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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Malick Thiaw (10' OG)
  • Julian Baumgartlinger (67')
  • Patrik Schick (78')

Leverkusen close in on Bayern after 3-0 win at Schalke

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Leverkusen go second with win vs. Schalke (1:35)

Bayer Leverkusen make easy work of bottom-of-the-table Schalke with a 3-0 victory. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (1:35)

Bayer Leverkusen moved up to second in the Bundesliga and closed the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to one point after a pair of goals from set pieces and a Patrik Schick effort gave them a 3-0 win at bottom team Schalke 04 on Sunday.

Levekusen have 22 points from 10 games, just behind Bayern who were held in Saturday's rip-roaring 3-3 home draw with third-placed RB Leipzig, who are two points off top.

Schalke, who extended their winless league run to 26 games, are rooted to the foot of the table on three points.

Schalke keeper Michael Langer pulled off a string of superb saves but the porous defence in front of him could not keep the visitors at bay.

Schalke's miserable afternoon was compounded by a penalty miss as Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky saved Steven Skrzybski's spot-kick and Benito Raman's follow-up header.

Under pressure from visiting defender Aleksandar Dragovic, Malick Thiaw beat his own keeper in the 10th minute to put Leverkusen in front as the ball came off his shoulder and trickled through Langer's hands after Leon Bailey floated in a corner.

Langer then denied Bailey and Schick time and again before Julian Baumgartlinger made it 2-0 in the 67th minute from another Bailey corner, with the ball coming off the midfielder's head and shoulder as it sailed inside the far post.

Skrzybski then missed a gilt-edged chance to pull one back as Hradecky parried his tame penalty and the keeper then did superbly to push Raman's follow-up header over the bar.

Schalke were punished swiftly as Schick latched on to Nadiem Amiri's pass and smashed a left-footed shot past Langer from inside the penalty area.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 22 +31 49
2 RB Leipzig 22 +22 47
3 VfL Wolfsburg 22 +16 42
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 +14 42
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +16 37
6 Borussia Dortmund 22 +14 36
7 FC Union Berlin 22 +10 33
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 +5 33
9 SC Freiburg 22 +1 31
10 VfB Stuttgart 22 +4 29
11 TSG Hoffenheim 22 -3 26
12 Werder Bremen 22 -6 26
13 FC Augsburg 22 -13 23
14 FC Cologne 22 -16 21
15 Hertha Berlin 22 -14 18
16 Arminia Bielefeld 21 -20 18
17 Mainz 22 -20 17
18 Schalke 04 22 -41 9