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Bruchwegstadion (ATT 31,000) 9th March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Meyer

Mainz Mainz vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

Mainz 1

A Ivanschitz (pen 61)


Leverkusen beaten by Mainz

Last Updated: 09/03/13 5:54pm

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Andreas Ivanschitz scored the winning goal

Andreas Ivanschitz scored the winning goal

Bayer Leverkusen passed up the chance to move above second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this afternoon as they lost at Mainz.

Andreas Ivanschitz netted the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 61st minute to lift the hosts to sixth spot.

The win ended a run of four straight draws for Mainz, who have lost just once in the last nine matches, while Leverkusen saw their four-match unbeaten streak ended and remained a point adrift of champions Dortmund, who went down 2-1 at Schalke.

Leverkusen had the first chance after 10 minutes but Michal Kadlec headed over.

Mainz went closer to finding the breakthrough two minutes later but Adam Szalai's blast crashed against the crossbar.

Leverkusen were dangerous again in the 26th minute as Stefan Kiessling ran onto a long ball from Daniel Carvajal but could not beat Mainz goalkeeper Christian Wetklo.

Another opportunity arrived for the visitors 11 minutes after the break but Wetklo fended away Kiessling's attempt and Lars Bender lashed the rebound wide.

The deadlock was broken just after the hour mark when Ivanschitz coolly despatched his left-footed spot-kick into the bottom-right corner after Manuel Friedrich was ruled to have handled the ball in the box.

The match grew a bit tetchy in the closing stages, with three yellow cards shown for dissent - to Mainz duo Szalai and Nikolce Noveski and Leverkusen's Friedrich - in the space of three minutes late on.

Leverkusen had one final chance in the 89th minute but Carvajal's low long-range shot following a corner was superbly saved by Wetklo.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
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 23 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 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19