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BayArena Staduim (ATT 28,000) 4th November 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Brych

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Dusseldorf F Dusseldorf

Leverkusen 3

S Sam (16)
A Schurrle (41)
S Rolfes (S/O 65)
G Castro (66)


F Dusseldorf 2

N Rafael (40)
A Bodzek (86)

Leverkusen up to fourth

Last Updated: 04/11/12 7:23pm

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Sidney Sam: Netted the first goal for the hosts

Sidney Sam: Netted the first goal for the hosts

Bayer Leverkusen got the better of Rhineland neighbours Fortuna Dusseldorf by the odd goal in five at the BayArena to move up to fourth in the Bundesliga table.

Sidney Sam, Andre Schurrle and Gonzalo Castro got the goals for the home side with Nando Rafael and Adam Bodzek on target for the visitors, who made life hard for Leverkusen who were reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when Simon Rolfes was sent off.

Dusseldorf's fans will make the 20-mile trip home proud of their team's efforts, but facing the reality of what is becoming a relegation battle in spite of a five-game unbeaten start to their first campaign back in the top flight in 15 years.

The defeat leaves them in 15th place, just two points above the bottom three while Leverkusen are now two points clear of defending champions Borussia Dortmund, nine adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich.

Sam was back in the starting XI for Leverkusen after making an impression, scoring the winning goal as a substitute against Bayern last weekend.

He added to that goal with the opener against Fortuna, lobbing the ball over Fabian Giefer after being picked out to perfection by Stefan Kiessling in the 16th minute.

The visitors levelled in the 40th minute with Axel Bellinghausen's corner headed in by Rafael with the ball taking a deflection on its way past Michael Rensing.

Just a minute later, Leverkusen restored their lead when Sam sent in a cross from the right which was rifled in by Schurrle after Kiessling and Tobias Levels got in each other's way.

Fortuna tried to hit back again in the second half with Dani Schahin shooting into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Rolfes then earned one of the quickest red cards in Bundesliga history as he was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Bodzek less than two minutes after coming on to replace Sam.

Just a minute later, though, Castro put the 10 men in front with Daniel Carvajal racing clear and squaring to his team-mate for an easy finish in the 67th minute.

Bodzek set up a grandstand finish when he reduced the arrears in the 86th minute, but despite laying siege to the Leverkusen goal, Norbert Meier's side were unable to find an equaliser.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25