Bayer Leverkusen is in the final and has 348 days unbeaten

Bayer Leverkusen is in the final and has 348 days unbeaten

(Bayer Leverkusen – Roma 2–2, aggregate 4–2) Thanks to a stunning final run against Roma, Bayer Leverkusen broke a 59-year-old record in European club football.

A bizarre own goal from Roma's Gianluca Mancini and then a goal from Josip Stanisic earned Bayer Leverkusen a 2-2 draw and went to the Europa League final – continuing their perfect season without a single defeat.

This now means 49 matches unbeaten. Specifically, the team has not lost since May 27, 2023, that is, 348 days ago.

The 49 matches is a new record in European club football – one match better than Benfica in the period from 1963 to 1965.

Leverkusen have a total of 40 wins and nine draws in all competitions in 2023/2024.

Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso during the semi-final match on Thursday. Photo: Inna Fassbender/AFP/NTB

– The goalkeeping is unlucky, says Viaplay expert Lars Tjarnas after Leverkusen's goal was reduced to 1-2 – saving last place.

Mile Svilar, who was brilliant against Roma, completely missed a corner kick. Thus, the ball hit Gianluca Mancini, who sent the ball “perfectly” into his goal.

Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 in Rome and perhaps you felt a little overconfident?

Leverkusen players after Gianluca Mancini (lying down) were unlucky and headed the ball into his own net. Photograph: Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters/NTB

However, it was the Eternal City players who took the lead and before half-time the score was 1-0 to Roma when Jonathan Tah won a penalty. Leandro Paredes scored from the 11-meter mark.

Before that, Bayer Leverkusen were the best, but Roma goalkeeper Mile Svilar played big.

After just over an hour of play, Roma conceded a penalty for handball, with Leandro Paredes scoring another penalty. 2–0, and they were the same distance.

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In the 82nd minute, Leverkusen's reduction came which could have been decisive, but Stanisic (on loan from Bayern Munich) easily equalized to make it 2-2 seven minutes into extra time.

Atalanta players celebrate scoring against Marseille. In the middle is Matteo Ruggeri. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters/NTB

Atalanta (who beat Liverpool) and Marseille played 1-1 at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille a week ago. On Thursday, Ademola Lookman sent Atalanta 2-1 up after half an hour, and Matteo Ruggeri then made it 2-0 early in the second half. Then the score was 3-0 at Bilal Toure and 4-1 overall.

Thus, Atalanta will face Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final in Dublin on May 22.

On Wednesday, Fiorentina qualified for the conference league final by defeating Club Brugge 4-3 on aggregate.

Olympiacos won 4-2 over Aston Villa in the first leg and followed it up with a 2-0 win on Thursday and a 6-2 aggregate win. Ayoub El Kaabi followed up his hat-trick at home with two goals, leading Olympiacos to also win the return match.

Thus, Fiorentina will meet Olympiacos in the final in Athens on May 29.

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