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BayArena Staduim (ATT 23,635) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Meyer

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Leverkusen 2

G Castro (8)
P Wollscheid (54)


Leverkusen back to winning ways

Last Updated: 02/09/12 12:27pm

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Philipp Wollscheid added Leverkusen's second

Philipp Wollscheid added Leverkusen's second

Bayer Leverkusen picked up their first win of the season with a convincing 2-0 win against Freiburg at the BayArena.

Gonzalo Castro and Philipp Wollscheid scored the goals to give Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski their first win since becoming full-time coaches of Leverkusen over the summer.

Freiburg were poor throughout the contest and slumped to the brink of the bottom three.

The warning signs were there for Freiburg as early as the seventh minute when Stefan Kiessling set up Andre Schurrle, who rounded Oliver Baumann but saw his shot cleared off the line by Fallou Diagne.

But a minute later Castro had the ball in the back of the net with a brave header from close range after Kiessling's shot looped up off Baumann.

Baumann denied Kiessling just before the break, this time ensuring the ball did not break loose for another Leverkusen player.

The home side doubled their lead in the 54th minute with a header from Wollscheid, just a minute after Baumann had made a stunning save to deny Kiessling.

Freiburg had no answer to Leverkusen's superiority and the home side appeared to take it easy for the final half an hour, perhaps already seeking to preserve energy in view of their Europa League campaign which starts on September 20 against Metalist Kharkiv.

Before then, Hyypia and Lewandowski will lose most of their squad for international matches.

Leverkusen are next in action in a fortnight at defending champions Borussia Dortmund, while Freiburg will hope they can pick up their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Hoffenheim.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31