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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 12 30
2 Wolfsburg 12 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 20
4 Bayer Leverkusen 12 20
5 Hannover 96 12 19
6 FC Augsburg 12 18
7 Schalke 12 17
8 Hoffenheim 12 17
9 Mainz 12 16
10 SC Paderborn 07 12 16
11 Cologne 12 15
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 15
13 Hertha Berlin 12 14
14 SC Freiburg 12 12
15 Hamburg 12 12
16 Borussia Dortmund 12 11
17 Werder Bremen 12 10
18 Stuttgart 12 9