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Leverkusen beats Stuttgart, Gladbach wins at home

Leverkusen beats Stuttgart, Gladbach wins at home

Stefan Kiessling scored twice to help Bayer Leverkusen to a 4-2 home win over Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
His last minute strike came after Stefan Reinartz's powerful header gave Leverkusen the lead for the third time in 81st minute.
Leverkusen's Gonzalo Castro's 41st-minute header and Kiessling's sixth-minute opener had both been canceled out by goals from Martin Harnik and Zdravko Kuzmanovic .
Stuttgart remains second from bottom and four points from safety.
Leverkusen reclaims second place from Bayern Munich with 45 points, 10 behind Borussia Dortmund.
Last-place Borussia Moenchengladbach won at home for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Schalke in the late game, in Lucien Favre's first game in charge.
The 53-year-old coach took over on Monday, following the sacking of Michael Frontzeck, and saw his side come from behind with Marco Reus and Mohamadou Idrissou goals canceling Peer Kluge's second minute opener.
Borussia Moenchengladbach remains bottom, but has cut the gap to safety to four points with 11 games left to play.
Patient buildup from Leverkusen led to Kiessling's opener when Sydney Sam skipped past Cristian Molinaro on the right and crossed into the box. Castro failed to connect properly, but Kiessling was there to slot past Sven Ulreich from close range.
Sam almost created another minutes later, when he again beat his marker, but the Stuttgart defense scrambled the ball away.
Harnik equalized in the 16th, when he latched onto Tamas Hajnal's perfectly timed pass and held off the challenge of Daniel Schwaab before firing into the bottom right corner.
Leverkusen reclaimed the lead when Michal Kadlec crossed for Castro. His initial shot was parried by Ulreich, only for the defender to head in the rebound.
Zdravko Kuzmanovic equalized from 30 meters (yards) in the 52nd, when Ulreich failed to stop his shot despite getting a hand to it.
After making his Stuttgart debut against Benfica on Thursday, Japan striker Shinji Okazaki nearly marked his Bundesliga debut with a goal in the 57th, when his effort from distance was narrowly wide, before Ulreich's fingertip save pushed Cacau's driving effort onto the post.
Stuttgart was dictating play and creating more chances, and Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes reacted by bringing on Michael Ballack with 25 minutes remaining.
Cacau thought he scored with a header from Thomas Hajnal's cross in the 72nd, but it was correctly ruled offside.
Sam's shot from distance with ten minutes remaining was Leverkusen's first on goal in the second half, and Reinartz made the next one count a minute later.
Cacau missed a late chance to equalize again when he dragged his shot wide, before Kiessling sealed the win.
Favre's tenure got off to a bad start when Peer Kluge gave Schalke the lead in the second minute.
The home side deservedly equalized ten minutes later, when Marco Reus collected the ball and let fly from 13 meters (yards) for his sixth goal of the season.
Mohamadou Idrissou's header gave Borussia the lead in the 23rd, when he got in front of Christoph Metzelder to power Juan Arango's fine cross past Manuel Neuer.
Borussia were playing with greater intent, and Patrick Herrmann should have scored before halftime, when his snap shot from an Arango cross drifted over Neuer to the left of goal.
Jefferson Farfan fired a warning shot narrowly over the bar for Schalke in the 51st, and Idrissou went even closer with a header from a Reus corner five minutes later.
Herrmann had another chance in the 79th but was unable to direct Idrissou's cross on target with only Neuer to beat, and Klaas Jan Huntelaar went close with an overhead effort at the other end.


Updated : 2021-10-28 19:23 GMT+08:00