Atleti lost at BayArena on Wednesday as Bayer Leverkusen secured a 2-1 home win. Morata scored our goal to make it five in five matches for the Spaniard.
Both sides tried to attack the opposition in the opening minutes of the game, although neither team did so efficiently. The best chances of the first half hour came from outside the box, as Volland and Saúl tried their luck but were unable to convert. But Bayer Leverkusen began to collect corner kicks in the last few minutes of the first half. First Felipe headed backwards a delivery from the left side and the ball struck the crossbar, and just before we reached the break it was Thomas who was unable to clear a cross from the right corner and the ball ended in the back of Oblak’s net.
It was tough to take, but Atleti regrouped and Simeone made the first substitution of the game after the break as Lemar came on for Lodi. But things got even worse a few minutes later when Volland doubled his side’s lead. The goal came from another cross, this time from the right wing, which the German controlled and then struck past Oblak. Simeone reacted by bringing Vitolo on for Costa, and we had two good chances to pull one back immediately afterwards. Lemar was protagonist both times, the first by taking a free-kick that was saved by the keeper, and then by setting Correa up in style, but the Argentine was unable to score. Saúl then had a chance from our header which was saved by the keeper.
Simeone made his last substitution of the match 70 minutes in as Correa made way for Herrera. Atleti really started playing well and putting the home side under pressure, and Morata had a goal disallowed for being just offside. We pushed until the end and created several good chances to score and managed to do so in the 94th minute through Morata. We pulled one back with one minute to go, and the Spaniard had another great chance to equalise, but the keeper saved his shot and our team ultimately lost 2-0 in Leverkusen. Atleti are now second in Group D, four points above Lokomotiv Moscow and the Germans.