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Granit Xhaka delighted as Bayer Leverkusen clinch commanding victory over Roma

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka expressed his joy following their impressive 2-0 triumph over AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final first leg.

The victory, secured in the intimidating atmosphere of the Stadio Olimpico, showcased Leverkusen's dominance on the European stage.

The breakthrough came early, in the 28th minute, for Die Werkself as Florian Wirtz capitalized on a defensive error, slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Despite Roma's resilience, Leverkusen continued to press forward, with Robert Andrich extending the lead in the second half with a powerful strike from distance.

Reflecting on the match, Xhaka acknowledged the challenges of playing at the Stadio Olimpico but emphasized Leverkusen's deserving victory. "We knew it would be tough, but we created more clear chances and deserved to win," he remarked in a post-match interview.

However, Xhaka remained cautious, recognizing the importance of the upcoming second leg. "The tie is not over," he warned. "We need to maintain our effort and focus for the return fixture in Leverkusen. Roma is a quality side with a strong mentality."

Since his arrival from Arsenal, Xhaka has been instrumental in Leverkusen's success, praised for his leadership and dedication. He attributed their achievements to hard work, belief, and quality, highlighting their remarkable unbeaten streak of 47 matches in all competitions.

"We've had a fantastic season so far, but we must continue working hard and believing in ourselves," Xhaka emphasized. 

"Our unbeaten record is impressive, but trophies are won through dedication and determination."

Leverkusen's attention now turns to their upcoming fixtures, with a crucial Bundesliga clash against Eintracht Frankfurt followed by the decisive second leg against Roma at the BayArena. 

With their sights set on European glory, Xhaka and his teammates remain determined to continue their impressive run and secure a place in the final.

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