AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen played a thriller of a game in Germany on Tuesday that ended in a 4-4 draw. Roma held a 4-2 lead but failed to hang on for the win.
Leverkusen opened up the scoring early as Javier Hernandez broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 4th minute. Hernandez then made it 2-0 in the 19th minute before Roma captain Daniele De Rossi scored twice to get Roma back in the game. It was 2-2 at halftime, but Roma took the lead through Miralem Pjanic in the 54th minute.
Iago Falque made it 4-2 to the visitors in the 73rd minute and it looked like Roma had the three points in the bag, but Leverkusen fought back. Kevin Kampl pulled the Germans back within one in the 84th minute with a thunderous strike, and Admir Mehmedi tied the game at 4-4 in the 86th minute.
“It really is a shame because this match should have finished differently based on how we played,” Pjanic told asroma.it after the game. “We started the game on the wrong foot with an unfortunate penalty going their way, but then we did really well to bounce back. It really is a shame. You shouldn’t draw games from the situation we were in. We are to blame because we had the match in our hands and we were bossing it out on the pitch. They got a bit lucky to make it 4-3 and then came the equalizer…”
Roma find themselves in last place in Group E with two points after three games. Leverkusen sits in second with four points. In the other game in Group E, Barcelona beat BATE Borisov 2-0. Barcelona tops the group with seven points.