Leverkusen faces tough task at Barcelona


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Trailing 3-1, Bayer Leverkusen is facing the formidable task of becoming the first club in nearly three decades to overturn a deficit at Barcelona to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

Barcelona goes into Wednesday's game with a number of injury concerns but is comfortably on course to reach the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season.

The European champions have progressed 31 of 33 times when opening a two-leg series with a victory away from home, and not since a 4-1 loss to Metz in 1984 has the Catalan club failed to close it out at the Camp Nou.

Leverkusen has won three straight league matches and is coming off a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, but the German club hasn't won away from home in Europe in nearly a decade.