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How Leverkusen built ‘final minute mystique’ to remain undefeated

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How Leverkusen built ‘final minute mystique’ to remain undefeated

Team sensation of the moment in Europe, the Bayer Leverkusen remains undefeated this season. This Thursday (11), at 4pm (Brasília time), the team takes the field against West Ham for the quarterfinals of Europa League com live broadcast on ESPN on Star+.

In total, there are 36 wins and five draws in 41 games in the 2023/24 season. Numbers that leave the team one victory away from the unprecedented title of Bundesliga e na final da German Cup.

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In some games, however, this unbeaten record came to be a close call, with the team led by Xabi Alonso beginning to build a “mystique” of goals in stoppage time.

In total, there were eight games in which the team managed to improve its results in stoppage time. Of these, they managed two draws and six wins (five of which came from a draw).

The first game was one of the most memorable. Away from home, in the first rounds of the Bundesliga, Exequiel Palacios did at 49 in the second half and secured the 2-2 against Bayern Munchen. Little did they know that it would become a keynote throughout the season.

Since New Year’s Eve, this has become even more evident. Of the eight games, six were in 2024. The most notable was precisely in the Europa League.

In the round of 16, against Karabagh, Leverkusen almost lost their unbeaten record in both the first and second legs. In the first game. Patrick Schick scored at 47 and confirmed the draw at 2-2.

On the way back, in the middle of the BayArena, the Azerbaijani team once again opened a two-goal lead – and was winning 2-1 until the final minutes, as Frimpong had scored. Behold, Schick appeared once again – twice, in fact.

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At 48 and 52, the Czech center forward scored two goals, turned the game around and guaranteed his team’s historic classification.

Now, Xabi Alonso and his team wait for a new classification in the European competition – preferably, without great emotions. But, if necessary, West Ham better not lose attention to their opponents for even a minute.

Where to watch Bayer Leverkusen vs West Ham?

Bayer Leverkusen x West Ham, in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, will have live broadcast on ESPN on Star+ this Thursday (11), at 4pm (Brasília time).

Xabi Alonso smiles with the corner of his mouth after Leverkusen’s victory Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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