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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Kai Havertz (54')

Havertz goal gives Bayer Leverkusen win at Freiburg to go third

Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from a midweek setback in the Bundesliga after an opportunist goal by forward Kai Havertz gave them a scrappy 1-0 win at Freiburg on Friday.

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The result lifted Bayer, who were hammered 4-1 by Wolfsburg at home on Tuesday, two places up to third on 56 points from 29 games, eight behind champions and leaders Bayern Munich, who play Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.

Freiburg stayed eighth on 38 points after stretching their winless run to four games since the Bundesliga restarted on May 16 following a two-month lay-off caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Havertz netted a 54th-minute winner for the visitors when he poked a close-range shot through goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow's legs after Leon Bailey threaded a superb pass through to the 20-year-old.

A dull first half produced a solitary chance for Freiburg in the 43rd minute, when Lucas Hoeler fired wide of the far post with only Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky to beat.

With Bayer gaining the upper hand after taking the lead, Julian Baumgartlinger had a goal disallowed for the visitors in the 63d minute for a push on Dominique Heintz and that finally seemed to spring the home side into action.

Nils Petersen missed Freiburg's best chance to equalise in the 87th minute as keeper Lukas Hradecky parried his scuffed shot from 10 metres and the home side's Lucas Hoeler was also guilty of poor finishing in the 43rd, firing wide with the goal at his mercy.

In Saturday's other standout fixture, former champions Werder Bremen, who are in danger of relegation as they are six points adrift of the safety zone, visit ninth-placed Schalke 044 who are on a 10-match winless league run.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +68 82
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +43 69
3 RB Leipzig 34 +44 66
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +26 65
5 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +17 63
6 TSG Hoffenheim 34 0 52
7 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +2 49
8 SC Freiburg 34 +1 48
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 -1 45
10 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 41
11 FC Union Berlin 34 -17 41
12 Schalke 04 34 -20 39
13 Mainz 34 -21 37
14 FC Cologne 34 -18 36
15 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
16 Werder Bremen 34 -27 31
17 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 -31 30
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 -37 20