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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 30,000) 4th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

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Leverkusen 2

O Toprak (26)
S Kiessling (pen 62)

Leverkusen into Champions League

Last Updated: 04/05/13 6:09pm

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Schurrle skips past Frantz

Schurrle skips past Frantz

Stefan Kiessling scored against his former employers to break a new club goalscoring record and take Bayer Leverkusen into the Champions League next season with a 2-0 win at Nurnberg.

Omer Toprak's first Bundesliga goal also helped Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski's men clinch at least third place in the Bundesliga, rendering Sidney Sam's late penalty miss only cosmetic.

Nurnberg once again missed the chance to break through the 40-point barrier, although they were at least able to celebrate mathematical safety with two games of the season to spare.

Both sides had good early chances with Niklas Stark striking the outside of the post for Nurnberg, albeit after the ball had already crossed the goal line, and Andre Schurrle shot just wide from a tight angle.

The chances continued to fall at both ends with Stefan Reinartz setting up Sebastian Boenisch, whose shot missed the goal by inches.

Alexander Esswein's distance effort gave Bernd Leno a handful in the 17th minute with the Leverkusen custodian somehow managing to turn the ball behind.

Leverkusen took the lead in the 26th minute with Toprak's first Bundesliga goal in his 89th appearance.

His powerful point-blank header left Raphael Schafer no chance as he met Gonzalo Castro's pinpoint cross to break the deadlock.

He almost did the same again from a corner in the 33rd minute, but his effort missed the target.

Just before half-time, Leno denied Nurnberg an equaliser with a fine one-armed save to turn Esswein's shot over the crossbar with Stark heading the ball wide from the resulting corner.

Sam lifted an effort over Schafer, but onto the roof of the net early in the second half before sending another shot just over the crossbar as Leverkusen looked to finish off their hosts.

They did that in the 62nd minute when Per Nilsson handled the ball in the area and a penalty was given.

Kiessling stepped up to score his 23rd goal of the season, making him Leverkusen's record goalscorer for a single season, breaking a record he shared with Ulf Kirsten.

The Germany striker was still on the field, but not on the spot in the 81st minute when Leverkusen were awarded another penalty.

Instead, Sam stepped up, but he struck the left-hand post and, almost as a punishment for the way in which he had stolen the ball off Kiessling to take the penalty, he was substituted with Daniel Schwaab coming on.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
12 Hannover 96 31 35
13 Werder Bremen 30 33
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25