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BayArena Staduim (ATT 22,000) 1st December 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Leverkusen 1

S Kiessling (37)

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Four in a row for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 01/12/12 9:16pm

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Stefan Kiessling celebrates his winning strike

Stefan Kiessling celebrates his winning strike

Bayer Leverkusen remained the closest challengers to Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit after Stefan Kiessling's first-half goal secured three points against Nurnberg on Saturday afternoon.

Kiessling scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute as Leverkusen picked up their fourth win in a row - and sixth in their last seven games - to move onto 30 points.

Nurnberg, who had picked up points in four of their last five matches, remained in the lower echelons on 16 points.

The visitors passed up two chances to take the lead in the first half-hour at the BayArena.

First Timo Gebhart fired just over the bar in the 28th minute after playing a neat one-two with Hiroshi Kiyotake, and then two minutes later Sebastian Polter headed a cross from the right against the underside of the bar with Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno able to pick up the pieces.

Leverkusen showed Nurnberg how it was done in front of goal eight minutes before the interval. Andre Schurrle fed Kiessling, who turned and then struck his shot past Nurnberg keeper Raphael Schafer.

The away team had two more chances shortly after the break but Mike Frantz shot over the bar in the 50th minute and Polter headed over a minute later.

Leverkusen could have put the result beyond doubt in the 82nd minute, but Schafer made a superb save from Simon Rolfes' effort.

The hosts went close one more time three minutes later but Rolfes' blasted cannoned off the right post.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Wolfsburg 31 53
5 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25