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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 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