Bayer Leverkusen qualify for Europa League semis after edging West Ham

Bayer Leverkusen, the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, continued their impressive run in all competitions by reaching the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, maintaining their unbeaten streak for the season.

In the second leg of their quarter-final tie against West Ham, Bayer Leverkusen secured a 1-1 draw, advancing 3-1 on aggregate. Despite Michail Antonio putting West Ham ahead in the 13th minute, Jeremie Frimpong’s late equalizer in the 89th minute sealed the German side’s passage to the next round.

Speaking after the match, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka acknowledged the challenge posed by the passionate English crowd but highlighted his team’s resilience. He noted, “We competed much more. If you see over 180 minutes, the better team goes through.”

Having clinched the Bundesliga title last weekend, ending Bayern Munich’s 11-year dominance, Bayer Leverkusen now sets their sights on further success in the Europa League. They are scheduled to face Roma in the semi-finals, with aspirations for a treble trophy haul this season. Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen remains in contention for the German Cup, with a final match against second-division Kaiserslautern scheduled for May 25th.

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