Soccer-Ten-man Leverkusen clinch German Cup for first ever domestic double


Soccer Football - DFB Cup - Final - 1.FC Kaiserslautern v Bayer Leverkusen - Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany - May 25, 2024 Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso celebrates with the trophy after winning the DFB Cup REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen battled past second division Kaiserslautern 1-0 on Saturday to win the German Cup and secure the club's first ever domestic double.

Leverkusen missed out on a treble after losing 3-0 to Atalanta in the Europa League final on Wednesday in their first defeat of the season after a European record 51-game unbeaten run.

In Berlin's Olympic stadium that will host the Euro 2024 final in July, Leverkusen took the lead with Granit Xhaka's 20-metre missile in the 16th minute.

They controlled the pace even after they were reduced to 10 men following Odilon Kossounou's second booking a minute before halftime.

Kaiserslautern rarely threatened after the break with Leverkusen comfortably holding on to cap a memorable season with a second trophy.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)

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