Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Werder Bremen: Hosts win Bundesliga with five games to spare


Florian Wirtz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates
Bayer Leverkusen have gone 29 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season

Bayer Leverkusen won their first Bundesliga title and got there with five games to spare thanks to a 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich beat Cologne on Saturday to keep Leverkusen’s title celebrations on hold for at least a day.

But there were scenes of jubilation for Xabi Alonso’s team when the final whistle blew at BayArena on Sunday.

Victor Boniface’s 25th-minute penalty set Leverkusen on their way before Granit Xhaka and Florian Wirtz scored stunning goals in quick succession.

Supporters stormed on to the pitch in mid-match when star man Wirtz added a fourth in the 82nd minute, and again when he completed a hat-trick soon afterwards.

Leverkusen’s landmark achievement ends an era of dominance for Bayern, who had won the past 11 Bundesliga titles.

Unbeaten in all competitions this season, Leverkusen remain on course for a remarkable treble in Alonso’s first full season in charge, with the German Cup and Europa League still in their sights.

More to follow.

Line-ups

B Leverkusen

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 6Kossounou
  • 4Tah
  • 12Tapsoba
  • 19TellaSubstituted forFrimpongat 62′minutes
  • 8Andrich
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forPalaciosat 77′minutes
  • 3HincapiéBooked at 47minsSubstituted forGrimaldoat 77′minutes
  • 7Hofmann
  • 21AdliBooked at 31minsSubstituted forWirtzat 45′minutes
  • 22BonifaceSubstituted forSchickat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Stanisic
  • 10Wirtz
  • 13de Matos Soares
  • 14Schick
  • 17Kovár
  • 20Grimaldo
  • 25Palacios
  • 30Frimpong
  • 32Puerta

Werder Bremen

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Zetterer
  • 22Malatini
  • 36Groß
  • 13Veljkovic
  • 8Weiser
  • 10BittencourtBooked at 47minsSubstituted forHansen-Aaröenat 77′minutes
  • 14Lynen
  • 20Schmid
  • 27AguSubstituted forDemanat 69′minutes
  • 29WoltemadeSubstituted forKownackiat 69′minutes
  • 7Ducksch

Substitutes

  • 2Deman
  • 9Kownacki
  • 21Hansen-Aaröen
  • 26Imasuen
  • 35Opitz
  • 38dos Santos Haesler
  • 40Röcker

Referee:
Harm Osmers

Attendance:
30,210

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