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BayArena Staduim (ATT 22,000) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Schmidt

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Leverkusen 2

S Kiessling (26)
L Bender (75)

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FC Augsburg 1

S Molders (89)

Bayer Leverkusen end three-game drought

Last Updated: 16/02/13 7:51pm

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Lars Bender and Marcel de Jong battle for possession

Lars Bender and Marcel de Jong battle for possession

Bayer Leverkusen snapped a three-game winless streak with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over relegation-threatened Augsburg to remain in the running for second place in the Bundesliga.

Stefan Kiessling opened the scoring for Leverkusen in the 26th minute and Lars Bender doubled their advantage 15 minutes from time.

Sascha Molders made things interesting by pulling a goal back for the visitors in the 89th minute, but they could not force an equaliser.

The result lifted Leverkusen to within 16 points of leaders Bayern Munich, and meant Augsburg remained second-bottom after suffering their first loss since the winter break.

Leverkusen had the first chance of the match after 12 minutes when Augsburg midfielder Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker deflected Daniel Carvajal's cross towards his own goal, but Augsburg goalkeeper Alexander Manninger made a good save.

The hosts did grab the lead 14 minutes later, though. Gonzalo Castro's free-kick found Kiessling, whose header flew in off the right post - his 15th goal of the season.

Augsburg went close in the 34th minute, but Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno blocked Tobias Werner's shot.

Leverkusen had an opportunity to make it 2-0 a minute later, but Manninger did well to fend away Sidney Sam's shot.

The visitors were within inches of getting back on level terms in the 66th minute through Ji Dong-Won's curling free-kick, which cleared the wall only to drift narrowly wide.

Augsburg missed two further chances in the 74th minute, Leno parrying Michael Parkhurst's blast and Andre Hahn lashing the rebound over the bar.

And moments later Leverkusen had their breathing space. Manninger blocked Andre Schurrle's attempt but the ball fell kindly for Kiessling, who fed Bender to slot home.

To their credit, Augsburg did not give up and halved the deficit a minute from the end when Molders latched onto Hahn's pass and fired home from six yards, but it was not enough to deny Leverkusen the three points.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15

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