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BayArena (ATT 27,395) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: D Drees

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

Leverkusen 3

H Son (36, 76)
S Kiessling (47)


Nurnberg 0

Three and easy for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 30/11/13 6:11pm

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Stefan Kiessling and Lars Bender celebrate for the hosts

Stefan Kiessling and Lars Bender celebrate for the hosts

Heung-Min Son scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from their midweek defeat in the Champions League to maintain their pursuit of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over winless Nurnberg.

Son scored the first and the last of the goals at the BayArena with Stefan Kiessling also on target with his ninth of the season.

The result leaves Leverkusen four points behind Bayern at the top of the table while Nurnberg remain in a share of bottom spot, three points adrift of safety.

Nurnberg, still searching for their first win of the season at the 14th attempt, were keen to capitalise on any insecurity Leverkusen had after their 5-0 defeat to Manchester United in midweek.

The Bavarians allowed their hosts little time on the ball, and they were close to taking the lead in the 19th minute when Makoto Hasebe struck the left-hand post with a powerful effort.

It was probably a sign of their misfortune this season that it was already the 13th time they have hit the woodwork without the ball ending up in the back of the net this season, and the second time for the Japanese midfielder.

Leverkusen, still seemingly suffering a hangover from Wednesday's humiliation slowly started to find their feet, and almost with their first real attack of the game, they took the lead.

Hiroshi Kiyotake gave away possession to Gonzalo Castro, who pulled the ball back for Son, who provided an accurate finish into the left-hand corner.

Timothy Chandler warned Leverkusen that they were still in a tight game early in the second half when his shot tested Bernd Leno, but Nurnberg's hopes were effectively ended a minute later when Kiessling scored against his former club.

Jens Hegeler sent the German striker through in a one-on-one situation which he did not waste, slotting the ball past his former team mate Raphael Schafer as if it was a training game.

Son then wrapped up victory for Sami Hyypia's men, Castro once again the provider, setting the South Korean up to beat Schafer with another low shot.

Nurnberg showed some good fighting spirit, testing Leno several times, but failing to find a way of beating the German goalkeeper as they extended their winless start to the season to 14 games.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23