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Borussia-Park (ATT 46,010) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

M'gladbach 3

M Stranzl (44)
L de Jong (58)
P Herrmann (86)

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Leverkusen 3

S Sam (52)
S Kiessling (60)
A Schurrle (64)

Leverkusen held in six-goal thriller

Last Updated: 09/02/13 5:37pm

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Sidney Sam after hauling Leverkusen back level

Sidney Sam after hauling Leverkusen back level

Bayer Leverkusen missed the chance to go second in the Bundesliga as Patrick Herrmann grabbed a late equaliser for Borussia Monchengladbach.

Gladbach twice pulled ahead through Martin Stranzl and Luuk de Jong in the 44th and 58th minutes but Leverkusen equalised through Sidney Sam in the 52nd minute and Stefan Kiessling on the hour.

Andre Schurrle gave Leverkusen the lead for the first time in the 64th minute only to see Herrmann equalise for Gladbach four minutes from time.

Leverkusen moved to 38 points, one behind second-placed Dortmund, while Gladbach inched up to 30 in the fight for European qualification.

Leverkusen were the more attacking team early on, with Gonzalo Castro shooting just wide in the second minute and Schurrle's attempt sailing just over the bar a minute later.

Lars Bender could not beat Gladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen one-on-one in the ninth minute and Kiessling was denied a penalty after a questionable tackle by Stranzl on the quarter-hour mark.

Leverkusen put the ball in the goal in the 35th minute but Schurrle's strike was disallowed for offside.

Gladbach's first chance came in the 44th minute and brought the opening goal as Havard Nordtveit's corner from the right side was turned in by Stranzl with his shoulder.

Leverkusen did not wait long to equalise as Sam had plenty of space to strike a left-foot shot from the edge of the area after Schurrle and Kiessling drew the defence.

Gladbach regained the lead in the 59th minute with Juan Arango crossing from the left and de Jong heading home from 10 yards out.

Leverkusen equalised again a minute later when Sebastian Boenisch crossed from the left to a wide open Kiessling, who pushed home his 100th Bundesliga goal.

And the visitors took the lead for the first time in the 64th minute with Castro playing a through-ball to Schurrle, who finished into the left corner.

But Gladbach found an equaliser from a late set-piece, with Roel Brouwers getting his head on Arango's free-kick before Herrmann headed home from less than a yard out.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25