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German Cup final secured by Leverkusen with Wirtz’s brace

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Bayer Leverkusen reached the German Cup final for the fifth time by defeating Fortuna Duesseldorf 4-0 at home with Florian Wirtz scoring a goal in each half.

Leverkusen, known for late wins this season, displayed complete dominance throughout the game against their second-division opponents.

The scoring commenced seven minutes in with Jeremie Frimpong, followed by Amine Adli adding another at the 20-minute mark. Adli is currently the top scorer in the cup with five goals this season.

Florian Wirtz extended the lead with a third goal just before half-time and secured his brace from the penalty spot in the 60th minute, ensuring a comfortable victory for Xabi Alonso’s team.

With this win, Leverkusen’s unbeaten streak for this season reached an impressive 40 matches, keeping alive the hopes of achieving a treble for a team that has only secured two major trophies in its club history.

Although they won the German Cup in 1993, they have been runners-up three times since then.

In another match on Tuesday, Kaiserslautern defeated Saarbruecken from the third division to become the first second-division team in the final since 2011.

Duesseldorf’s chances of making it to the final were dented early on when Frimpong scored from close range after just seven minutes.

Despite being only 20, Wirtz continued to shine for Leverkusen, setting up Adli for the second goal confidently.

Leverkusen secured their third goal by swiftly regaining possession and delivering the ball to Wirtz, who skillfully evaded a defender and found the net past Florian Kastenmeier.

After 60 minutes, Patrik Schick’s header hit Duesseldorf’s Matthias Zimmerman’s hand, resulting in a penalty after a VAR check.

Although Kastenmeier made the right guess, Wirtz’s shot skillfully found the left post, prompting the home fans to chant “Berlin, we’re going to Berlin” for the upcoming final in May.

AFP

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