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Sam Bayer keeps on course for Champions League

Sam halt Bayer auf Champions-League-KursHe scored the golden goal: Sidney Sam-© SID-IMAGES/Getty Images /.

Thanks to star Sidney Sam Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen holds direct course to the Champions League as best Ruckrunden team. The Werkself beat Kaiserslautern 1-0 (0-0).

Kaiserslautern (SID) - thanks to star Sidney Sam holds direct course to the Champions League Bayer Leverkusen, Bundesliga as best Ruckrunden team, the descent is, however, 1. FC Kaiserslautern: the Palatinate lost 0: 1 (0-0) the Werkself domestic backdrop and finish on 31 points further in the cellar of the table. Leverkusen has seven points ahead of Champions Bayern Munich in third place. Former FCK player Sam scored the winning goal in the 75th minute.

Front 46.050 spectators at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Bayer had major problems with the extremely defensive set Palatines at summer temperatures especially in the first section. The midfield axis with the DFB Captain Michael Ballack standing again in the has rarely put in scene attacker Eren Derdiyok. So it was not until the 31 minute before Arturo Vidal for the first time was with a 23-meter shot for risk before the FCK gate. Immediately before the break Simon Rolfes had must then bring the guests lead, but his header from five metres placed Kaiserslautern keeper Kevin Trapp no problems (44.).

However, the Palatinate over long stretches of the first phase focused on their Konter-and standard situations. After a free kick by Adam Hlousek you Kaiserslautern fans had the door crying already on the lips, but central defender Mathias Abel headed free-standing just above the Leverkusener gate (10.). After the break, the game diminished noticeably. The host wanted to save apparently only the period of the time, the creative moments before Sam surprisingly scored the 1-0 the Leverkusenern were missing in the offensive game.

Ivo Ilicevic (abdominal Muskelzerrung) and Jan Moravek (ankle problems) were missing the abstiegsbedrohten Palatines against the Werkself in the offensive. For this, he returned once more unhappy active top scorer Srdjan Lakic in the first eleven. Coach Marco Kurz despite the recovery of Tobias Sippel, won for the last strong Kevin Trapp, which once again made a secure impression and saved in the 59th minute in dire need against Sam is decided in the gate.

Leverkusens coach of Jupp Heynckes surprisingly first renounced the Brazilian Renato Augusto and sat for it as already in the 2-0 against Schalke again on Ballack, who had been sentenced for his reputation of "Shit FC Cologne" on Friday of the Sportgericht of the German Football Association (DFB) to pay a fine amounting to 8000 euros. Ballack trying to lead the game of the Bayer Elf, but some Fehlpasse made to this and also was cautioned after an attack against Leon Jessen 39. minute with yellow.