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Bayer Leverkusen’s Kerem Demirbay: “Roma reached their objective in a disgusting fashion.”

Leverkusen's German midfielder Kerem Demirbay reacts after the UEFA Europa League Group Quarter final First Leg football match between Bayer Leverkusen and Union St-Gilloise in Leverkusen, on April 13, 2023. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kerem Demirbay was unhappy with the way Roma managed to win on aggregate in the Europa League semifinal.

Demirbay criticised Roma’s defensive set-up in the return leg on Thursday night.

“A pity that a style of play like this can be rewarded in a semi-final of such high level,” Demirbay told

“This result tastes bitter, very bitter. It’s also bad for football in general. But we have to congratulate our opponent. Roma achieved their goal in a disgusting fashion.”