Bayer Leverkusen secured a spot in the Europa League last 16 with a 2-0 victory against H?cken, featuring an early goal from Victor Boniface in the 14th minute and Patrik Schick’s decisive goal in the 74th, marking his return from a lengthy injury.
Schick, expressing joy after the match, highlighted the emotional aspect of scoring after a prolonged absence.
Reflecting on their previous season’s journey to the semi-finals, Leverkusen aims to surpass their previous performance but had faced defeat against Roma.
Freiburg also dominated their Europa League group, ensuring at least a top-two finish with a resounding 5-0 triumph over Olympiacos. Michael Gregoritsch’s hat-trick, initiated in the third minute, guided Freiburg to victory.
The German team is currently tied on 12 points with Group A leaders West Ham, setting up a crucial final group stage clash to determine the group topper and secure direct entry to the last 16.
Meanwhile, Liverpool advanced to the round of 16 with a convincing 4-0 win over LASK, featuring goals from Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, and a brace from Cody Gakpo.
In contrast, Ajax faced a setback, losing 4-3 to Olympique Marseille, making their final group stage game against AEK Athens pivotal for a spot in the Conference League.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich expressed satisfaction with their performance, acknowledging a well-executed game that solidified their position in the top two.
The upcoming clash between Freiburg and West Ham will determine the group leader, with the winner progressing directly to the last 16, while the second-placed team faces a knockout round play-off against a third-placed Champions League team.