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Leverkusen - Atalanta

Europe: Europa League
Leverkusen
BayArenaFull time0-1Attendance: 19.871
Atalanta J. Boga (90)
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Leverkusen trio speak on European exit: "Aggravated beyond measure."

By Peter Vice

The mood was understandably one of frustration after injury-plagued Bayer 04 Leverkusen had to contend with its third loss on the trot and an Europa League exit on Thursday evening. 

Head coach Gerardo Seoane, defender Jonathan Tah, and midfielder Robert Andrich discussed their disappointment afterwards. 

Robert Andrich.
Robert Andrich. Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

The absence of Patrik Schick, Florian Wirtz, and Jeremie Frimpong almost proved a moot point at the Bay Arena on Thursday night. Playing in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 hometown supporters, Germany's red company team certainly had enough opportunities to prevail against Atalanta Bergamo in the second leg of their 2021/22 Europa League round-of-16 tie.


Moussa Diaby squandered an excellent chance to put the home side up 1-0 in the 8th. Diaby would miss a similar short-range chance three minutes after the restart. Kerem Demirbay, Charles Aranguiz, and Mitchel Bakker also couldn't find the precision whilst in promising space.

In the end, die Werkself were made to pay. Gerardo Seaone's men still stood a chance until substitute Jeremie Boga struck the final nail into the coffin. The Frenchman's goal, after a scintillating solo run, ensured that the Italian guests advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

"We had enough chances to score a goal, but weren't coolheaded enough," Seoane rued afterwards, "Those bad 40 minutes in Bergamo [last week] sunk us."

Defender Jonathan Tah, who had been a bit more sanguine after the loss in Italy seven days ago, did try to place a more positive spin on things.

"We played much better than in the first leg," Tah noted, "Especially in the second half. We put a lot of pressure on the opponent and could have scored in many situations. We're very disappointed as more was possible."


Fiery midfielder Robert Andrich, returning from an injury layoff to play the final half hour, wasn't in the mood to mince words.

"We're aggravated beyond measure," the former FC Union Berlin man told his interviewer, "I'm very pissed off that we didn't make it through today. We have to blame ourselves that we couldn't score a goal in those critical moments."


Leverkusen
(3-4-1-2)
1L. Hradecky (C)
4J. Tah
12E. Tapsoba
33P. Hincapié
24T. Fosu-Mensah ↪61
25E. Palacios ↪61
20C. Aránguiz ↪82
5M. Bakker
10K. Demirbay ↪61
19M. Diaby
31A. Adli
Bench
21L. Grill
36N. Lomb
7Paulinho
9S. Azmoun ↩61
13L. Alario ↩82
38K. Bellarabi ↩61
6K. Odilon
22D. Sinkgraven
8R. Andrich ↩61
Atalanta
(3-4-2-1)
1J. Musso
2R. Tolói (C) ↪10
28M. Demiral
6J. Palomino
33H. Hateboer
15M. de Roon
11R. Freuler
77D. Zappacosta ↪79
18R. Malinovskiy ↪65
7T. Koopmeiners
9L. Muriel ↪79
Bench
31F. Rossi
57M. Sportiello
10J. Boga ↩65
20V. Mihăilă
3J. Mæhle
13G. Pezzella ↩79
19B. Djimsiti ↩10
42G. Scalvini
32M. Pessina ↩79
88M. Pašalić

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