STORY: Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday (November 5) that while his side has only a "small chance" of progression in the this season's Champions League, that is all the motivation his team needs ahead of their match with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday (November 6).
In a game that produced a bit of everything, the Rojiblancos lost 2-1 to the Bayern side with Partey netting a rare own goal in the first half as early as the fourth minute.
Atletico would have sealed its place in the knockout stages with a win after Juventus secured a late 2-1 away win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the other Group D game. That goal was assisted by Thomas Partey who enjoyed 90 minutes.More news: Turkish forces, Syrian rebels launch offensive in northern Syria
Charles Aranguiz lofted the ball over from the right and the Ghanaian headed into his own net as he tried to clear.
Bayer Leverkusen continually looked unsafe from corners and nearly scored a third goal from one in the 77th minute, but the ball didn't fully cross the line.
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Tempers started to flare at this point and four players were booked after a brawl broke out at another German corner, before Nadiem Amiri was shown a straight red for a lunge at Santiago Arias. Alvaro Morata pulled one back after three minutes of injury time and was only denied an equalizer by a fine save from Lukas Hradecky in the last play of the game.
Diego Simeone's side fall three points behind Group D leaders Juventus after missing a chance to sew up qualification for the last 16 with two rounds to spare.More news: Mobile teases the cheapest phone plan ever ahead of merger