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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 40,800) 17th August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Zwayer

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

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Schwaab error costs Stuttgart

Last Updated: 17/08/13 6:35pm

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Bayer Leverkusen celebrate at Stuttgart

Bayer Leverkusen celebrate at Stuttgart

A Daniel Schwaab own goal condemned Stuttgart to a second straight defeat and gave Bayer Leverkusen a second consecutive win at the start of the season.

Schwaab turned the ball into his own goal in the 42nd minute and Leverkusen subsequently defended their lead stoutly to claim the victory.

Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia named an unchanged side to the one that defeated Freiburg 3-1 a week ago while for Stuttgart, the loss of the injured Serdar Tasci saw Schwaab moved into the centre of the defence and Cristian Molinaro start at left full-back.

Their task was to keep last season's top goalscorer Stefan Kiessling quiet, yet he had two decent opportunities in the opening three minutes.

Fortunately for the Stuttgart rearguard, goalkeeper Sven Ulreich was on hand both times to prevent Kiessling from scoring his third goal in as many games this season, including the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

Stuttgart did not give the impression of being the home side as Leverkusen took the game to them, Ulreich again coming to the hosts' rescue before Sidney Sam hit the post.

A goal was looming and it arrived three minutes before half-time with Schwaab inadvertently turning Sebastian Boenisch's low cross into his own goal at the near post.

Cacau was sent on by Labbadia at the start of the second half as Stuttgart had to chase the game.

There was more verve about their play, but like in Mainz a week ago, they were unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

The closest they came was in the 82nd minute when Christian Gentner's shot flew wide and the end of the game was greeted by a chorus of whistles from the fans.

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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