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Bayer Leverkusen complete UNBEATEN Bundesliga season under Xabi Alonso as they beat Augsburg 2-1

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Bayer Leverkusen complete UNBEATEN Bundesliga season under Xabi Alonso as they beat Augsburg 2-1

Bayer Leverkusen made history as the first team in the Bundesliga to complete a season unbeaten, following their 2-1 victory over Augsburg on Saturday. This win extended their impressive run to 51 games without defeat.

After securing their inaugural Bundesliga title in April, Leverkusen’s goals from Victor Boniface and Robert Andrich set them on the path to victory.

They are now eyeing a potential unbeaten treble with upcoming matches in the Europa League final against Atalanta and the German Cup final.

Leverkusen, managed by Xabi Alonso, took the lead 12 minutes into the match. Amine Adli capitalized on a mistake by Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, gaining possession and passing to Boniface, who scored from close range.

Andrich increased Leverkusen’s advantage in the 27th minute, backheeling a rebound into the net.

Augsburg’s young talent, Mert Komor, scored a remarkable goal on his first start in the 62nd minute, but Leverkusen maintained their lead, securing the win ahead of what could be a historic week for the club.

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Real Madrid defeat wasteful Dortmund to claim 15th Champions League crown [VIDEO]

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Real Madrid Punish Wasteful Dortmund To Claim 15th Champions League Crown

Real Madrid’s Champions League journey is akin to a high-wire act, where they often appear on the brink of disaster but rarely falter.

Under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, who claimed his historic fifth Champions League title, Real Madrid secured their 15th win in the tournament by overcoming Borussia Dortmund with late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr. at Wembley.

As Ancelotti and his players celebrated, hoisting the giant trophy amid pyrotechnics and fireworks, the scene felt familiar.

It echoed the many dramatic victories of Real Madrid in recent years, where they have often left their opponents heartbroken, including the likes of Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

Dortmund’s disappointment was palpable as they walked past their passionate fans, who had filled Wembley with color and noise.

Real Madrid struggled in the first half, rattled by Dortmund’s pace and intensity under Edin Terzic. They were fortunate to reach half-time on level terms, living on their nerves and luck.

Dortmund’s Karim Adeyemi might question his decision-making when he attempted to dribble around Real’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois instead of shooting.

He also missed another opportunity that Courtois saved. Niclas Fullkrug was equally unlucky, seeing his shot rebound off the inside of the post and another powerful header saved by Courtois.

Throughout the match, there was a growing sense of inevitability that Real Madrid would find a way to survive and ultimately prevail, just as they did against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

Dortmund vs Man Utd Highlights

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OFFICIAL: Bayern have appointed Kompany as their new head coach until June 2027

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OFFICIAL: Bayern have appointed Kompany as their new head coach until June 2027

Bayern Munich have appointed Vincent Kompany as their new head coach.

Kompany, who was anticipated to be a central part of Burnley’s future despite their relegation from the Premier League this season, has now taken on the role at Bayern.

Burnley’s drop to the Championship was confirmed in the penultimate week of the season.

As reported by Mail Sport last Wednesday, Bayern held discussions with Burnley chairman Alan Pace regarding a compensation fee, aiming to finalize the deal quickly. The German club has now successfully secured Kompany, the former Manchester City captain, as their new head coach.

Bayern’s search for Thomas Tuchel’s successor saw several high-profile candidates, including Xabi Alonso, former head coach Julian Nagelsmann, and ex-Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick, decline the role.

Despite efforts to persuade Tuchel to stay after his departure was announced three months ago, those talks did not lead to a reversal of his decision.

Kompany, who spent two seasons at Hamburg before joining Manchester City in 2008, speaks fluent German and has impressed the Bayern hierarchy with his football philosophy.

However, this appointment represents a gamble for both parties following their disappointing recent campaigns.

Bayern failed to win the Bundesliga for the first time since 2012, while Kompany’s reputation, which had seen him linked with Tottenham and Chelsea, took a hit with Burnley’s 19th-place finish.

This move is a significant blow to Burnley chairman Alan Pace, who had hoped Kompany would lead a promotion charge from the Championship.

The Burnley board had placed considerable trust in the Belgian, especially in recruitment, and had planned to find a new coach to work under him next season.

Ashley Cole, currently at Birmingham City, was one name identified for that role due to his impressive work with England’s Under 21s, who won the European Championship last summer.

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Ademola Lookman nets HAT-TRICK as Atalanta stun Leverkusen to win Europa League (HIGHLIGHTS)

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Ademola Lookman nets HAT-TRICK as Atalanta stun Leverkusen to win Europa League

Ademola Lookman’s stunning hat-trick propelled Atalanta to their first silverware since 1963, ending Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten season in the Europa League final.

Lookman, the London-born Nigerian striker who began his career at Charlton, delivered two excellent first-half finishes and added a brilliant third goal 15 minutes from time, leading Atalanta to a commanding 3-0 victory in Dublin.

This triumph marked only the second trophy in Atalanta’s 116-year history, coming over six decades after their Coppa Italia win.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had lost to Juventus in the Coppa Italia final just seven days earlier, but they bounced back to derail Leverkusen’s momentum.

Lookman, formerly of Everton, Fulham, and Leicester, provided the decisive edge in a polished team performance.

Leverkusen, under Xabi Alonso, had been on the verge of an invincible season after securing their first Bundesliga title and remaining unbeaten for 51 games.

However, Leverkusen was unprepared for Atalanta’s high press, which forced early mistakes and set the tone for the match.

Granit Xhaka lost possession, leading to Matteo Ruggeri setting up a headed chance for Gianluca Scamacca.

Despite this clear warning, Leverkusen failed to respond, and Atalanta took the lead after 12 minutes.

Atalanta vs Bayer Leverkusen Highlights

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