Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin to climb table

Hakan Calhanoglu of Bayer Leverkusen
Image: Hakan Calhanoglu celebrates scoring for Bayer Leverkusen

Hakan Calhanoglu scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in the Bundesliga.

Leverkusen took the lead early when Omer Toprak fired past Rune Jarstein and the hosts doubled the advantage when Marvin Plattenhardt handled in the area and Calhanoglu sent Jarstein the wrong way from the spot.

But the Berliners pulled a goal back a minute before the break when Valentin Stocker cashed in on poor defending to beat Bernd Leno from close range.

Javier Hernandez missed three fine chances before Calhanoglu sealed the victory for Leverkusen when he buried a volley a minute from time.

Draw specialists Cologne remain seventh after a 0-0 draw with Mainz to stretch their winless run to six games.

Pablo De Blasis missed the best chance for Mainz, who remain 11th, when he shot wide seven minutes after the break after Yoshinori Muto was denied by Thomas Kessler.

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