Following a 0-0 draw at Red Star Belgrade, Bayer 04 secure a convincing 3-0 win in the second leg against the top Yugoslavian club. By August 2001 it is clear: The European tour can start. The opponents in the first group stage are Fenerbahce, Lyon and Barcelona. After the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September, the game against Fenerbahce due to be played the next day is postponed. That makes the game at Lyon on 18 September the start of the Champions League campaign for the Werkself in what turns out to be an historic season in Europe’s premier club competition for Bayer 04...

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