We suffered our second home defeat in Group E of the Champions League at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, Kevin Kampl scoring the only goal of the game to give Bayer Leverkusen all three points.
The Germans struck 20 minutes into the second half in front of another record crowd of 85,512 but despite the excellent turnout from our supporters, we were unable to find an equaliser.
It was a poor first half from both sides, with neither able to find their rhythm and chances at a premium, although it needed a superb tackle and then subsequent block from Jan Vertonghen to keep out efforts from Julian Brandt and Javier Hernandez respectively.
After the break Christian Eriksen twice went close and Kyle Walker’s excellent burst through midfield ended with him firing just wide before Leverkusen opened the scoring when Kampl benefitted from a deflection to tuck home from close range in the 65th minute.
We applied the pressure in the remaining minutes without really testing the visitors’ goalkeeper Bernd Leno, although Eric Dier went closest when his 25-yard free-kick crashed off the crossbar with eight minutes left.
But the equaliser just wouldn’t come and the result means Leverkusen climb above us in the group with six points, while we stay on four from our four games so far.
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