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BayArena Staduim (ATT 28,000) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: D Aytekin

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburg Hamburg

Leverkusen 3

S Kiessling (27, 66)
A Schurrle (36)

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Three and easy for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 15/12/12 6:11pm

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Leverkusen had three goals to celebrate

Leverkusen had three goals to celebrate

Bayer Leverkusen kept up their pursuit of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by reducing the deficit to nine points with a comfortable home win over Hamburg.

Two goals from the league's top scorer Stefan Kiessling and one from Andre Schurrle earned the side coached by Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski all three points, guaranteeing them second spot going into 2013.

Hamburg, who went on a trip to South America following their 2-0 win over Hoffenheim last weekend, showed more than a few signs of tiredness as they were unable to match their high-flying hosts.

Leverkusen had the chance to take the lead in the third minute when Schurrle hit the left post with only Rene Adler to beat.

It was an indication of things to come for Adler, who was in for a very busy 90 minutes against his former club.

Simon Rolfes tested him with a shot from distance before Kiessling found a way through in the 26th minute. Schurrle's cross was touched on delicately but decisively by Gonzalo Castro to find the Bundesliga's top scorer for 2012, who netted his 10th of the current campaign and his 24th of the calendar year.

Leverkusen's celebrations were almost cut short when Artjoms Rudnevs headed against the post at the other end, but instead they were amplified when Schurrle made it two in the 36th minute.

It was a fast move involving Jens Hegeler and Kiessling, with Schurrle keeping up the pace to beat Michael Mancienne and then touch the ball past Adler off the inside of the post.

Leverkusen struck the woodwork once again in the 65th minute with Castro's shot crashing against the crossbar.

The home side were in buoyant mood and they added a third a minute later when Kiessling lifted the ball over Adler from Bernd Leno's long punt forwards.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 76
2 Wolfsburg 31 62
3 Bayer Leverkusen 31 58
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 57
5 Schalke 31 45
6 FC Augsburg 31 43
7 Werder Bremen 31 42
8 Hoffenheim 31 41
9 Borussia Dortmund 31 40
10 Mainz 30 37
11 Cologne 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 36
13 Hertha Berlin 30 34
14 SC Paderborn 07 31 31
15 SC Freiburg 31 30
16 Hannover 96 31 30
17 Hamburg 30 28
18 Stuttgart 31 27