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Leverkusen Beat Roma and Qualified for the Europa League final

Leverkusen Beat Roma and Qualified for the Europa League final

Bayer Leverkusen booked their place in the Europa League final in stunning fashion, edging out AS Roma 4-2 on aggregate after a heart-stopping 2-2 draw at home on Thursday. This victory extends their unbeaten run to a record-breaking 49 games!

In the second leg, 2-0 down, Roma displayed unwavering determination. Two penalties from Leandro Paredes, one in each half, brought them level on aggregate despite limited possession. The dream of a comeback flickered brightly for the Italian side.

However, Leverkusen’s relentless spirit would be kept from being wouldn’t quelled. A late own goal, with Roma defender Gianluca Mancini deflecting a corner into the net, pulled them level again. Just when extra time seemed inevitable, Josip Stanisic emerged as the hero, scoring a dramatic counter-attack goal in the seventh minute of pause time. This goal secured victory and shattered Benfica’s long-standing European unbeaten record.

Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso: “We had chances to score goals early and didn’t—but hey, we will in Dublin,” he told RTL. It was a special evening. There were tense moments, but they showed the team’s personality and mentality.

Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka: “We didn’t know ourselves how we were 2-0 behind. “… “To come back against a team like this is unbelievable—our desire is incredible. We’re in the final, we’re on our way to making our dream a reality, and we will do everything to bring the trophy back to Leverkusen.”

This victory sets up a mouthwatering Europa League final clash against Atalanta, who comfortably dispatched Marseille. The Bundesliga champions will be aiming to complete a remarkable treble on May 22nd in Dublin.

What do you think? Can Leverkusen maintain their incredible form and win the trophy? Who will you be supporting in the final? Share your thoughts in the comments below!