To enter the German Cup final next month and bring the fourth division side’s fairytale run to a jolting end, Bayer Leverkusen wins Saarbruecken 3-0 away on Tuesday.
Lucas Alario added a second eight minutes later, French winger Moussa Diaby brought Leverkusen ahead in the 11th minute. In the 58th minute, Bellarabi scored the last goal after that substitute.
Capturing the scalps of two top-flight and two second-division clubs along the way, Saarbruecken became the first squad from the fourth tier to get the final four of the cup.
It hadn’t been played for 94 days following the suspension of the German Regional League, and then abruptly ended owing to the coronavirus health crisis.
Saarbrücken 0-3 Leverkusen
Goals: 0-1(11′), 0-2 (19′), 0-3 (58′)
Saarbrücken: Batz – Barylla, Schorch (Bulic 87′), Uaferro, Müller (Mendler 68′) – Jänicke (Froese 46′), Perdedaj (Breitenbach 69′), Zeitz (c), Jacob (Eisele 78′) – Golley, Zellner
Unused subs: Castellucci, Vunguidica, Jurcher, Miotke,
Coach: Lukas Kwasniok
Leverkusen: Hradecky – Weiser, S. Bender (Dragovic 62′), Tapsoba (Tah 46′), Wendell – Aranguiz (c) (Palacios 70′), Demirbay – Diaby (Volland 62′), Paulinho, Wirtz (Bellarabi 46′) – Alario
Unused subs: Özcan, Amiri, Baumgartlinger, Stanilewicz
Out: L. Bender (foot), Havertz (muscular)
Coach: Peter Bosz