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BayArena Staduim 16th March 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: P Gagelmann

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

Leverkusen 1

S Rolfes (75)

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Bay Munich 2

M Gomez (37)
P Wollscheid (og 87)

Bayern gain revenge on Leverkusen

Last Updated: 16/03/13 8:15pm

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David Alaba celebrates with Bastian Schweinsteiger

David Alaba celebrates with Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich gained revenge for a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen by winning the reverse fixture by the same scoreline at the BayArena.

Mario Gomez put Jupp Heynckes' side in front, but they needed a rather fortunate own goal from Philipp Wollscheid to win the game late on after Simon Rolfes had brought the hosts level.

The win restores Bayern's 20-point cushion at the top of the table with only eight games of the season left while Leverkusen now trail second-placed Borussia Dortmund by four points and remain six clear of Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke in fourth.

Bayern played with a weakened side as Heynckes gave rests to captain Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic.

Gomez was chosen to lead the attack, and he put Bayern in front in the 37th minute, taking Xherdan Shaqiri's pass down on his chest before beating Sebastian Boenisch and poking the ball past Bernd Leno.

It was a deserved lead for the visitors after Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng had also gone close.

Sidney Sam, whose goal decided affairs at the Allianz Arena, was sent on by Bayer's joint coaches Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski, and he gave the hosts a boost with a shot which tested Manuel Neuer and gave the home team belief.

They drew level in the 75th minute when Rolfes arrived at the far post to head in Gonzalo Castro's corner, which had been nodded on by Boenisch.

It looked like it would be enough to earn Leverkusen a draw, but when Wollscheid unwittingly diverted Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick into his own goal, Bayern's 22nd win of the season was completed, leaving them just four points away from sealing the title.

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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