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Leverkusen close on leaders Dortmund

Published: Sunday 20 March 2011, 17.30CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen have trimmed the gap at the Bundesliga summit to seven points after seeing off FC Schalke 04 2-0, while VfL Wolfsburg were denied victory late on by VfB Stuttgart.
Leverkusen close on leaders Dortmund
Eren Derdiyok (left) celebrates his opener for Leverkusen ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 20 March 2011, 17.30CET

Leverkusen close on leaders Dortmund

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have trimmed the gap at the Bundesliga summit to seven points after seeing off FC Schalke 04 2-0, while VfL Wolfsburg were denied victory late on by VfB Stuttgart.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have cut the gap at the Bundesliga summit to seven points after defeating FC Schalke 04 2-0.

With Felix Magath's replacement Ralf Rangnick not due to lead Schalke into action until after the international break, it was left to interim coach Seppo Eichkorn to oversee the trip to second-placed Leverkusen. He and the UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists came away empty-handed, however, as their opponents proved keen to profit from Saturday's 1-1 draw between leaders Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Eren Derdiyok put the hosts ahead with a superb long-range effort after 19 minutes, and Leverkusen quickly doubled their advantage when Schalke centre-back Christoph Metzelder headed past his own goalkeeper eight minutes later.

At the other end of the table, VfL Wolfsburg missed out on the chance to move out of the relegation zone after conceding an added-time equaliser at VfB Stuttgart. The visitors took the lead through Grafite (39), but Georg Niedermeier (90+4) made it a disappointing return to the Wolfsburg helm for Magath, whose side remain two points behind Stuttgart in 17th place.

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20/03/2011

StuttgartStuttgart1-1WolfsburgWolfsburg

Niedermeier 90+4

Grafite 39

Venue: Stuttgart

20/03/2011

LeverkusenLeverkusen2-0SchalkeSchalke

Derdiyok 19, Metzelder 27 (o.g.)

Venue: Leverkusen

19/03/2011

DortmundDortmund1-1MainzMainz

Hummels 8

Slišković 89

Venue: Dortmund

19/03/2011

HamburgHamburg6-2KölnKöln

Ben-Hatira 32, Petrić 12, 38, 43, Kačar 52, Zé Roberto 58 (p)

Jajalo 50, Podolski 62

Venue: Hamburg

19/03/2011

NürnbergNürnberg1-3BremenBremen

Gündogan 30

Pizarro 50, Wagner 27 (p), 89 (p)

Venue: Nürnberg

19/03/2011

EintrachtEintracht2-1St PauliSt Pauli

Gekas 34 (p), 77

Takyi 42

Venue: Frankfurt am Main

19/03/2011

HannoverHannover2-0HoffenheimHoffenheim

Konan Ya 38, Abdellaoue 53

Venue: Hannover

19/03/2011

FreiburgFreiburg1-2BayernBayern

Cissé 17

Gomez 9, Ribéry 88

Venue: Freiburg

18/03/2011

MönchengladbachMönchengladbach0-1KaiserslauternKaiserslautern

Bailly 61 (o.g.)

Venue: Monchengladbach

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