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Leverkusen fight back to sink Monaco on penalties

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Bayer Leverkusen beat AS Monaco 5-3 on penalties after winning a frantic second leg of their Europa League playoff 3-2 on Thursday to send the game into extra time with the teams locked at 5-5 on aggregate.

Monaco midfielder Eliot Matazo hit the bar in the second round of spot-kicks and winger Moussa Diaby sealed victory for the German side and sent them through to the last 16.

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Leverkusen, who lost 3-2 in the home leg last week, levelled the tie in the 13th minute through midfielder Florian Wirtz after a mistake by Monaco keeper Alexander Nuebel.

Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder equalised six minutes later from the spot, after the hosts earned a penalty for Edmond Tapsoba’s foul on Monaco midfielder Eliesse Ben Seghir.

Leverkusen took the lead again in the 21st minute, when midfielder Exequiel Palacios struck from the edge of the box following a corner and Amine Adli made it 3-1 before the hour mark with a fine header.

Monaco, however, levelled the tie once more through Breel Embolo’s header

Neither team were able to score in extra time but Leverkusen held their nerve in the shootout to win a two-legged knockout tie in a major European competition for the first time after losing the first leg at home.

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