Leverkusen: Schurrle (52') Valencia: Jonas (24')
After one of the poorest first half performances I have ever seen, Bayer Leverkusen wised up and threw themselves a life vest securing the 3 points in their 2-1 win over Valencia.
Unable to have ball stick at their feet Leverkusen flopped around while Ballack complained and Valencia mounted attack after attack. Failing to punish Leverkusen with more than one goal, allowed the Germans to get back in to the game. In actual fact conceding the goal is what kick started them into life and the game continued to fluctuate between attacks from both sides until its resolution.
A sick volley from Andre Schurrle leveled terms to which the roar of the home crowd urged them to push on.
The second came in the form of a gallivanting run from Sidney Sam resulting in him shifting it to his left and hitting a curling shot that rippled the net at the back post.
Unai Emery and Valencia should feel hard done by that they didn't put the game to bed when they had the chance, as now they now sit behind Chelsea and Bayern Leverkusen and in Group E.