- Category: Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen turned in an impressive performance to open their account in Champions League Group C and leave Benfica staring an early exit in the face.
Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring and Son Heung-min doubled the lead before Eduardo Salvio grabbed one back against the run of play.
But Hakan Calhanoglu swiftly netted another from the penalty spot to hand Leverkusen a 3-1 win and leave Benfica bottom of the group without a point.
Emir Spahic returned for the home side after being suspended for the weekend draw against Freiburg while Wendell also started in defence and Stefan Reinartz played the holding role in midfield.
Julio Cesar began in goal for Benfica and was called into action after five minutes as he saved Son's effort.