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BayArena Staduim (ATT 28,077) 20th October 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Sippel

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz Mainz

Leverkusen 2

S Kiessling (43)
G Castro (87)


Mainz 2

A Szalai (58)
M Risse (76)

Leverkusen rescue a point

Last Updated: 20/10/12 7:38pm

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Leverkusen scored late to snatch a point

Leverkusen scored late to snatch a point

Gonzalo Castro's late goal rescued a point for Bayer Leverkusen after they had squandered a half-time lead at home to Mainz.

Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen the lead in the 40th minute but Adam Szalai equalised for Mainz in the 58th minute and Marcel Risse pushed them 2-1 ahead after 76 minutes.

But Castro picked up the equaliser for Leverkusen in the 87th minute to earn them their 12th point of the season, while Mainz moved to 11.

Leverkusen missed two chances early on as Mainz keeper Christian Wetklo made a good save from Michal Kadlec's attempt in the 10th minute and Kiessling could not connect cleanly with Karim Bellarabi's cross a minute later.

Leverkusen went close yet again after 27 minutes but Andre Schurrle could not beat Wetklo one on one.

Mainz finally threatened the Leverkusen goal in the 33rd minute but Andreas Ivanschitz's drive went inches wide of the right post.

The hosts went ahead two minutes before the break as Daniel Carvajal looped a pass from the right side over a Mainz defender to Kiessling, whose header barely crossed the line before Wetklo could stop it.

Mainz equalised after 58 minutes with Zdenek Pospech sending a long diagonal ball from the right wing into the box where Szalai artistically volleyed past Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno.

Mainz grabbed the lead with 14 minutes to play as Carvajal lost the ball in defence and Szalai passed ahead to Risse, who finished first-time into the bottom left corner to make it 2-1.

But Leverkusen rescued at least a point with the equaliser in the 87th minute. The unlucky Wetklo made a great save from Kiessling and got back up into position but could not stop Castro's fierce follow-up just inside the far left post.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23