Kaiserslautern were undone by a pair of their old boys as Bayer Leverkusen dispatched them 2-0 at the Fritz Walter Stadium. Although the match was closely contested until the restart, Leverkusen scored quickly through Michael Ballack in the second half and then Sidney Sam - a key figure in their promotion chase in the 2009/10 season - finished the hosts off with a 70th minute strike.
In truth, it never looked particularly promising for Kaiserslautern, who are languishing unhappily in the wrong half of the table after finishing 7th last season - they didn't do much in the first half save hold off Leverkusen's potent attack, and their resolve was broken nine minutes after the break when Michael Ballack's long-range shot was spilled by Kevin Trapp and bounced slowly into the next.
With the goal, the defence crumbled. Sidney Sam's neat finish sealed things off fifteen minutes later, but the second-half scoreline probably flattered the hosts, who played fairly miserably. Bernd Leno was limited to a few easy saves, and Leverkusen ultimately cruised to all three points.