Leverkusen sink Hoffenheim to join top four

Lars Bender slotted in from close range after Simon Rolfes headed the ball into his path in the 15th minute and Spanish defender Daniel Carvajal completed a move he started for his maiden Bundesliga goal seven minutes before the break.

Leverkusen, who have lost just one of their last 10 matches, move up to 24 points, as many as third-placed Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt and one behind champions Borussia Dortmund, who are second. Bayern, who crushed Hannover 96 5-0 on Saturday, are nine points clear.

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