A Complete Shutout That Was Obviously Attack-Oriented

UEFA Europa League 2018/19. Round of 32. First leg. FC Krasnodar (Russia) 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany)

FC Krasnodar (Russia) 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen 04 (Germany)

FC Krasnodar (Russia): Kritsyuk, Petrov, Spajić, Martynovich, Stotsky, Kaboré, Olsson (Suleymanov, 70), Pereyra (Golubev, 80), Wanderson, Claesson, Ignatyev.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany): Hrádecký, Wendell, S. Bender (Dragović, 83), Tah, Weiser, Aránguiz, Brandt, Havertz, Bailey (Alario, 80), Bellarabi, Volland.

Yellow cards: Pereyra, 74 (foul play), Suleymanov, 79 (unsporting behaviour).

Referees: Massa, Tegoni, Peretti, Fabri, Mariani (all Italy).

14 February 2019. Russia. Krasnodar. FC Krasnodar Stadium. Cloudy. 3 degrees. 34 827 spectators.

A home game of the UEFA Europa league Round of 32 against Bayer Leverkusen from Germany became the first match of FC Krasnodar in 2019. The game turned out to be of a head-on character with both teams playing attack-oriented football and performing in a high tempo. The home team had some playing advantage before the half-time, but in the second half Die Werkself dominated the pitch since they could boast obviously better physical conditions. Both teams had solid scoring chances, but their keepers managed to keep the two goals intact, hence a complete shutout was recorded. The clash will be resolved in the second leg game that will be held in Leverkusen in one week.