Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Atletico Madrid 1


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Germany international striker PATRICK HELMES (left) of Bayer Leverkusen, who leads the Werkself with four goals in the UEFA Europa League this season, and Atletico Madrid defender JUAN VALERA battle for the ball on the snow-covered pitch at the Bay Arena in North Rhine-Westphalia. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
12/16/2010

1 – Bayer Leverkusen (GER) ——— Helmes 69′
1 – Atletico Madrid (SPA) ————- Merida 72′

BAYER LEVERKUSEN continues its UEFA Europa League campaign unbeaten with the 1-1 draw against Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid — the Bundesliga’s second place side finished first in Group B with three wins from six matches.

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(Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)
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20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen reserve goalkeeper FABIAN GIEFER (36) collects the ball safely ahead of Atletico Madrid’s 22-year-old Argentina World Cup reserve striker SERGIO AGUERO (10), who cost a reported 23.0 million Euros when purchased from South American club CA Independiente in May of 2006, at the Bay Arena. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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BAYER LEVERKUSEN : Giefer – Castro (da Costa 46′), Schwaab, Hyypia, Vida – Bender (Vidal 88′), Balitlsch – Kaplan, Renato Augusto (Kiessling 46′) – Jorgensen, Helmes

ATLETICO MADRID : De Gea – Valera, Perea, Dominguez, Filipe – Assuncao, Suarez (Tiago 84′) – Garcia, Simao (Merida 71′) – Forlan (Costa 67′), Aguero

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Bayer Leverkusen midfielder HANNO BALITSCH (14) clears the ball away from Uruguay World Cup striker DIEGO FORLAN, for whom Atletico Madrid paid a transfer fee of 21.0 million Euros to CF Villarreal in June of 2007, as the snow falls at the Bay Arena in western Germany. (Frank Augstein/AP)

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