Hakan Calhanoglu’s second half stunner rocked 10-man Atletico Madrid and gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 first leg lead in the last-16 of the Champions League.
The Turkey international’s wonderful strike proved enough to separate the sides at the BayArena, with Karim Bellarabi instrumental in the build-up.
Leverkusen threatened in the first half and saw Emir Spahic denied on two occasions, but they were grateful to Bernd Leno for making two
late saves to keep the score level.
Tiago was sent off for two bookable offences late on to heap more misery on Atletico, who failed to score for their second successive
Champions League game.
Roger Schmidt’s side will take a narrow advantage to Spain for thesecond leg on March 17, knowing another clean sheet will see them
through to the quarter finals..