Patrick Hermann.
Michal Kadlec soon levelled for Leverkusen but they were unable to find a winner in almost 80 minutes of a one-sided game, including Schurrle's penalty miss in the 70th minute.
Gladbach stunned the BayArena with a goal in the third minute scored by Hermann, who was put through expertly by Juan Arango and provided a delightful finish past Bernd Leno with the outside of his boot.
Leverkusen hit back immediately and levelled in the 12th minute when Stefan Reinartz passed the ball to Kadlec and he picked his spot in the far corner of Marc Andre ter Stegen's goal, leaving the Gladbach goalkeeper no chance.
The goal gave Leverkusen more belief and they started to take control of proceedings soon after.
Stefan Kiessling saw a header cleared off the goal-line by Filip Daems, who repeated his heroics to deny Schurrle on the follow-up.
Schurrle missed another opportunity shortly before the break when he shot wide with only Ter Stegen to beat.
It was the same story in the second half with the home side pushing for a second goal and Gladbach relying on Ter Stegen to keep them in the game.
He denied Kiessling in the 56th minute before preventing Lars Bender from putting Leverkusen in front after an hour's play.
It looked like Leverkusen were going to get their second goal when the referee awarded a penalty after Roel Brouwers handled the ball inside the penalty area, but Schurrle sent the spot-kick against the post in the 70th minute.
There were still 20 minutes left for Leverkusen to find a winner, though.
They kept on probing with Ter Stegen saying no every time, denying Sidney Sam in the 80th minute as the Foals somehow managed to hold on to a point.
|Bayer Leverkusen||Borussia Monchengladbach|
|1 Bernd Leno||1 Marc-André ter Stegen|
|21 Ömer Toprak||4 Roel Brouwers|
|4 Philipp Wollscheid||39 Martin Stranzl|
|24 Michal Kadlec||3 Filip Daems|
|20 Daniel Carvajal||24 Tony Jantschke|
|3 Stefan Reinartz||34 Granit Xhaka|
|27 Gonzalo Castro||6 Tolga Cigerci|
|8 Lars Bender||16 Havard Nordtveit|
|11 Stefan Kießling||9 Luuk de Jong|
|9 Andre Schürrle||18 Juan Arango|
|38 Karim Bellarabi||7 Patrick Herrmann|
|33 Michael Rensing||Igor De Camargo 10|
|10 Renato Augusto||Christofer Heimeroth 33|
|6 Simon Rolfes||Mike Hanke 19|
|5 Manuel Friedrich||Oscar Wendt 17|
|18 Sidney Sam||Alvaro Dominguez Soto 15|
|2 Daniel Schwaab||Lukas Rupp 8|
|14 Hajime Hosogai||Alexander Ring 5|
|Sidney Sam for Karim Bellarabi (66)||Igor De Camargo for Luuk de Jong (66)|
|Mike Hanke for Tolga Cigerci (66)|
|Lukas Rupp for Patrick Herrmann (82)|
|Martin Stranzl (54)|
|Tolga Cigerci (57)|
|Granit Xhaka (62)|
|Roel Brouwers (69)|
|· Squads: Bayer Leverkusen | Borussia Monchengladbach|