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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 11 27
2 Wolfsburg 11 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 11 20
4 Hannover 96 11 19
5 Hoffenheim 11 17
6 Bayer Leverkusen 11 17
7 FC Augsburg 11 15
8 Mainz 11 15
9 SC Paderborn 07 11 15
10 Cologne 11 15
11 Schalke 11 14
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 12
13 SC Freiburg 11 11
14 Hertha Berlin 11 11
15 Borussia Dortmund 11 10
16 Werder Bremen 11 10
17 Hamburg 11 9
18 Stuttgart 11 9