Rapid Vienna 0 - 4 Bayer Leverkusen

Match info: Europa League - Group K at Gerhard-Hanappi Stadium

Date: 25/10/2012 KO: 18:00 Ref: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes Att: 44,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Rapid Vienna

0
vs
4

Leverkusen

Phillipp Wollscheid 37
Gonzalo Castro 56,90+2
Karim Bellarabi 58

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: October 25 2012, 20:20 BST

Bayer Leverkusen retained top spot in Group K of the Europa League with a convincing victory over struggling Rapid Vienna at the Ernst Happel Stadion.

Philipp Wollscheid is mobbed after giving Leverkusen the lead
Philipp Wollscheid is mobbed after giving Leverkusen the lead

Philipp Wollscheid gave the German outfit a half-time lead and then two goals in three minutes just before the hour mark from Gonzalo Castro and Karim Bellarabi ended the match as a contest.

Castro then notched his second in stoppage time to put the icing on a victory that lifts Leverkusen on to seven points and keeps them narrowly ahead of Metalist Kharkiv in Group K.

Rapid, meanwhile, are still rock-bottom and searching for their first point after suffering a third successive defeat.

There was little to separate the sides in the opening half-hour in the Austrian capital but Leverkusen enjoyed a spell of domination in the lead-up towards half-time, during which they took a 37th-minute lead through Wollscheid.

Castro swung over a corner from the right and defender Wollscheid's free header was too powerful for Rapid goalkeeper Lukas Konigshofer to keep out.

After failing to produce much to trouble visiting keeper Bernd Leno in the first half Rapid sought to strengthen their attack at the break, sending on striker Terrence Boyd for defensive midfielder Markus Heikkinen.

However, Boyd barely had a chance to make an impact before his side found themselves 3-0 down.

Castro doubled Leverkusen's lead in the 56th minute following a one-two with Lars Bender and then two minutes later Bellarabi added a third after picking up a pass from Stefan Kiessling and firing through Konigshofer's legs.

Leverkusen almost added a fourth moments later but Bellarabi was unable to finish off a good chance, although the Rapid defence was breached once more before the end when Castro slotted home from 12 yards out.


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