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Weserstadion (ATT 37,231) 28th November 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: T Kinhofer

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

W Bremen 1

N Petersen (54)


Leverkusen 4

G Castro (31, 52)
S Rolfes (74)
J Hegeler (79)

Leverkusen up to second

Last Updated: 28/11/12 9:49pm

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Leverkusen celebrate an emphatic away-day success

Leverkusen celebrate an emphatic away-day success

Bayer Leverkusen moved up to second in the Bundesliga with an emphatic 4-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Gonzalo Castro scored either side of half-time to put the visitors in control and, even though Nils Petersen quickly pulled one back, Simon Rolfes restored Leverkusen's two-goal cushion in the 74th minute.

Jens Hegeler ended any lingering Bremen hopes with a fourth in the 79th minute as Leverkusen claimed their fifth win in six games to emerge as runaway leaders Bayer Munich's closest challengers.

Leverkusen started brightly and had a chance in the eighth minute, but Andre Schurrle's attempt went just wide of the left post.

At the other end and Bremen's Niclas Fullkrug's attempt from eight yards was blocked by Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak.

The visitors went ahead in the 31st minute. Stefan Kiessling passed to Daniel Carvajal, whose shot was stopped by Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz, but the loose ball went to Castro, who blasted home low into the corner of the empty net.

Bremen nearly equalised six minutes later, but Aaron Hunt's shot went just wide.

Leverkusen doubled their lead in the 52nd minute as Lars Bender fed a perfect ball through to Castro, who raced past four defenders and struck his left-footed shot past Mielitz.

Bremen pulled a goal back two minutes later with Hunt crossing from the right and Petersen heading past Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno and into the corner.

Rolfes made it 3-1 after 74 minutes. Kiessling's attempt was blocked by Mielitz, but the striker headed the ball into the path of the Leverkusen captain, who hit it home.

And Hegeler put the match to bed five minutes later, running on to a Schurrle through-ball and beating Mielitz inside the right post.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
12 Hannover 96 31 35
13 Werder Bremen 30 33
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25