Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt were thrashed 6-1 at top-four rivals Bayer Leverkusen after resting Luka Jovic on Sunday.
Eintracht, who travel to Chelsea on Thursday with the tie level at 1-1, left star striker Jovic on the bench at BayArena.
But Leverkusen recorded a ruthless victory to move level on points with fourth-placed Eintracht as the race for Champions League qualification continues.
Peter Bosz’s hosts were 2-0 up after just 13 minutes, with Kai Havertz’s opener followed up by Julian Brandt.
Filip Kostic swiftly reduced the deficit but the Leverkusen onslaught continued and it was 6-1 by the 36th minute.
Lucas Alario struck twice with Charles Aranguiz also on target before Martin Hinteregger’s own goal completed the scoring.
6 – @bayer04_en have tied the #Bundesliga record, scoring six goals in the first half. The last team to do this were Borussia Mönchengladbach in April 1978 when they beat Borussia Dortmund 12-0 (6-0 at half-time). Sixpack. #B04SGE pic.twitter.com/E1k07U39yH
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 5, 2019
Leverkusen are the first Bundesliga team to score six goals in the first half of a game since Borussia Monchengladbach, who hammered Borussia Dortmund 12-0 in April 1978.
Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter appeared to rue his team selection, sending on Jovic and Mijat Gacinovic before half-time.
But Hutter’s side will have to justify his decisions when they head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea for a place in the Europa League final.
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