Leverkusen, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayer Leverkusen moved to within 10 points of leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday after Eren Derdiyok's 84th-minute goal helped the club secure a 2-1 home win over Stuttgart.
After pushing Bayern to the limit in a 2-1 midweek defeat, Stuttgart faced the second-place side in the Bundesliga and once more went in front with a 12th- minute goal from Moritz Leitner.
But like they did on Wednesday against the defending champions, Stuttgart was unable to keep hold of the lead as Stefan Kiessling equalized before the break and Derdiyok rescued all three points to take the hosts four points clear of third-place Borussia Dortmund.
Leitner's goal came on his second attempt after his initial volleyed effort was blocked. The midfielder collected the rebound and curled a shot into the top left corner from 20 yards, leaving goalkeeper Bernd Leno with little chance of keeping it out.
The home side responded midway through the opening half with Kiessling exploiting space in the Stuttgart defense to pick out the bottom corner of the net with a shot that rolled across the face of Sven Ulreich's goal.
Son Heung-min fired a shot against the crossbar for Leverkusen as the hosts looked to take control of the match before halftime.
However, they had to wait until the 84th minute when Sidney Sam's cross was finished off at the back post by a diving header from Derdiyok.
Augsburg notched a 3-1 win over 10-man Werder Bremen despite going down a goal in the opening three minutes, while Mainz continued its push for a European place by topping Freiburg, 2-0, behind goals from Park Joo-Ho and Koo Ja- Cheol.
Hamburg remained in the bottom three after losing 3-0 at Hoffenheim, Kevin- Prince Boateng's goal in the 81st minute helped Schalke to a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg in a battle of top-six teams, and Monchengladbach dropped out of the top four after sustaining a 3-1 defeat at Hannover with Mame Biram Diouf scoring twice in the final eight minutes for the hosts.