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Opposition Form Report: Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moskva Win Big

The two Champions League clubs break their opponents open for valuable points at the top of their respective tables.

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen (5-1) 1. FC Köln

0-1 KOL: Matthias Lehmann (P 4')
1-1 B04: Karim Bellarabi (26')
2-1 B04: Hakan Çalhanoglu (61')
3-1 B04: Josip Drmić (79')
4-1 B04: Josip Drmić (88')
5-1 B04: Karim Bellarabi (90')

This is one of those matches where the scoreline does not accurately reflect the nature of the match. Bayer Leverkusen did not pick apart Köln until the match opened up three-quarters of the way through, but credit to them for remaining relentless even with Köln reeling. Hakan Çalhanoglu's set-piece strikes was the only punch Leverkusen could give for much of the match, the team lacking ideas to find a breakthrough. Without a player who starts and directs the play, Leverkusen will have to rely on shotgun rounds Karim Bellarabi and Son Heung-Min to break Bayern apart.

Bayer 04 XI (4-2-3-1): Leno – Hilbert, Jedvaj, Spahić, Boenisch – Bender (Rolfes 67'), Castro – Bellarabi, Çalhanoglu (Kruse 83'), Son – Kießling (Drmić 46')

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CSKA Moskva (5-0) Ufa

1-0 CSKA: Bibras Natcho (38')
2-0 CSKA: Zoran Tošić (41')
3-0 CSKA: Zoran Tošić (58')
4-0 CSKA: Seydou Doumbia (60')
5-0 CSKA: Ahmed Musa (88')

For the first match in a very long time, CSKA looked dominant, but playing a three-win Ufa side at home probably helped. Many of their goals came as a result of Ufa's ineptitude and inability to close down the ball. Even so, CSKA has been very good in tight spaces, creating chances with their quick feet and strong acceleration to get the inch they need. They have four matches left until their two-month domestic break, allowing them to push harder towards the finish.

CSKA XI (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev – Mario Fernandes, V. Berezutski, Ignashevich, Shennikov – Dzagoev, Natcho (Cauņa 72') – Tošić (Efremov 67'), Eremenko, Milanov – Doumbia (Musa 62')

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Eintracht Braunschweig (1-0) 1. FC Nürnberg

1-0 EBS: Håvard Nielsen

The rise to promotion continues for Braunschweig, the team putting continuous pressure on reeling Nürnberg to secure a 1-0 victory. Nielsen supplied the only goal, but the attacking remained with Braunschweig throughout the entire match. The back line was active, Marcel Corriea and Ken Reichel wasting no time to help their fullbacks close down the ball. On current form, Braunschweig looks like a tough team to break down, which could provide a much more eventful quarterfinal for Bayern than some in years past.

Braunschweig XI (4-4-2): Gikiewicz – Sauer, Correia, Reichel, Hedenstadt – Korte (Pfitzner 81'), Theuerkauf, Boland, Zuck – Ryu (Bakenga 71'), Nielsen (Kruppke 90')