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BayArena (ATT 25,198) 28th September 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Leverkusen 2

S Rolfes (23)
S Sam (37)


Leverkusen keep up run

Last Updated: 28/09/13 5:53pm

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Simon Rolfes: Celebrates after scoring for Leverkusen

Simon Rolfes: Celebrates after scoring for Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen extended their best ever start to a Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over Hannover at the BayArena.

Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam scored the only goals of the game as Leverkusen warmed up for their Champions League tie with Real Sociedad in midweek with their sixth win in seven Bundesliga matches this season.

The win also gives Sami Hyypia's men a six-point cushion over Hannover, who remain in fourth place, despite losing their third way game of the season.

Hannover's 12 points this season had all been picked up at home with two defeats on their travels, yet they did not show any signs of travel sickness when Bernd Leno pushed Leonardo Bittencourt's cross behind before punching a Szabolcs Huszti free-kick away.

It was a misleading beginning, though, as the hosts soon gained control with Stefan Kiessling going close before Rolfes headed them in front in the 23rd minute, meeting Sam's free-kick from 12 yards out.

Sam made it two in the 37th minute when he reached Heung-Min Son's cross and beat Ron-Robert Zieler with the outside of his left boot.

It was a composed finish which gave Leverkusen a cushion which they did not seem too desperate to add to.

Substitute Robbie Kruse brought a bit more life to their attack when he came on, clearly wanting to stake his claim for a place in Hyypia's starting XI in midweek, while the same could be said for fellow substitute Emre Can.

But the general feeling was Leverkusen were just going through the motions, merely holding onto their two-goal lead as Hannover showed no sign of eating into their lead.

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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 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
8 Hoffenheim 16 23
9 Hannover 96 16 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 16 14