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BayArena (ATT 25,503) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz Mainz

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More woe for Leverkusen

Last Updated: 01/03/14 5:58pm

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Emre Can takes a tumble

Emre Can takes a tumble

Bayer Leverkusen's miserable run of form continued as they lost their third straight Bundesliga game, going down 1-0 at home to Mainz.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting's 27th-minute backheel was enough to earn Thomas Tuchel's men all three points and keep their hopes alive of playing in Europe next season, while denting Leverkusen's Champions League aspirations.

With Dortmund beating Nurnberg, Leverkusen dropped to third.

It was also their fifth defeat in just over two weeks, having also lost in the DFB-Pokal and Champions League.

Shinji Okazaki almost put Mainz in front in the 29th minute when a cross from the right from Choupo-Moting was helped on by Park Joo-ho to the Japanese forward, who placed his shot straight at Bernd Leno from point-blank range.

Mainz did take the lead in the 37th minute, with the danger again coming down their right.

Stefan Bell's cross was turned in from six yards by Choupo-Moting, who with his back to goal, guided the ball into the far corner with a delightful backheel for his seventh goal of the season.

Loris Karius came to Mainz's rescue just before half-time when he saved from Son Heung-min's header, denying the South Korean again early in the second half.

Stefan Kiessling was sent on with half-an-hour to go and he almost immediately tested Karius from a tight angle.

Julian Brandt wasted another chance as Sami Hyypia's men surged forwards in search of an equaliser, but when Eren Derdiyok headed straight into the arms of Karius, it was clear it was not going to be their day once again.

Mainz almost made it two on a counter-attack, but enough damage had already been done.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 76
2 Wolfsburg 30 61
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 57
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 55
5 Schalke 30 42
6 FC Augsburg 30 42
7 Hoffenheim 30 40
8 Borussia Dortmund 30 39
9 Werder Bremen 30 39
10 Mainz 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 36
12 Cologne 30 35
13 Hertha Berlin 30 34
14 SC Freiburg 30 30
15 Hannover 96 30 29
16 Hamburg 30 28
17 SC Paderborn 07 30 28
18 Stuttgart 30 27