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BayArena (ATT 28,794) 23rd March 2014 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: D Drees

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Leverkusen 2

S Kiessling (39)
S Rolfes (54)


Hoffenheim 3

S Salihovic (pen 14)
K Volland (40)
A Modeste (89)

Leverkusen drop more points

Last Updated: 23/03/14 6:44pm

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Kevin Volland and Emir Spahic battle for the ball

Kevin Volland and Emir Spahic battle for the ball

Bayer Leverkusen's winless streak was extended to nine matches as Hoffenheim gained revenge for a ghost goal in the reverse fixture with a 3-2 Bundesliga win at the BayArena.

A Sejad Salihovic penalty gave the guests the lead early on, but Stefan Kiessling pulled Leverkusen level.

Kevin Volland immediately restored Hoffenheim's lead, which they took into the break before being pegged back once again by Simon Rolfes.

Anthony Modeste then grabbed a last-gasp winner for Markus Gisdol's side, earning them one of their sweetest wins of the season, particularly in view of what happened in Sinsheim earlier this season.

Back then, a Kiessling header which entered the goal through a hole in the side netting helped Leverkusen to a 2-1 win.

That was clearly still on the Hoffenheim players' minds as they pushed Leverkusen back, taking the lead in the 14th minute from the penalty spot after Roberto Hilbert handled the ball inside the area.

Hoffenheim appeared to be in full control of the game, earning the first jeers from the impatient home fans, but those turned to cheers in the 39th minute when, against the run of play, Kiessling headed Emir Spahic's cross home.

The joy was short lived, though, with Volland sent through by Roberto Firmino and he skipped past Andres Guardado before striking into the far corner.

Leverkusen levelled again in the 54th minute with Rolfes picked out by Lars Bender's backheel after Jens Grahl could only parry Guardado's free-kick.

The hosts almost took the lead within a minute when Omer Toprak's header was tipped over the bar by Grahl with the game opening up.

Either side could have won it, but it was Hoffenheim who took the spoils, and a dose of revenge, only seconds after Eren Derdiyok had wasted Leverkusen's best chance.

Fabian Johnson's cross was an invitation that Modeste was not going to turn down as he sealed the points in dramatic circumstances.

Leverkusen are now six points behind the top three and only two ahead of fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19