Leverkusen beats Monaco 3-0 in Champions League
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen finally scored from a penalty this season, although it needed help from the opposing goalkeeper, in a 3-0 victory over Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Both teams were already assured of advancing to the Round of 16 before the final Group E matches and Monaco fielded a youthful side missing many regulars. Monaco finished on 11 points, one more than Leverkusen, which for the first time ended a group stage undefeated.
Leverkusen has missed four penalties in the Bundesliga and three in the German Cup this season. It earned another when Abdou Diallo brought down Robbie Kruse late in Wednesday's match.
Left back Wendell took the spot kick and drove the ball against the underside of the crossbar. The ball hit the back of goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and bounced into the net as an own goal in the 82nd.
By then, Leverkusen was already in control of the game. Vladlen Yurchenko, making his comeback after a broken leg, drove in from about 25 meters (yards), finding the upper corner with a sublime shot in the 30th minute.
Julian Brandt doubled the lead in the 48th after a pass from Hakan Calhanoglu.
The closest Monaco came was when Corentin Jean hit the post in the 57th-
Leverkusen's defender Aleksandar Dragovic was unlucky not to score when his header was cleared off the line by De Sanctis.