• Germany's news in English
 

Leverkusen fourth in Liga after Düsseldorf win

Published: 05 Nov 2012 06:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Nov 2012 11:56 GMT+01:00

Despite having midfielder Simon Rolfes sent off for a dangerous tackle just 75 seconds after he came off the bench, Leverkusen took the three points to knock defending champions Dortmund down to fifth.

"I put the ball too far in front of me and then committed a foul, but it was no more than yellow," fumed Rolfes whose red card was the second fastest in the Bundesliga's history after his rash tackle on Fortuna's Adam Bodzek.

"It's incredibly annoying that I can't play next week and it was completely unnecessary, but the important thing is that we won."

Leverkusen took the lead on 16 minutes through a goal by midfielder Sidney Sam, but Düsseldorf levelled on 40 minutes after a header by Angola striker Nando Rafael.

Fortuna stayed level for barely a minute as Germany forward Andre Schürrle put the hosts ahead at half-time after he followed up Sam's superb cross.

Leverkusen then lost Rolfes, who came on for Sam on 63 minutes when the ex-Germany star threw himself into a reckless tackle on Bodzek and the referee had no hesitation in showing him red.

Bayer responded immediately as Spanish right-back Daniel Carvajal charged down a pass, sprinted clear of the defence and squared to give Gonzalo Castro the simplest of tap-ins on 67 minutes.

Bodzek pulled one back for the visitors with a superb strike from outside the penalty area on 86 minutes, but it was too little, too late.

Werder Bremen rocketed from twelfth up to seventh on Sunday night with a 2-1 win at home to Mainz with 26-year-old midfielder Aaron Hunt, the oldest man in the Werder team, scoring both goals.

Hunt gave his side an early lead, but Mainz's Hungary midfielder Adam Szalai equalised for his side in the second-half to claim his eighth goal in 10 games to go level with Bayern's Mario Mandzukic as the league's joint top scorer.

After second-placed Schalke 04 suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday, while Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund lost, both Bayern Munich's 3-0 win at Hamburg means the Bavarians have a clear cushion at the top.

"It's been a very good round of matches for us. Naturally, we knew the other scores before kick-off and we were even more motivated," said Bayern goal-scorer Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany midfielders Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos also got on the score sheet to end Hamburg's previous run of four wins in six games while Munich warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Lille. Frankfurt remain third after their 1-1 draw with Guerther Fürth on Friday.

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund are fourth after they were held to a goalless draw by VfB Stuttgart.

Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl will play with a mask in Tuesday's Champions League clash at Real Madrid after he broke his nose.

The 32-year-old had to be replaced with 20 minutes gone after taking a stray elbow in the face while challenging for a ball with Stuttgart's Raphael Holzhauser, who was given a yellow card.

Nuremberg won the battle of the basement teams as midfielder Timo Gebhart scored the winner with a 76th-minute header to move up to 14th and take some of the pressure off coach Dieter Hecking with their first win in seven games.

Hannover are sixth after their 2-0 win at home to Augsburg while Borussia Mönchengladbach were held to a 1-1 draw at their own ground by Freiburg.

Later on Sunday, mid-table Werder Bremen are home to seventh-placed Mainz 05.

AFP/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:54 November 5, 2012 by manu1111
Leverkusen took the lead on 16 minutes through a goal by midfielder Sidney Sam, but Leverkusen levelled on 40 minutes after a header by Angola striker Nando Rafael.

oooooooo)?
11:57 November 5, 2012 by The Local Germany
Thanks for the correction Manu1111, we've fixed the error.
Today's headlines
Greece crisis
Greek offer 'no basis for discussion': Schäuble
Pro-EU Greeks demonstrate outside the Athens parliament on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Greek offer 'no basis for discussion': Schäuble

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Wednesday crisis-hit Greece was sending mixed signals in debt talks and called on its government to "clarify its position" before negotiations with creditors can resume. READ  

Weathermen issue snow alert in heatwave
Could this be July in North Rhine-Westphalia? Photo: DPA

Weathermen issue snow alert in heatwave

The German Weather Service (DWD) issued a weather warning for North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Wednesday predicting 5 to 10 cm of snow and winds of up to 60 km/h. READ  

