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Ballack inspires Leverkusen to win over Hannover

Ballack inspires Leverkusen to win over Hannover

Michael Ballack inspired Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-0 home win over Hannover in the Bundesliga on Friday to trim the gap on leader Borussia Dortmund to eight points.
Leverkusen moved five points clear of third-placed Hannover.
Dortmund has played one game less and can go 11 clear if it beats Wolfsburg away on Saturday.
Ballack _ back in the starting lineup for the first time in four months after recovering from injury _ had 94 touches of the ball, more than anyone else.
Arturo Vidal scored in the 21st minute with a crisp shot from 16 meters (yards), and Simon Rolfes' perfectly timed run onto a Gonzalo Castro pass allowed him to tuck it into the right-hand corner in the 42nd.