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Victor Boniface scores as Bayer Leverkusen clinch Bundesliga title win

In a historic victory, Bayer 04 Leverkusen secured their maiden Bundesliga title with a resounding 5-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Bay Arena, with Super Eagles striker Victor Boniface on the scoresheet.

Under the guidance of head coach Xabi Alonso, Leverkusen’s lineup featured both Boniface and Nathan Tella, with Boniface returning to the starting eleven for the first time since December due to an adductor injury.

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Julian Malatini fouled Jonas Hofmann in Werder’s box, resulting in a penalty. Boniface confidently stepped up and converted the spot-kick, notching his 11th league goal of the season.

Leverkusen extended their lead in the second half, with Boniface playing a crucial role in the buildup to Granit Xhaka’s goal, curling a sublime effort into the top-left corner.

The momentum continued for Leverkusen as Florian Wirtz, introduced as a substitute, secured his first career hat-trick. Wirtz’s goals showcased his prowess, with a stunning strike from outside the box and composed finishes from close range.

With Leverkusen cruising to victory, the fans erupted with jubilation, prompting a brief pitch invasion before the players urged them to return to their seats.

Wirtz capped off Leverkusen’s dominant display with his fourth goal, courtesy of a well-crafted cross from Alejandro Grimaldo, sealing a memorable 5-0 triumph.

Following the historic win, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella joined the ranks of Nigerian players who have lifted the Meisterschale, with Sunday Oliseh and Pascal Ojigwe among their esteemed predecessors. Ojigwe achieved Bundesliga success with Kaiserslautern in the 1997/98 season, while Oliseh secured the title with Borussia Dortmund in 2001/02.

Leverkusen’s triumph marks a significant milestone in the club’s history, with Victor Boniface and his teammates etching their names in Bundesliga folklore with a memorable victory.

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