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BayArena Staduim (ATT 30,210) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: D Aytekin

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

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S Kiessling (pen 35)

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Leverkusen close on CL spot

Last Updated: 27/04/13 5:45pm

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Stefan Kiessling scored the only goal for Bayer Leverkusen

Stefan Kiessling scored the only goal for Bayer Leverkusen

Stefan Kiessling's first-half penalty saw Bayer Leverkusen edge past strugglers Werder Bremen 1-0 and take another huge step towards securing a spot in next season's Champions League.

Leverkusen are now unbeaten in five Bundesliga matches to sit 10 points clear of Schalke, and they will be assured of a top-three finish if the Gelsenkirchen club fail to take a point against Hamburg tomorrow.

Bremen, however, are without a victory in 10 and remain perilously close to the relegation zone with just three matches to escape.

The home side had the opening chance after four minutes as Daniel Carvajal crossed into the centre of the area, where Kiessling headed wide.

However, they grabbed the lead in the 35th minute from the spot, with Kiessling slotting the ball into the bottom right corner just out of the reach of goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz, who had fouled Sidney Sam in the box to concede the penalty.

The goal was Kiessling's 22nd of the campaign and moved him level with the club's record top goalscorer in a season, Ulf Kirsten, who notched 22 goals in both 1996-97 and 1997-98.

Leverkusen continued to push forward for a second goal but Philipp Wollscheid headed wide from six yards out seven minutes into the second half.

Andre Schurrle's shot from distance then went just over the crossbar for the hosts after an hour.

Bremen finally had a chance to pull level after 69 minutes but Nils Petersen headed wide of the right post.

And the visitors came close again three minutes later as Zlatko Junuzovic pounced on a mistake by Wollscheid, but Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno made a fine save.

Lars Bender had the opportunity to settle the match for good for Leverkusen on a counter attack in the final minute, but he pushed his shot past the left post.

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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