Coach Roger Schmidt sacked by Bayer Leverkusen after Dortmund thrashing

Marco Reus will miss Borussia Dortmund's Champions League last-16 second leg against Benfica after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's 6-2 hammering of Bayer Leverkusen, coach Thomas Tuchel revealed. The club said a successor will be named "soon".

Saturday's 6-2 thrashing at the Westfalenstadion proved to be the final straw for the Leverkusen board and they confirmed his dismissal via Twitter.

"In view of the current sporting development, we have come to the conclusion that a separation is painful, but unavoidable, for the further development of Bayer 04", managing director Michael Schade said in a statement on Sunday.

"I personally regret this a lot because we have Roger Schmidt to thank for a great deal".

Schmidt, who took charge in July 2014, was dismissed after three straight defeats in all competitions and with Leverkusen mired in mid-table. "In his time we qualified three times for the Champions League group stage".

Leverkusen will be looking to get their season back on track without Schmidt on Friday when they host Werder Bremen, before looking to overturn a 4-2 Champions League first-leg defeat against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. "It is extraordinary for us to score six goals in such a match".

  • Julie Sanders