Amine Adli German champion with Bayer Leverkusen


Amine Adli’s Bayer Leverkusen won the first German championship title in their history on Sunday at home.

By outclassing Bremen 5-0 at the end of the 29th day of the Bundesliga, Xabi Alonso’s men, still undefeated, secured a 16-point lead over Bayern Munich and Stuttgart.

Five days before the end of the season, they can no longer be reached and seize the “Schale”, a trophy awarded to the champion which was the exclusive property of Munich between 2013 and 2023.

To win the title on the 29th day, the third earliest coronation after those of Bayern in 2014 (27th day) and in 2013 (28th day), Xabi Alonso’s men had to win on Sunday.

It was Leverkusen’s top scorer, Victor Boniface, who opened the scoring in the 25th minute from the penalty spot, after a foul on Jonas Hofmann punished after use of video assistance.

At the hour mark, Granit Xhaka doubled to offer thirty minutes of pure euphoria. Florian Wirtz increased the score with a hat-trick (68th, 83rd and 90th minutes).

Leverkusen played their 43rd match of the season unbeaten on Sunday (38 wins, 5 draws), matching Juventus Turin’s performance in 2011/12, with the difference being that the Bianconeri did not have a European Cup to be discussed at the time.

The Werskelf harvest (the “factory eleven”, nickname of the club team founded by the chemist Bayer in 1904) can continue in the coming weeks.

In the Europa League, they will face West Ham in London on Thursday in the quarter-final second leg, after a 2-0 home success three days ago.

Lukas Hradecky’s teammates will close their season with the German Cup final (scheduled for May 25, three days after the Europa League final) against Kaiserslautern, residents of the 2nd division.

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