Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | ePaper
Lokomotiv beat Leverkusen thanks to goalkeeper's error
AFP, Germany :
Lokomotiv's Joao Mario (center) challenges for the ball with Leverkusen's Kevin Volland (right) during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow at the BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany on Wednesday.
A blunder from Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky handed Lokomotiv Moscow a 2-1 win over the German side in the Champions League on Wednesday.
With the score tied at 1-1, Hradecky sent a pass straight to Lokomotiv midfielder Dmitry Barinov, who promptly scored.
Lokomotiv had taken the lead through Grzegorz Krychowiak in the 16th minute before Leverkusen leveled when Charles Aranguiz's shot took a deflection off Benedikt HÃ¶wedes and was ruled an own goal.
The defeat is a big blow for Leverkusen, which had been widely considered more likely than Lokomotiv to challenge Juventus and Atletico Madrid for the qualifying places in Group D.
It was Lokomotiv's first Champions League away win since 2002 thanks to the Russian club's poor away record last season and a long gap in Champions League appearances before that.