Champions League: Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United; Manchester City v Viktoria Plzen LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League: Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United; Manchester City v Viktoria Plzen LIVE!


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BY JAMES ORR

Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of tonight's Champions League Group A encounter between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United at the BayArena.

We’ll also bring you all the updates from Group D, where Manchester City take on the group’s whipping boys (with a girl’s name) Viktoria Plzen.

Follow all the latest news and updates below...



    • FT: Bayer Leverkusen 0 Manchester United 5 (Valencia, Spahic o.g, Evans, Smalling, Nani)
    • FT: Manchester City 4 (Aguero pen, Nasri, Negredo, Dzeko) Viktoria Plzen 2 (Horava, Teci)
    • Both City and United now qualified
    11/27/2013 10:32:25 PM

  • Getting straight down to business...here is the United team for tonight.

    De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Giggs, Jones; Valencia, Kagawa, Nani; Rooney.

    Subs: Lindegaard, Büttner, Anderson, Cleverley, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck
    11/27/2013 7:02:52 PM
  • Seems a full house for tonight's United starting XI..




    11/27/2013 7:05:44 PM
  • So what for all these permutations for British clubs to reach the last 16 in the tournament...they are all HERE
    11/27/2013 7:14:46 PM
  • Wayne Rooney leads the line for United tonight, but will he play with fire in his belly? Of course. And it's just how manager David Moyes likes him.

    I want Wayne to have fire in his belly. I think he plays better when he’s tough and aggressive. I think at the moment we’re seeing a really good Wayne Rooney who’s in top form and scoring goals as well

    Read the full article HERE
    11/27/2013 7:19:47 PM
  • And here's Leverkusen, look out for the dangerous Stefan Kiessling

    Leno, Donati, Spahic, Toprak, Can, Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes, Castro, Kiessling, Son. 

    Subs: Lomb, Stafylidis, Wollscheid, Derdiyok, Hegeler, Kruse, Kohr.
    11/27/2013 7:24:21 PM
  • And what for Manchester City...
    11/27/2013 7:30:10 PM
  • Man City: Hart, Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Javi Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko.
    Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Negredo, Jesus Navas, Boyata, Toure, Huws.
    11/27/2013 7:30:23 PM
  • And Viktoria Plzen: Kozacik, Rajtoral, Cisovsky, Prochazka, Hubnik, Petrzela, Horava, Horvath, Duris, Kolar, Tecl. 
    Subs: Bolek, Hejda, Reznik, Wagner, Kovarik, Bakos, Pospisil.
    11/27/2013 7:31:27 PM
  • All eyes on Nasri at the Etihad tonight it seems..

    11/27/2013 7:34:13 PM
  • 1 min: The match kicks off at the Bay Arena, and with echoes of Wilshere from last night, Rooney is through on goal from Kagawa's pass..but he is ruled offside. Nice start from the away team.
    11/27/2013 7:46:49 PM


  • 11/27/2013 7:47:57 PM
  • 3 mins: Kiessling, the man United have been told to fear, takes a shot from the edge of the area, but drags it harmlessly wide.
    11/27/2013 7:48:57 PM
  • Leverkusen look like they've settled for the counter-attack in the early stages, and with history not on United's side..


    11/27/2013 7:53:57 PM
  • 10 mins: Nani tries a back heel in the area, but his trick pass is easily cut out. Again, Leverkusen look to start an attack straight away. Depending on results elsewhere (if Shaktar fail to beat Real Sociedad), Sami Hyypia's team can qualify with a win tonight.
    11/27/2013 7:59:10 PM
  • 15 mins: From the left of the area, Nani cuts in and curls a shot. But his effort goes wide. Best chance of the game so far.
    11/27/2013 8:01:52 PM


  • 11/27/2013 8:02:21 PM
  • 18 mins: Son bends his run from the left wing, and takes a shot from the edge of the area but it is deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Spahic connects, but his header goes over.
    11/27/2013 8:05:42 PM
  • 20 mins: Kiessling charges past Jones and Ferdinand, gets space in the area, but Evans tackles.
    11/27/2013 8:06:58 PM
  • 21 mins: GOAL FOR MANCHESTER UNITED! (Valencia)
    11/27/2013 8:07:16 PM
  • Great counter-attacking move for the United goal, Kagawa wins the ball in the Leverkusen half, plays it to Giggs, Giggs passes out wide to Rooney, Rooney looks up and lofts a cross into the area and Valencia slides in to the open the scoring from six yards. Very important strike from the Ecuadorian
    11/27/2013 8:09:48 PM
  • Giggs was involved in the build up to the goal, of course..

