This Thursday, in a UEFA Europa League’s round of 32 game, Bayer Leverkusen capitalized on the homecourt advantage and beat Porto 2-1. This way, the Germans will play for a draw, at Estadio do Dragao, in Portugal.
On the other hand, even though they were defeated in the first 90 minutes, the Dragons need only one goal to qualify. In short, the goals of the clash were scored by Argentine striker Lucas Alario and midfielder Kai Havertz. Colombian midfielder Luis Díaz diminished for the Portuguese side.
The first goal opportunity came only at 24′, for Leverkusen. Thus, after a good exchange of passes down the left, midfielder Nadiem Amiri received at the edge of the area and finished. However, his finish went wide.
Furthermore, the Germans opened the scoring. After a cross from the right, Lucas Alario had a detour on the first post and only had the job of tapping into the nets. 1-0 Leverkusen.
Porto’s response came only at 43′, with a beautiful shot from Colombian midfielder Mateus Uribe. However, Slovakian goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky pulled off a great save to keep the hosts ahead.
After half-time, Leverkusen was awarded a penalty in their first attack, as Porto’s Wilson Manafa brought down Kevin Volland inside the box. Havertz was the taker and wrong sided Argentine keeper Marchesin to double the lead. 2-0 Leverkusen.
At 73′, Porto discounted. In a ball lifted by Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, Cape Verdean striker Ze Luis headed, but Hradecky palmed it away. However, on the rebound, Luis Diaz managed to split and slot home. 2-1.
Following the 2-1 home win in the Europa League, Bayer Leverkusen returns their focus back to the Bundesliga. They will receive Augsburg, on Sunday at the BayArena. On the other hand, Porto will keep on playing at Liga NOS, where they will host Portimonense, at Estadio do Dragao, also on Sunday.