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Leverkusen holds off Hertha to move into fourth

Leverkusen, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Bayer Leverkusen moved back into the top four on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin in its first game under new manager Sascha Lewandowski.Sami Hyypia was fired last weekend after a poor run of form with Leverkusen, and new manager Lewandowski watched his side get off to a dream start on Sunday as Stefan Kiessling scored in the opening minute.Giulio Donati provided a cross from the right and Kiessling got on the other end of it to head the ball home for his 15th Bundesliga goal this season.Leverkusen continued to apply pressure and Sebastian Boenisch hit the crossbar for the hosts before Hertha also went close with Anis Ben-Hatira's shot hitting the woodwork.Julian Brandt doubled the lead for Leverkusen in the 24th minute when he lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Thomas Kraft after tracking down Heung-Min Son's cross, while Hertha pulled a goal back before the break through Sandro Wagner, whose glancing header from Tolga Cigerci's free kick...

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