Jakarta (ANTARA) – Bayer Leverkusen managed to win the DFB Pokal after a narrow 1-0 victory over German second division club Kaiserslautern in the final match at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday morning WIB.

Leverkusen’s winning goal was scored by Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka in the first half. Xabi Alonso’s team also had to play with 10 men after Odilon Kossounou received a red card in the 44th minute.

This title is the second for Leverkusen this season since being coached by Xabi Alonso and the fourth in the history of the German club, as cited on the official DFB website.

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As the match progressed, Leverkusen immediately looked dominant from the start of the match and forced Kaiserslautern to play defensively.

Despite launching a series of attacks, Leverkusen only managed to score a goal in the 17th minute. Xhaka fired a curling shot from outside the area which Krahl was unable to stop. The score changed to 1-0 in favor of Leverkusen.

Towards the end of the first half, Leverkusen had to lose a player after Odilon Kossounou received a second yellow card. The 1-0 lead lasted until halftime.

After the break, Xabi brought on Jonas Hofmann and Patrick Schick in place of Amine Adli and Josip Stanisic.

Even though they played with 10 players, Leverkusen did not give up their dominance over Kaiserslautern.

Reporter: Hendri Sukma Indrawan
Editor: Junaydi Suswanto
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