2019-20 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage
  • Rifat Zhemaletdinov (11' OG)
  • Sven Bender (54')

Leverkusen beat Lokomotiv 2-0 to keep qualifying hopes alive

Bayer Leverkusen players celebrate after scoring a goal against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League. Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen stunned hosts Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockouts in Group D.

An own goal from Rifat Zhemaletdinov and a Sven Bender volley gave Leverkusen a precious three points, with their hopes of reaching the last 16 bolstered after Juventus beat Atletico Madrid in the later games on Tuesday.

The Germans, who play Juventus on Dec. 11 in their group finale, are third in the standings on six points, with Juve on 10 and Atletico Madrid on seven. The Russians, with just three points from five games, are out of the running.

The Germans survived a strong Russian start and grabbed a lucky lead when a clearance bounced off the leg of Zhemaletdinov for an own goal in the 11th minute.

The Russians had a golden opportunity to level through Anton Miranchuk but Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky palmed his close-range effort wide.

There was nothing lucky, however, about Leverkusen's second goal with Bender thundering in a volley from the left after a superb Charles Aranguiz chip, to seal victory for the visitors, who were without injured in-form midfielder Kai Havertz.