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Leverkusen become first Bundesliga team to go all season without defeat

CHAMPIONS Bayer Leverkusen edged past Augsburg 2-1 on the last matchday to become the first team in the history of the Bundesliga to complete a full season without a loss.

Xabi Alonso’s treble-chasing team also stretched their European record unbeaten run across all competitions this season to 51 matches in a perfect dress rehearsal for next week’s Europa League final against Atalanta.

Leverkusen, who also face Kaiserslautern in the German Cup final on May 25, finished in top spot on 90 points with 28 wins and six draws, 17 points ahead of second-placed VfB Stuttgart, winners 4-0 over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

At the other end of the table, Cologne was relegated, joining Darmstadt 98, following a 4-1 defeat at Heidenheim. VfL Bochum will go into a relegation playoff.

Leverkusen got off to a strong start and Victor Boniface intercepted a ball from Augsburg keeper Tomas Koubek to tap in for the lead in the 12th minute as the home fans prepared to kick off the city’s big party to celebrate the club’s maiden league title.

Robert Andrich, part of Germany’s Euro 2024 preliminary squad, doubled the advantage from close range in the 27th but Augsburg came out fighting after the break and cut the deficit with Mert Komur just past the hour.

Both teams had their share of chances but it was always going to be Leverkusen’s day, with fans hoping their first-ever Bundesliga trophy will be the first of three titles in what is already a remarkable season.

General view of the scoreboard showing the score towards the end of the match REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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By The African Mirror