Bayer Leverkusen were the Champions League dropouts in this tie, finishing third in Group B behind Porto and Club Brugge. A fairly even group at the start, Leverkusen seriously underwhelmed with just five points from their six matches, winning one. That one victory would prove crucial though as it allowed them to finish above Atletico Madrid on head-to-head.
Back in the Europa League for the fifth consecutive season, Leverkusen’s return hasn’t gone to plan so far, being on the wrong end of a thrilling 3-2 scoreline. After going 1-0 down, Leverkusen had turned things around to 2-1 by the hour mark but eventually lost thanks to Axel Disasi’s injury-time winner. And history isn’t on Leverkusen’s side, with the Germans being eliminated from all 11 previous two-legged knockout ties in major European competitions after losing the first leg at home.
On the other side of this tie, Monaco also have a brilliant record when winning the first leg of a two-legged knockout tie in major European competitions away from home, advancing on all 10 of the previous occasions. However, a home defeat is what cost Monaco direct passage to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Placed in an interesting group alongside Trabzonspor, Red Star Belgrade and Ferencvaros, Monaco finished level on points with the latter. But the Ligue 1 side dropped to second on head-to-head having lost to Ferencvaros at home and only drawn the away fixture.
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Monaco vs Bayer Leverkusen match stats
Bayer Leverkusen have missed Florian Wirtz this season and his return from injury post-World Cup was a welcome one. Eased back into the action, Wirtz already has three assists in six Bundesliga games for Leverkusen and also scored when starting against Monaco last week. Overall, since the start of the 2020/21 season, Wirtz has been directly involved in 12 Europa League goals, scoring six and providing a further six assists.
Despite being on the wrong end of the 3-2 scoreline, Leverkusen were constantly putting the Monaco defence under pressure. Overall, the German side had 17 shots in the first leg with eight hitting the target.
16 February 2023 – Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Monaco – Europa League
7 December 2016 – Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Monaco – Champions League
27 September 2016 – Monaco 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League
26 November 2014 – Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Monaco – Champions League
16 September 2014 – Monaco 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen – Champions League
Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen have met each other seven times in competitive action, with the first six coming in the Champions League. The principality club have dominated this fixture with four wins including in last week’s first leg.