Peter Bosz and Bayer Leverkusen failed to reach the Champions League knockout phase on Wednesday. The Germans lost at home with Juventus 0-2, while competitor Atlético Madrid was 2-0 too strong for Lokomotiv Moscow.
Leverkusen had a small chance of hibernating in the Champions League before the last round of play. The Bosz team had to beat Juventus, which had already been placed, and Atlético had to lose points against Lokomotiv Moscow, which had already been eliminated.
With Daley Sinkgraven in the base, Leverkusen was close to Juventus after eleven minutes, where the slightly injured Matthijs de Ligt was missing. A long shot by Moussa Diaby ended up on the pole. Shortly after the break Cristiano Ronaldo found the net for Juventus, but that goal was rejected due to offside.
The Portuguese made his 128th Champions League goal fifteen minutes before the end by tapping a pass from Paulo Dybala, thus putting an end to all the illusions of Leverkusen. In injury time, Gonzalo Higuaín doubled the margin with a shot from the edge of the 16-meter area.
Leverkusen does finish third in group D and enters the second round of the Europa League after the winter break. Atlético is second behind Juventus to the eighth finals of the Champions League.
Atlético already had the perfect opportunity to take the lead in Madrid after two minutes. Kieran Trippier fired another penalty after two minutes, but fifteen minutes later João Félix took advantage of a penalty. Felipe determined the final score early in the second half.
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