Analysis
How German media shaped the Greece crisis
Angela Merkel faces a battery of microphones and cameras at a eurozone summit in Brussels on June 22nd. Photo: DPA

How German media shaped the Greece crisis

It's often said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the one person who truly matters when it comes to how the eurozone deals with Greece. But how much freedom does 'Mutti' really have in the face of the public and the media? READ  

Women trade punches over neglected dog poo
'This is not a dog toilet.' Photo: DPA

Women trade punches over neglected dog poo

Bergisch Gladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, hometown of supermodel Heide Klum, was once linked in Germans' minds with the catwalk. But now it is just as infamous for a dog walk, after two women came to blows over a mound of pooch poo. READ  

Referee costs Germany dear against USA
Head coach Silvia Neid (r) with Celia Sasic (l) on the bench. Photo: DPA

Referee costs Germany dear against USA

Germany coach Silvia Neid said she found the referee's decision-making 'sad' in her country's 2-0 semi-final defeat to the USA in the Women's World Cup in Montreal on early Wednesday morning. READ  

Train strikes
Train drivers and Bahn bury the hatchet
Three ICE (intercity) trains stand in a siding. Photo: DPA

Train drivers and Bahn bury the hatchet

The Train Drivers' Union (GDL) and Deutsche Bahn (DB) have finally agreed to end their dispute over drivers' work conditions, offering hope that nine months of rail chaos has finally come to an end. READ  

European heatwave
Keep cool and stay safe in the July heatwave
A couple leaping into an open-air pool in Freiburg. Photo: DPA

Keep cool and stay safe in the July heatwave

Here's how to keep cool as the mercury soars during this week's heatwave in Germany. And don't forget your pets! READ  

Former judge to see NSA target list
Photo: DPA

Former judge to see NSA target list

The Bundestag (German parliament) inquiry into spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has chosen a former judge to examine lists of targets given to German spies by the Americans. READ  

Germanwings tragedy
Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (left) and aviation safety task force leader Matthias von Randow. Photo: DPA:

Germany learns lessons on pilots’ mental health

In response to the Germanwings flight tragedy, Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt presented plans to strengthen mental health care for pilots while Germanwings announced further compensation for relatives of the flight's victims. READ  

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?
Getting müllered? Football star Thomas Müller enjoys a Mass. Photo: DPA

Germany: land of cheap beer and drunkards?

It's official. If getting drunk on a park bench is your thing, look no further than Germany as an ideal location. A study released on Monday shows it's cheap. And you'll have plenty of company. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
An eye for an eye? Mum protects child in playground with pepperspray
Politics
Follow our LIVE blog as Europe holds breath over Greece crisis
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's final day in Germany
National
As it happened: Queen Elizabeth's second day in Germany
National
Queen Elizabeth II's first day in Germany - as it happened
National
Bus passengers tell fake racists where to get off
Politics
What's really in the Queen's handbag?
National
Germans say USA doesn't respect freedom
National
Yes, you CAN buy adult e-books before 10pm in Germany
VIDEO: Watch a 93-metre turbine crash to earth in slow motion
Gallery
Who's got a shot at the German Film Awards
Rhineland
Anger over 'child-free' beer garden
National
How do you do, Majestät?
National
Man defends right to pee in public with tear gas
Features
The Germans who won Waterloo for the British
Frankfurt
Should Germany ban circus animals?
Hamburg
Where people are having the most sex in Germany
Culture
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Not this student...
National
Dresden's three-decade-long red light
Politics
Upper house calls for gay marriage now
Berlin
Berlin named 3rd-best city worldwide
Sport
In search of the toughest firefighter
Business & Money
German firms shine for European engineering students
Gallery
Hitler's paintings up for auction
National
German's 70-year search for murdered US pilot
Politics
What the G7 leaders agreed at Elmau
Business & Money
What really makes Germans happy
National
Playmobil builder leaves worldwide legacy
National
The car share that became a drug run
Politics
What Snowden revealed to Germany
Rhineland
Why wolf cubs are being raised by hand
National
Hitler's booze cave found
National
Environment makes Germany worth living in
Culture
What's top of the charts in June
Gallery
Germany's most beautiful cycle routes
Business & Money
The business case for Britain in the EU
Rhineland
Why farmers are free to pong up the countryside
National
German restaurants among world's best
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,946
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd