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Bayer Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe paid tribute to an impressive performance as his side overcame their 2-1 first-leg deficit to ease into the Uefa Cup quarter-finals following a 3-0 thrashing of French outfit Lens.

The German side looked to be on the back foot after being beaten in France, but goals by Andrei Voronin, Sergei Barbarez and Brazilian international defender Juan took the game beyond Lens.

"I have to congratulate my team, we played how football should be played," explained Skibbe. "We had a couple of problems in the beginning, but after that we played brilliant. It was a perfect night for us," added Skibbe while his French colleague felt that his side were tired from an exhausting schedule.

"Since a couple of months we have to play in a hellish rhythm. We wanted, but we could not perform and if you are tired you commit unbelievable mistakes. Leverkusen deserved to qualify for the next round," admitted Francis Gillot.