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(ATT 53,000) 30th March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Zwayer

F Dusseldorf Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

F Dusseldorf 1

D Schwaab (og 41)

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Leverkusen 4

S Kiessling (22, 88)
A Schurrle (62, 84)

Leverkusen cement fourth spot

Last Updated: 30/03/13 7:15pm

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Stefan Kiessling: Netted twice in Leverkusen win

Stefan Kiessling: Netted twice in Leverkusen win

Bayer Leverkusen cemented third spot in the Bundesliga with a convincing 4-1 away win at Fortuna Dusseldorf in a Rhine derby at the Dusseldorf Arena.

Two goals apiece for Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle ensured Leverkusen kept pace with second-placed Borussia Dortmund and maintained a six-point cushion over Schalke in fourth to remain on course for a place in the Champions League next season.

An own goal from Daniel Schwaab was all Fortuna had to show for a spirited performance which ended in a crushing defeat and left them still only five points clear of the drop zone.

Leverkusen took the lead when Leon Balogun fouled Sidney Sam inside the penalty area and Kiessling converted from the spot for his 17th goal of the season.

Robbie Kruse and Robert Tesche both went close as Fortuna responded well, getting a deserved equaliser in the 41st minute.

Kruse's low cross was met by Schwaab, who in trying to clear in front of Stefan Reisinger, only managed to turn the ball into his own goal.

The goal gave Fortuna confidence and they took the game to their guests, but like in the first half, it was Leverkusen who took the lead against the run of play.

Sam's shot was deflected out to Schurrle, who drilled the ball in to give Leverkusen the lead in the 62nd minute.

The game remained on a knife-edge until the 84th minute when Kiessling teed up Schurrle to double Leverkusen's advantage and end Fortuna's hopes of finding a second equaliser.

Kiessling round off the win in the 88th minute with his 18th goal of the season after being set up inside the penalty area by Daniel Carvajal.

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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