Köln let down the tyres on Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen Lamborghini | Bundesliga

It was always going to end at some point. They just didn’t want it to be here. Leverkusen’s phenomenal unbeaten run was stopped at 14 games, at the start of the week which will contain their Europa League semi-final first leg date with destiny against Roma.

“It just wasn’t a good performance,” said the sporting director, Simon Rolfes, seeking to de-dramatise the disappointment. “It was down to us that we lost this game. No one else.” The midfielder Robert Andrich so often the barometer of mood in good times and bad, who always seems to find the right words, was a touch more…

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