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Monaco upsets Leverkusen 1-0 in Champions League

Joao Moutinho gives Monaco a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League

Monaco upsets Leverkusen 1-0 in Champions League

MONACO (AP) -- Joao Moutinho scored against the run of the play as Monaco recovered from a terrible start to beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in their Champions League Group C opener on Tuesday.

Moutinho broke the deadlock in the 61st minute from former Leverkusen striker Dimitar Berbatov's assist as the Bundesliga leaders were made to pay for their profligacy.

Roger Schmidt's side was in complete control and created the best chances but Monaco's defense remained resolute, before Moutinho ended the visitors' unbeaten run in all competitions this season with his first shot on target.

The win gave some respite to Monaco, which lost Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and former France international Eric Abidal over the summer, and has also endured a miserable start in the French league.

Updated : 2021-10-18 12:59 GMT+08:00