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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 40,514) 20th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Fritz

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

Nurnberg 1

M Plattenhardt (26)

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Leverkusen 4

E Spahic (16, 80)
S Boenisch (48)
R Hilbert (87)

Bayer back in top four

Last Updated: 20/04/14 8:14pm

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Nuremberg's Josip Drmic and Leverkusen's Oemer Toprak

Nuremberg's Josip Drmic and Leverkusen's Oemer Toprak

Bayer Leverkusen pushed Nurnberg closer to relegation to the 2. Bundesliga and returned to the top four with a convincing 4-1 win in Bavaria.

Emir Spahic was on target twice for Sascha Lewandowski's men, who were rarely challenged by the Bundesliga strugglers, even if Marwin Plattenhardt brought them level in the 26th minute.

Sebastian Boenisch and Roberto Hilbert wrapped up the win for Leverkusen, who climb back above Wolfsburg into fourth place, which would earn them a place in the Champions League next season.

Leverkusen started as they meant to go on, taking the lead through Spahic's unstoppable volley from 20 yards in the 16th minute, Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer unable to react as the ball flew through a pack of players.

The hosts levelled 10 minutes later when Plattenhardt's free-kick passed everybody on its way into the far corner.

The post came to Nurnberg's rescue when Omer Toprak's header bounced out to safety, but Nurnberg were riding their luck with Boenisch and Stefan Kiessling both going close.

The visitors finally regained the lead early in the second half when Toprak laid the ball off for Boenisch to open his account for the season.

There was no response from Nurnberg this time and it was Leverkusen who looked the more likely to add to their lead.

They did just that when Heung-Min Son took the ball almost the full length of the field before squaring for Spahic, who after scoring his first goal of the season in the first half, netted his second in the 80th minute.

Hilbert then compounded Nurnberg's woes with a fourth goal after Schafer made his first mistake of the match, fumbling Son's shot out to the former Stuttgart man.

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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