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Leverkusen’s unbeaten run hits 30 games in thrilling German Cup win over Stuttgart. Bayern is next

Leverkusen’s unbeaten run hits 30 games in thrilling German Cup win over Stuttgart. Bayern is next
At Leverkusen, Germany, Bayer Leverkusen propelled their unbeaten run to an awe-inspiring 30 games in all competitions this season. This was cemented with a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stuttgart, pushing them into the semi-finals of the German Cup on Tuesday.
Jonathan Tah's goal in the 90th minute, with a critical header, sealed their win. This spared coach Xabi Alonso's squad from extra time prior to their impending league match against title contender Bayern Munich on Saturday. Alonso, filled with euphoria, was seen leaping and pumping his fist in celebration on the sidelines.
Leverkusen displayed tremendous resilience, twice recovering from being goal down. Stuttgart's lead began with a corner, when Waldemar Anton escaped his marker, Edmond Tapsoba, notching a header at the far post. Leverkusen's midfielder Robert Andrich managed to level the score in the early second half with a brilliant curling shot from around 20 meters into the top-right corner.
Chris Führich reignited Stuttgart's lead, taking advantage of a situation where Andrich had lost the ball. However, Leverkusen's Amine Adli brought the game back to equilibrium once again, by capitalizing on a through ball from Florian Wirtz during a break. Interestingly, Wirtz was also behind the assist for Tah's match-winning goal. This marked the third occasion in Leverkusen's last five matches where they clinched a victory with a goal scored either in the 90th minute or during extra time.

The refereeing raised several questions for both teams. Andrich was fortunate to evade a second yellow card for a hard tackle that saw him step on Enzo Millot's foot. Leverkusen expressed their displeasure when Stuttgart's Hiroki Ito brought down Jeremie Frimpong with a slide tackle inside the box. Despite it appearing that Ito failed to make contact with the ball, the referee and video review decided against awarding a penalty.
This victory keeps alive Leverkusen's dream of achieving a league and cup double, a remarkable feat for a team often mockingly referred to as "Neverkusen" due to their historical knack of narrowly missing out on trophy wins. Leverkusen's last trophy moment dates back to clinching the German Cup in 1993.
Leverkusen now joins second-tier contenders Fortuna Duesseldorf and Kaiserslautern in the semi-finals. Top-tier team Borussia Moenchengladbach will be playing third-tier Saarbruecken for the last spot on Wednesday.
There was a brief period of silence at the stadium when a fan required medical treatment after falling from a stand. The individual was conscious, confirmed Leverkusen.
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