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Bundesliga: Leverkusen frus­trated, Gomez stuns Stuttgart

Bayer 04 Leverkusen missed the chance to go second after drawing 2-2 with SC Freiburg but FC Bayern Munchen, and Mario Gomez, were rampant against VfB Stuttgart, according to uefa.com.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen missed the chance to make second place their own after drawing 2-2 against SC Freiburg, while FC Bayern Munchen moved into fifth as they hit five at VfB Stuttgart, with the help of a Mario Gomez hat-trick.


Borussia Dortmund’s first defeat since the opening day of the season had offered Leverkusen the opportunity to move to within eight points of the leaders, but Jupp Heynckes’ side were frustrated by Freiburg at a snowbound BayArena. The visitors respon­ded to Arturo Vidal’s penalty (16) with goals from Jan Rosenthal (24) and Stefan Reisinger (65), and alth­ough substitute Patrick Helmes levelled 15 minutes from time, the hosts fail­ed to score again. Leverkusen will thus spend the winter break in third place, level on points with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Bruno Labbadia’s first league match in charge of Stuttgart be­gan inauspiciously as his side were hum­bled 5-3 by Bayern, who raced into a three-goal half-time lead through Gomez, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery. Gomez completed his third treble in two months after the break (52, 54), although Martin Har­­nik struck twice (49, 64) and Chris­tian Gentner (70) grabbed a third for the hosts. Stuttgart remain two points off the bottom; Bayern move into fifth, a point above Freiburg.

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