• Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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Europa League: Leverkusen outclass Roma to extend unbeaten run

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Bayer Leverkusen continued their impressive unbeaten streak by defeating Roma 2-0 in the Europa League, further solidifying their path to the final with a commanding performance.

Florian Wirtz and Robert Andrich each found the net in a goal in each half, securing victory for Xabi Alonso’s side in the Italian capital. With this win, Leverkusen now stand on the brink of reaching the final in Dublin, marking a significant milestone in their European campaign.

Should they maintain their advantage in the return leg in Germany, Leverkusen will face either Atalanta or Marseille in Ireland. Based on their dominant display against Roma, they are poised as strong favourites to lift their first European trophy since 1988.

Alonso expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance, highlighting their discipline and determination. Despite their impressive showing, he emphasized the need to remain focused and vigilant for the challenges ahead.

On the other hand, Roma faced an uphill battle after failing to pose a significant threat to Leverkusen’s defence. Despite a late chance from substitute Tammy Abraham, they were unable to capitalize and now face a daunting task in the return leg.

While De Rossi acknowledged Leverkusen’s quality, he lamented Roma’s inability to seize early opportunities in the match. Nevertheless, he remained optimistic and emphasized the importance of converting chances in the upcoming fixture.

With Leverkusen eyeing a treble in the Bundesliga, German Cup, and Europa League, Roma finds themselves in a tight race for Champions League qualification in Serie A, adding further stakes to their European campaign.