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BayArena Staduim (ATT 28,767) 19th January 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt

Leverkusen 3

S Boenisch (31)
S Kiessling (33)
A Schurrle (58)

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Frankfurt 1

A Meier (78)

Trouble mars Leverkusen win

Last Updated: 19/01/13 5:37pm

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Stefan Kiessling scores for the hosts

Stefan Kiessling scores for the hosts

Bayer Leverkusen kept up their pursuit of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich but their 3-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt was marred by crowd trouble.

Visiting fans lit flares and fireworks after 15 minutes to prompt an unscheduled break in the game, as the players were taken off the pitch.

Leverkusen returned to the field to provide pyrotechnics of their own with goals from Sebastian Boenisch and Stefan Kiessling.

Andre Schurrle made it 3-0 in the 58th minute before Alexander Meier grabbed a late consolation for Armin Veh's men, who remain fourth in the table.

Kiessling was the Bundesliga's top goalscorer in 2012 with 25 strikes during the year. And coming into the game, his 12 goals this season meant he was at the top of the current goalscoring charts.

After just 45 seconds, he had the chance to carry on his rich vein of goalscoring form, but Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp denied him.

The game was then disrupted when visiting fans lit flares and sent fireworks raining down onto the pitch, with the referee taking the teams off.

The break lasted nearly 10 minutes before the teams re-emerged, and the home team had a little more swagger about them.

Gonzalo Castro's long-distance effort on the half-hour mark was pushed away by Trapp for a corner, which led to the opening goal.

Kiessling's header was cleared by Marco Russ, but only as far as Boenisch, who shot instinctively and managed to get enough on the ball to beat Trapp, who got his fingertips to it but could not keep it out.

Leverkusen were two up just over a minute later when Castro and Kiessling both broke free, and the former waited before setting up his team-mate for his first goal of 2013.

Castro appeared desperate to get his own name on the scoresheet and he nearly did in the 51st minute with a direct free-kick which Trapp again pushed behind for a corner, this time without any further consequences.

Only seven minutes passed before Leverkusen scored a third with Kiessling this time the provider for Schurrle to slot the ball inside the near post.

Frankfurt pulled a goal back through their top goalscorer Meier in the 78th minute, who popped up as he so often does behind the strikers to pounce on a short clearance from Philipp Wollscheid.

It was nothing more than a consolation, though, as Leverkusen earned revenge for defeat to Frankfurt on the opening day of the season, and ensured the gap between themselves and league leaders Bayern Munich remained unchanged at nine points.

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Table

German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
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 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25