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BayArena (ATT 29,377) 13th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Stieler

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin Hertha

Leverkusen 2

S Kiessling (1)
J Brandt (24)


Hertha 1

S Wagner (38)

Bayer Leverkusen back on track

Last Updated: 13/04/14 5:25pm

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Peter Pekarik can't get ahead of Stefan Kiessling

Peter Pekarik can't get ahead of Stefan Kiessling

Bayer Leverkusen got back to winning ways under their new coach Sascha Lewandowski, moving back up to fourth in the Bundesliga thanks to a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Stefan Kiessling's goal after 39 seconds gave Leverkusen a dream start in their first game since Sami Hyypia was shown the door last weekend.

Young striker Julian Brandt added a second before Sandro Wagner pulled a goal back.

Leverkusen's lead was rarely in danger, though, as they held on for only their second win in 10 games to return to fourth in the table, and get back on course for a place in the Champions League next season.

Lewandowski's reign could hardly have got off to a better start when Kiessling met Giulio Donati's cross from the right to head the hosts in front after just 39 seconds.

It was the confidence boost Leverkusen so dearly needed, and they proceeded to put Berlin under intense pressure, Gonzalo Castro going close with a volley from the edge of the area.

Sebastian Boenisch almost added a second when he rattled the crossbar with Thomas Kraft well beaten.

The woodwork was then struck at the other end by Anis Ben-Hatira before Leverkusen's 17-year-old forward Brandt added a second.

He latched onto Heung-Min Son's cross to lob Kraft in the 24th minute.

Berlin pulled a goal back, although there was more than a hint of offside as Wagner got his head to Tolga Cigerci's free-kick to deflect the ball into the far corner.

A more powerful header by Wagner missed the target moments later, but aside from a Sami Allagui effort in the second half, that was as close as Jos Luhukay's men came to equalising.

Leverkusen had chances to seal victory with a third, but it was ultimately not required as they picked up three points to move back above Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

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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 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15