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Leverkusen extend unbeaten run


Leverkusen extend unbeaten run

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen scored twice late in the game with Robert Andrich and Patrik Schick to earn a remarkable 2-1 comeback win over Hoffenheim on Saturday (Mar 30) and edge closer to the league title. Leverkusen, unbeaten in 39 matches across all competitions this season, are now on 73 points, 13 ahead of Bayern Munich, who lost 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund and remain on 60. With 73 points, they have now equaled their club record from the 1999-2000 campaign. The result also means that Leverkusen now have the second longest unbeaten run in the history of Europe's top-five leagues, overtaking the 2004-05 Inter Milan team who managed 38 games, and behind only Juventus, who went 42 games without losing in the 2011-12 season.

Bayer Leverkusen produced a dramatic comeback to avoid their first defeat of the season and claim a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga.

Leverkusen's 38-game unbeaten streak looked set to end when they found themselves 1-0 down with fewer than five minutes of normal time remaining.

Robert Andrich scored for the league leaders in the 88th minute to cancel out Maximilian Beier's opener. The hosts' comeback was completed with a 91st-minute Patrik Schick winner.

They are 13 points clear of Bayern Munich, who play Borussia Dortmund later on Saturday.

Leverkusen were playing in their first match since manager Xabi Alonso revealed he will stay at the club next season, ending speculation he would join Liverpool or Bayern Munich.

Seventh-placed Hoffenheim stifled the good feeling surrounding Alonso's announcement when Beier linked up with Wout Weghorst in the penalty area before slotting past keeper Lukas Hradecky.

Leverkusen piled on the pressure and two goals in quick succession from Andrich and Schick ensured the club stretched their unbeaten record to 39 games across all competitions.

Leverkusen are on course to claim their first league title with just seven games left to go this season.

Leverkusen, whose last major title came more than 30 years ago, face Fortuna Dusseldorf in the German Cup semifinal on Tuesday.

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