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'crazy'.  Leverkusen reaches the Europa League final… Benfica is grateful

'crazy'. Leverkusen reaches the Europa League final… Benfica is grateful

Hey Bayer Leverkusen once again escaped its first defeat of the season, on Thursday, at home to Roma (2-2), to qualify for the Europa League final, thanks to the aggregate score of 4-2. The confrontation against Atalanta will take place on May 22 in Dublin, where Benfica will support the German champions in order to qualify directly to the group stage of the Champions League.

Needing to recover from a two-goal deficit, the Italian team was able to take the lead at the BayArena, before the end of the first half, when Leandro Paredes was responsible for converting a penalty kick into a goal, in the 43rd minute.

The confrontation resumed and Jose Mourinho's former team – now coached by De Rossi – repeated the “formula” to score again, with a double penalty kick by Paredes, in the 66th minute, to keep everything intact in the draw.

But during the last ten minutes, the possibility of resorting to extra time was no longer on the table with two goals scored by Xabi Alonso's team. Mancini's own goal (82nd) ​​left the German champions calmer, and when the first defeat of the season was looming, Stanisic appeared in the right place, at 90+7, to make it 2-2 to the Portuguese team. Players Rui Patricio, Renato Sanchez and Joao Costa – the first two did not leave the bench.

The unbeaten streak continues (already at 49 matches) and thus, Bayer Leverkusen has reached the Europa League final, where they will face Atalanta, on May 22, in Dublin.

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A week after winning in Italy (0-2), Bayer Leverkusen is preparing to host Roma, next Thursday, in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals, to reach the desired European final.

The German champions, led by Xabi Alonso, continue their journey without losing this season, and only through this unprecedented scenario can Jose Mourinho's former team, which includes Portuguese Rui Patricio, Renato Sanchez and Joao Costa, aspire to return to the European League. League final.

The duel is scheduled to start at exactly eight o’clock in the evening (mainland Portuguese time) and you will be able to follow the events of the match live on the channel Sports per minute.

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