Leverkusen overturned a one-goal deficit to beat Lazio 3-0 on the night and secure a spot in the Champions League group stage with a 3-1 aggregate win at BayArena.
- Leverkusen 3 Lazio 0
- Werkself dominate proceedings
- Calhanoglu puts on great display
- Mehmedi and Bellarabi score in second half
- Leverkusen in Champions League draw
Leverkusen started the game knowing they needed to overturn a first-leg deficit and, despite an early scare, dominated proceedings in search of a win on the night and in the tie.
Hakan Calhanoglu was impressive throughout and set the hosts on their way, making the most of some woeful defending from Lazio to open the scoring just before the half-time interval. Admir Mehmedi added a second with a well-taken effort three minutes into the second stanza.
Karim Bellarabi scored the easiest of goals very late on to put Leverkusen's name in the hat for the Champions League group-stage draw.
Coming into the game with a one-goal advantage, Lazio nearly added to their lead early on as Felipe Anderson forced a save from long distance after the ball came clear of a goal-mouth scramble with four minutes on the clock.
Calhanoglou came close to opening the scoring at the other end, as he engineered some space before whistling a fierce long-range effort just wide of the mark.
Die Werkself continued to push for the aggregate leveller and were desperately close to getting the breakthrough as Stefan Kiessling rattled a header off the cross bar from inside the box, before Kyriakos Papadopolous also headed wide from a corner.
Lazio, though, were not without chances of their own and Keita Balde Diao had a decent chance of scoring an away goal with a low effort from a tight angle, only to see the ball turned wide by Bernd Leno.
The hosts finally took the lead on the night on 40 minutes, Calhanoglu slotting home after some poor defending from Lazio, with Ogyeni Onazi's attempted clearance gifting the goalscorer the chance.
Leverkusen took just three minutes of the second half to take the lead in the tie, Mehmedi pouncing on a well-weighted Kiessling pass before emphatically firing past Etrit Berisha.
Calhanoglu continued to impress and had another effort saved on 53 minutes, but the rebound fell straight to Lars Bender, who lashed a fierce effort at goal. Berisha came up trumps, however, and tipped the ball over the bar.
Bellarabi came close to adding another to the scoreline in the 66th minute, but his curled effort from the left took a deflection off the defender and dribbled agonisingly wide of the far post.
Lazio's chances of getting a result in the tie took a blow on 68 minutes after Mauricio was sent off for an early shower for a second bookable offence after bringing Kiessling down in the final third.
And the hosts secured their place in the group stage of the Champions League when Bellarabi put the game beyond reach, easily tapping in after some great work by Julian Brandt on the counter-attack.