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Bayern beat Leverkusen for ninth straight win

Published: Saturday 16 March 2013, 20.47CET
FC Bayern München won 2-1 at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen to maintain their 20-point lead, while Borussia Dortmund recovered from their derby setback in emphatic style.

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Published: Saturday 16 March 2013, 20.47CET

Bayern beat Leverkusen for ninth straight win

FC Bayern München won 2-1 at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen to maintain their 20-point lead, while Borussia Dortmund recovered from their derby setback in emphatic style.

FC Bayern München maintained their excellent domestic run and their near-unassailable 20-point advantage atop the Bundesliga standings with a 2-1 win at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The result did not come easily, however, despite Mario Gomez giving Bayern the lead before half-time in stunning fashion – skilfully taking out two defenders before slotting in his fourth goal in four league games. Simon Rolfes levelled with 15 minutes to go, but Leverkusen suffered late heartache as Philipp Wollscheid put the ball past his own goalkeeper to hand Bayern their ninth straight win.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund bounced back from last week's Revierderby defeat by FC Schalke 04 with an emphatic 5-1 victory over SC Freiburg – despite going behind at BVB Stadion Dortmund. Prolific striker Robert Lewandowski hit his 18th and 19th goals of the season and on-loan midfielder Nuri Şahin also struck during a breathless four minutes before the break. Nuri completed his own double with 18 minutes remaining before young Leon Bittencourt scored his first Dortmund goal to finish the scoring.

After UEFA Champions League elimination on Tuesday, Schalke's week did not improve as they surprisingly fell 3-0 at 1. FC Nürnberg, while an Aaron Hunt penalty in each half helped SV Werder Bremen draw 2-2 with SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

Elsewhere, Hamburger SV had Maximillian Beister sent off in a 1-0 home loss to FC Augsburg, and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs 1. FSV Mainz 05 finished goalless.

Last updated: 04/12/13 6.22CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 19/03/2013 18:15 CET

16/03/2013

LeverkusenLeverkusen1-2BayernBayern

Rolfes 75

Gomez 37, Wollscheid 87 (o.g.)

Venue: Leverkusen

16/03/2013

NürnbergNürnberg3-0SchalkeSchalke

Feulner 31, Esswein 69, Frantz 87

Venue: Nürnberg

16/03/2013

HoffenheimHoffenheim0-0MainzMainz

Venue: Sinsheim

16/03/2013

DortmundDortmund5-1FreiburgFreiburg

Lewandowski 41, 45+1, Nuri Şahin 44, 72, Bittencourt 78

Schmid 28

Venue: Dortmund

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HamburgHamburg0-1AugsburgAugsburg

Callsen-Bracker 8

Venue: Hamburg

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BremenBremen2-2FürthFürth

Hunt 47 (P), 70 (P)

Fürstner 56, Petsos 62

Venue: Bremen

15/03/2013

WolfsburgWolfsburg1-1DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

Olić 51

Bolly 37

Venue: Wolfsburg

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