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Bayer holds the competition at a distance

Bayer halt die Konkurrenz auf DistanzBetween Renato Augusto and Andreas Beck-© SID-IMAGES/Getty Images /.

A week after the lamentable performance at Bayern Munich won Bayer Leverkusen somewhat flattering 2-1 against 1899 Hoffenheim and thus held the chasers at distance.

Leverkusen (SID) - Bayer Leverkusen has for the 1: 5-defeat at Bayern Munich operated reparation and supported his demand on a direct Champions League place for next season. A week after the lamentable performance at the German first division won the team of coach of Jupp Heynckes somewhat flattering 2-1 (1: 1) against 1899 Hoffenheim and held 96 on distance Hanover thus Tracker. Hoffenheim lost in the fourth last game under his outgoing coach Marco Pezzaiuoli, however, for the fifth time in a row on foreign place and is still in the no-man's-land of the table.

Hoffenheim, which has never won a League match against the Werkself, went in the 28th minute by Gylfi Sigurdsson in leadership. In the 40th minute, still the lucky 1-1 was Michal Kadlec's corner by Arturo Vidal. 51. Minute Babel a catastrophic failures of Ryan Arturo Vidal then used for the initial guidance for Bayer.

The hosts tried to put although from the beginning, Hoffenheim under pressure before 29.313 spectators, played but much too cumbersome to ensure risk. The guests of the Kraichgau, that far from hiding, had the first opportunity. In the fourth minute, Peniel Mlapa failed Eagle with a shot on goaltender for Rene. Then, Bayer, but took the issue more and more in the hand, which was to last but not least the very courageous Michael Ballack.

The first good opportunity arose for Leverkusen in the 13 minute when Renato Augusto threatened a corner on the short corner, responded the former Bayer goalkeeper Tom Starke in Hoffenheim goal but just fine. After David Alaba seconds earlier had shot a free kick from 20 meters on the Leverkusener gate, Ballack then failed in the 21st minute in a winnable position. Strong saved the 36 minute also against Stefan Kiessling, two minutes later Sigurdsson hit the post on the other side with his shot from the penalty area edge.

In round two, the Leverkusener could implement first rarely what they had made themselves. The tenth season hit by Vidal also brought no security in the Leverkusen game. Sidney Sam forgave the possible 3-1 in the 55th minute, Stefan Kiessling left in the 68 minute a huge opportunity unused, and strong proved his class later with a header by Sami Hyypia again. Hoffenheim brought about in turn hardly good actions in the offensive.

Bayer coach of Jupp Heynckes, who was before returning to Bayern Munich for the last time at a home game on the Leverkusen bench, considered human consequences of the defeat with his future employer. Stefan Reinartz, Hanno Balitsch, Gonzalo Castro and Derdiyok found himself on the substitutes again. For this, Heynckes Hyypia, Kadlec, Lars Bender and Stefan Kiessling sent to from the start in the race.