Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 to earn first points in UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday.
An own-goal from Thomas in the first half and Kevin Volland’s goal gave Leverkusen small hope of making it to the round of 16.
Nadiem Amiri got a red card at the 84th minute for fouling Atletico’s Santiago Arias, reducing Leverkusen to a ten- man squad.
Eventually, Alvaro Morata scored a late goal for Atletico Madrid and could have equalised with a second had Lukas Hradecky not saved it in the last play of the game.
“It was important to stay compact against a team like Atlético Madrid. We did very well today,” Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said.
Atletico Madrid is second in Group D with 7 points after Juventus who won Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 earlier on Wednesday.
Leverkusen is third and share 3 points with Lokomotiv Moscow who are fourth in the group.
Champions League Group D Standing
|Club Atlético de Madrid||4||2||1||1||7|
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen||4||1||0||3||3|
|FC Lokomotiv Moskva||4||1||0||3||3|