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Leverkusen first team to complete Bundesliga season unbeaten

LEVERKUSEN (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday became the first team in Bundesliga history to go through an entire season unbeaten after a 2-1 home win against Augsburg extended their undefeated streak in all competitions to 51 games.

Crowned champions for the first time in April, goals from Victor Boniface and Robert Andrich put Leverkusen – who play the Europa League final against Atalanta and the German Cup final this week – on course for victory. 

“Totally deserved. It was our goal after winning the title against Bremen. Very proud of the team – very satisfied and very happy,” said Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso.

“We can enjoy it just a little bit – and recover tomorrow.”

Elsewhere on the final day of the league campaign, Cologne were relegated after a 4-1 loss at Heidenheim. 

Union Berlin scored in stoppage time against Freiburg to win 2-1 and beat the drop, leapfrogging Bochum who will play a two-legged relegation play-off against second-division Fortuna Duesseldorf after losing 4-1 at Werder Bremen. 

Leverkusen took the lead after 12 minutes when Amine Adli forced Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek into an error, winning possession before squaring for Boniface to tap in from close range. 

Leverkusen’s head coach Xabi Alonso celebrates with the trophy as his team won the German Bundesliga. PHOTO: AP

Midfield star Andrich doubled Leverkusen’s lead, backheeling in a rebound after 27 minutes. 

Augsburg teenager Mert Komor pulled one back on his first start for the visitors with a stunning strike on the 62nd-minute mark, but Leverkusen held on to win ahead of what could be an historic week. 

At the other end of the table, Union – who were playing in the Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid as recently as December – were locked 1-1 at home to Freiburg in stoppage time and headed for a relegation playoff clash with Duesseldorf.

Union had been reduced to 10 men when Michael Gspurning was red carded with four minutes remaining but won a penalty just into stoppage time.

Kevin Volland missed the spotkick but Janik Haberer was there to turn in the rebound and save Berlin. 

Bochum, who looked to have secured top-division football with a 4-3 win at Union Berlin two weeks ago, will now need to beat Duesseldorf in a home and away playoff.

The loser will join relegated Cologne and Darmstadt in the second division.