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Hernandez strikes as Leverkusen rout BATE

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Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi center and BATE's Ilya Alexievich right challenge for the ball during the Champions League group E soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Bate Borisov in Leverkusen Germany Wednesday Sept. 16 2015. At lef

FC BATE lost 4-1 to Leverkusen at the start of the fifth UEFA Champions League group stage on 16 September, BelTA informs.

Nikolay Signevich will lead the attack for the Belarusian side. Despite Leverkusen' s dominant performance, the Belarusian visitors were able to pull one back just nine minutes later, as Nemanja Milunovic restored parity with a deflected header following a corner, against the run of the game.

Calhanoglu netted a late penalty as the hosts dominated, using their 65 percent possession to fire in 20 shots on goal to BATE's paltry two efforts.

However, a second half brace from Hakan Calhanoglu and Javier Hernandez's first Leverkusen goal ensured the Germans walk awat with three points.

Hernandez's goal was no more than the 27-year-old ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid forward deserved as "Chicharito" justified replacing Stefan Kiessling in Leverkusen's starting line-up with an impressive display.

The second came soon after a low Kevin Kampl shot was pushed away by Syarhey Chernik with Hernandez lurking, as BATE equalised with their first attempt of the game.

Leverkusen missed several guilt edged chances to retake the lead in the first half, the best of which fell to Mehmedi, who found himself one-on-one with the BATE keeper after a magnificent Karim Bellarabi throughball, but somehow slid the ball just wide of the right post.

Leverkusen are top of Group E on three points with Barcelona and AS Roma drawing 1-1 in the other group match.

It did not take long for them to make their ascendancy pay as Javier Hernandez brought the ball down in the box before squaring it to Mehmedi.

Calhanoglu converted from the penalty spot with 15 minutes remaining to put the result beyond all doubt and ensure that Leverkusen got their third consecutive Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

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