Bayer Leverkusen have another positive result to feel great about, thanks to their performance on Friday night in front of their home fans at the BayArena. Eren Derdiyok and Sidney Sam both netted goals, guiding Bayer to a 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim. Bayer won't move up the table and still sit in sixth place, but they're just four points off the top of the table and one point off of a Champions League place in the incredibly tight race at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Bayer battered Hoffenheim's goal early and found a goal just 10 minutes into the match. After Isaac Vorsah fouled Stefan Kiessling in the center of the pitch, 30 yards from goal, Andre Schürrle stepped up to take a free kick. He hit a great shot that dipped down and took a bounce in front of the goal. Tom Starke could only parry the ball away, but it fell right into the path of Derdiyok, who headed the ball into the back of the net.
The match was fairly even afterwards, though Bayer had the much better of the chances. Sidney Sam finally sealed the deal with a goal in the 79th minute, with Bayer hitting Hoffenheim on the counter as they were pressing forward for an equalizer. Kiessling played Sam into the box and he finished with a great chip over Starke from 12 yards out, locking up the three points for the hosts.