Apr 13, 2014 at 2.30pm UK at ​BayArena
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
2-1
Hertha Berlin
Kiessling (1'), Brandt (24')
Donati (79')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Wagner (39')
Cigerci (10')

Result: Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin to reclaim Champions League spot

Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 today to reclaim poll position in the race for Champions League qualification.

Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 this afternoon to move back into the Champions League places in the Bundesliga table.

Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal against Hertha Berlin during the Bundesliga match on April 13, 2014© AFP

Wolfsburg's victory over Nuremberg on Saturday had seen them briefly occupy fourth place in the standings, but Leverkusen overcame the challenge of the capital club at the BayArena to reclaim pole position in the race for Europe's elite tournament by a point.

Less than a minute elapsed before the hosts got off to the ideal start through Stefan Kiessling, who rose highest to plant his header past Thomas Kraft.

Anis Ben-Hatira came within the width of the woodwork from leveling matters after being denied by the crossbar, before Sascha Lewandowski's men doubled their advantage moments later.

From the counter-attack, Bayer broke and found their second of the afternoon as Julian Brandt curled beyond the reach of Kraft on 24 minutes.

Jos Luhukay's charges managed to halve the deficit 14 minutes later through Sandro Wagner, who connected with a Tolga Cigerci free kick to head home from inside the six-yard box.

Both sides struggled to create the goalscoring opportunities necessary to add to their respective hauls, as Leverkusen held out to secure Lewandowski's first win as boss since replacing Sami Hyypia earlier in the week.

Hamburg's defender Heiko Westermann during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburger SV in the German city of Leverkusen on November 9, 2013
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