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2016/2017 German Bundesliga
  • Hakan Calhanoglu (32')
  • Julian Brandt (56')
  • Charles Aránguiz (69')
  • Antonio-Mirko Colak (47')
  • Mario Vrancic (85')

Bayer Leverkusen hold off Darmstadt to win again

Bayer Leverkusen made it two Bundesliga wins in a row although they were made to sweat for a 3-2 victory over struggling Darmstadt.

Hakan Calhanoglu gave Leverkusen a deserved lead in the 32nd minute with a 25-yard effort leaving Michael Esser little chance in the Darmstadt goal.

The visitors levelled early in the second half with Antonio Colak volleying in Marcel Heller's cross.

Julian Brandt headed Leverkusen back in front 10 minutes into the second half before Charles Aranguiz gave Roger Schmidt's men a two-goal advantage with a powerful shot into the top corner.

Mario Vrancic made things interesting with Darmstadt's second goal five minutes from time, but Leverkusen held on to edge closer to the top six.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 23 +39 49
2 RB Leipzig 23 +36 48
3 Borussia Dortmund 23 +33 45
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 +18 43
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +9 40
6 Schalke 04 23 0 36
7 TSG Hoffenheim 23 -2 34
8 SC Freiburg 23 -2 33
9 VfL Wolfsburg 22 0 31
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +2 28
11 FC Augsburg 22 -11 27
12 FC Union Berlin 22 -8 26
13 FC Cologne 22 -9 26
14 Hertha Berlin 23 -16 26
15 Mainz 22 -17 22
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 23 -23 20
17 Werder Bremen 23 -28 17
18 SC Paderborn 07 23 -21 16