    11/27/2013 8:11:05 PM


  • 11/27/2013 8:11:45 PM
  • 30 mins! 2-0 TO MANCHESTER UNITED!
    11/27/2013 8:15:44 PM
  • United edge closer to the last 16 with after their second goal, Rooney whips in a ferocious free-kick from the left, and in the congested Leverkusen area it hits the defender Spahic and leaves goalkeeper Leno helpless. Fantastic delivery from Rooney from 30 yards, that fire in his belly is there, for sure.
    11/27/2013 8:18:12 PM
  • 33 mins: Uefa have credited the goal to Smalling, one suspects this will change to Spahic own goal soon.
    11/27/2013 8:21:38 PM
  • 35 mins: A quick statistic for you - United have had eight attempts against Leverkusen's one so far at the BayArena, and seven have been on target for Moyes' side. United growing in dominance as the game wears on.
    11/27/2013 8:25:03 PM
  • Over at the Etihad Manchester City have taken the lead, Sergio Aguero scoring from the spot. The Argentine won the penalty too, after his cross hit the arm of defender Rajtoral.
    11/27/2013 8:29:57 PM
  • Half-time in Germany, but a shock before the break at the Etihad, Viktoria Plzen, without a point to their name so far in this season's tournament, have equalised. Midfielder Tomas Horava smashing the ball past the recalled Joe Hart into the top corner.
    11/27/2013 8:36:17 PM
  • A quite brilliant observation from The Independent's Glenn Moore at the BayArena..

    11/27/2013 8:46:17 PM
  • The second half begins...
    11/27/2013 8:46:46 PM
  • 50 mins: Comfortable start to the half from United. Leverkusen's only threat coming from a corner, but Evans wins the ball with ease.
    11/27/2013 8:53:47 PM
  • 57 mins: A lovely pass from Rooney puts Nani in on the left, but he flashes his shot wide across the goal. Great chance to put the game out of Leverkusen's reach there.
    11/27/2013 9:00:53 PM
  • Fans show their support to Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu (unless that is actually him on the right). He is absent from the game with injury, but Real lead 3-1. Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a typically Ronaldo-esque free-kick

    11/27/2013 9:05:26 PM
  • 66 min: GOAL! 3-0 TO MANCHESTER UNITED!
    11/27/2013 9:07:05 PM
  • That must be game-over now. Giggs lofts in a corner, Evra heads on, Rooney's shot is saved, but from close range Evans knocks in the rebound.
    11/27/2013 9:09:07 PM
  • And it's not just Manchester United who have just scored. City go 2-1 up at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Samir Nasri...
    11/27/2013 9:13:52 PM
  • ...but their lead does not last long. Plzen equalise after striker Teci shoots past Hart. Like the first goal, Horava's rocket, Hart had no chance.
    11/27/2013 9:18:06 PM
  • 75 min: GOAL! 4-0 to MANCHESTER UNITED!
    11/27/2013 9:19:16 PM
  • A stroll in the park for United. Donati loses the ball, and Rooney, who been integral to all of the away side's four goals tonight, finds space in the area and dinks the ball across goal past goalkeeper Leno to Smalling, who happily taps into an open net.
    11/27/2013 9:23:06 PM
  • The domino effect continues - after United strike their fourth, City strike their third. This time it is 'The Beast' Alvaro Negredo on hand to put Manuel Pellegrini's side ahead.
    11/27/2013 9:24:57 PM

  • 11/27/2013 9:26:03 PM
  • 11/27/2013 9:27:39 PM
  • 88 min: GOAL! 5-0 TO MANCHESTER UNITED!
    11/27/2013 9:29:40 PM
  • The ball falls to Giggs just inside the Leverkusen half, and his delightful ball over the top is finished sublimely by Nani, who rounds the 'keeper and knocks the ball in.
    11/27/2013 9:31:07 PM

  • 11/27/2013 9:32:08 PM
  • A gallant fight from Plzen is over. Edin Dzeko makes it 4-2 to City at the Etihad.
    11/27/2013 9:34:43 PM
  • FT: While United have progressed looking excellent in their thrashing of Leverkusen tonight - with their biggest Champions League away victory - they could still go through as the group runners-up after Shakhtar Donetsk won 4-0 against Real Sociedad. Only a win for Shakhtar at Old Trafford in the final matchround, however, will see the Ukrainians finishing top of Group A.
    11/27/2013 9:39:34 PM
  • It was a night where everything clicked. Saying that we could have scored more goals but we don't want to be too greedy and to score five goals anywhere in Europe is brilliant
    Giggs words wrap up our coverage - read the rest from the Welshman HERE
    11/27/2013 10:19:03 PM
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