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BayArena Staduim (ATT 27,058) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: W Stark

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

Leverkusen 2

S Kiessling (pen 82)
L Bender (86)

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Stuttgart 1

V Ibisevic (pen 12)

Late victory for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 02/03/13 7:50pm

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Bender heads in Leverkusen's late winner

Bender heads in Leverkusen's late winner

Two late goals snatched a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat for Bayer Leverkusen against Stuttgart at the BayArena.

Vedad Ibisevic's penalty had put the Swabians ahead in the 12th minute and it seemed like that would be enough to lift Bruno Labbadia's men into 11th place in the Bundesliga, but a penalty from Stefan Kiessling brought Leverkusen back on level terms 10 minutes from the end.

Lars Bender then completed the turnaround, earning Leverkusen all three points to establish a seven-point cushion above fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt in the hunt for a place in the Champions League next season.

Stuttgart were gifted the lead when Philipp Wollscheid fouled Ibisevic inside the box, and the Bosnian converted from the spot.

The game then became defined by a clear pattern as Leverkusen searched intently for an equaliser.

Kiessling was denied three times by a mixture of Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and defender Serdar Tasci as it looked like it would be a frustrating night for the home team.

Stuttgart gained more courage in the second half and missed a few chances to put the game beyond their hosts, and they were punished in the 81st minute.

Cristian Molinaro handled the ball inside the penalty area, allowing Kiessling to score his 16th goal of the season and bring Leverkusen level at 1-1.

Just a few minutes later, Kiessling's header was saved by goalkeeper Ulreich, but Bender was on hand to nod in Leverkusen's second goal and clinch all the points.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 22 47
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 37
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 22 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 22 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19