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BayArena (ATT 27,819) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Stieler

Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen vs Hertha Berlin Hertha

Leverkusen 4

T Jedvaj (50)
E Spahic (62)
J Brandt (74)
K Bellarabi (86)

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Hertha 2

T Jedvaj (og 24)
J Schieber (60)

German Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen twice came from behind to beat Hertha Berlin 4-2 at the BayArena and maintain their perfect start.

Last Updated: 30/08/14 6:11pm

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Bayer Leverkusen celebrate Julian Brandt's goal

Bayer Leverkusen celebrate Julian Brandt's goal

Bayer Leverkusen twice came from behind to beat Hertha Berlin 4-2 at the BayArena and maintain their perfect start to the new Bundesliga season.

Tin Jedvaj gave Berlin the lead with an own goal, but he made amends to level for Leverkusen five minutes into the second half.

Julian Schieber's third goal of the season restored Berlin's advantage, but the hosts then burst into action with Emir Spahic, Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi all on target to seal a second win in as many games for coach Roger Schmidt.

Leverkusen came into the game as Germany's form team, underlined by their midweek 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.

They had developed a reputation of scoring early too, with a goal in the first 10 minutes of each of their previous four games this season, including Bellarabi's strike after only nine seconds last weekend.

This time, though, they found themselves trailing Hertha in the 24th minute.

Schieber's cross from the right was turned into his own goal by Jedvaj, the on-loan Roma player getting to the ball just before his own goalkeeper.

Leverkusen then rediscovered their scoring habit with Jedvaj levelling five minutes into the second half, making amends for his own goal by picking up Gonzalo Castro's ball, rounding Rune Jarstein and scoring.

They were only on terms for five minutes before a Nico Schulz cross from the left was reached by Bernd Leno, but he only managed to touch the ball on to a plate for Schieber to convert from close range.

Leverkusen's answer was immediate. Hakan Calhanoglu lifted in a free-kick which the unmarked Spahic headed in from close range.

Berlin nearly regained the lead again, but Schieber this time was unable to get a shot in before Leverkusen took charge of proceedings and half-time substitute Brandt scored his third Bundesliga goal.

Bellarabi twisted and turned to make room for a shot which cannoned back off the right-hand post to the Germany Under-19 forward, who converted from close to the penalty spot.

After Jedvaj, he was the second 18-year-old on target for Leverkusen.

Bellarabi then sealed the win four minutes from time with a fine volley from Hakan Calhanoglu's cross.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23

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