SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen cemented their place at the top of their Champions League group with a 2-1 win at Saint Petersburg on Tuesday thanks to Son Heung-Min’s superb second-half goals.
The South Korean striker got the second-half breakthrough Bayer needed after an unconvincing first 45 minutes when he shot into the top right-hand corner on 68 minutes.
The 22-year-old then added his second five minutes later at Zenit’s Petrovsky Stadium when he held off the Russian defence after striker Stefan Kiessling had won back possession.
The Korean star showed plenty of poise in front of goal before coolly slotting his shot past goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin.
Zenit scored a late consolation goal when substitute Jose Rondon netted in the 89th minute after fellow substitute Aleksandr Ryazantsev lofted his pass over the Bayer defence to the feet of the Venezuela striker.
The hosts’ goal sparked a frantic final five minutes as Zenit threw everything into attack in a bid to salvage a point.
It left space at the back and Leverkusen’s Australian substitute Robbie Kruse almost scored with his first touch as Bayer held on for the three points. The Russians certainly had the better of the first-half chances, while Leverkusen barely tested the Russians defence in the opening half an hour.