Late Patrik Schick Double Extends Bayer Leverkusen’s Unbeaten Run


Patrik Schick scored twice in stoppage time to save Bayer Leverkusen's unbeaten run and seal a remarkable treble with a 3-2 (5-4 aggregate) home win over Qarabag in the Europa League last-16 second leg on Thursday. Dreamed. The win kept Xabi Alonso's Leverkusen unbeaten after 37 matches this season, taking them into the last eight of the Europa League. With Leverkusen trailing 2–1 at the 90-minute mark, the Czech striker – who had equalized the score at 2–2 in stoppage time in the first leg – scored in the 93rd and 98th minutes to turn the game around. Head.

Goalscorer Schick praised his team's will in an “incredible night”.

“The team has done it again,” he said of the long unbeaten run. “It's no coincidence. We fight until the last moment, the team spirit we have at this moment is incredible.”

Having come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in Baku, Leverkusen, one of the favorites to win the Europa League, were very much prepared to defeat outsiders Azerbaijan on home soil.

After being tied 0–0 at half-time, Qarabag took the lead midway through the second half, with Abdella Zoubir scoring from Leandro Andrade's cross.

When Alvin Jafarguliyev was sent off, his yellow card for a challenge on Frimpong was upgraded to a red by VAR, with the number of spectators reduced to 10 people immediately afterwards.

Despite the loss, Qarabag doubled their lead through Juninho just five minutes later.

Leverkusen pulled a goal back through Jeremy Frimpong soon after to keep hopes alive.

Striker Schick, who was criticized for not scoring in seven league games since December, got the boot on an Alex Grimaldo cross to level the score after 93 minutes.

As the match seemed to be heading towards extra time, Schick scored again and another assist from Grimaldo sealed the victory.

“It may not have been our best performance today, but we won with heart and passion,” Alonso told Germany's RTL network.

“Anything can happen in football.”

The win kept unbeaten Leverkusen's dream of a remarkable treble alive, with Alonso's side on 10 points in the Bundesliga with nine games remaining and into the German Cup semi-finals.

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