Bayer Leverkusen warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Chelsea with a 4-1 win at promoted Augsburg, which leaves Robin Dutt’s side top of the Bundesliga.
Augsburg came into the game still chasing a first top-flight win and they got off to a flying start, taking the lead after just five minutes when Japanese midfielder Hajime Hosogai turned the ball home at the back post.
However, the home crowd were still celebrating when Leverkusen hit back at the other end, Sidney Sam firing past Simon Jentzsch to equalise.
An excellent Renato Augusto assist set up Stefan Kiessling to put last season’s Bundesliga runners-up in front midway through the first period.
Augsburg were full of energy and endeavour, but Leverkusen’s greater class shone through after the break as Sam got his second before substitute Eren Derdiyok converted a loose ball after his initial effort had been saved.
Leverkusen, for whom Michael Ballack played an hour before being replaced by Andre Schurrle, move top of the table on ten points, a point ahead of Bayern Munich, Schalke and Werder Bremen, who all play later this weekend.
Bavarian outfit Augsburg will drop to the bottom of the table if Hamburg can win at Bremen on Saturday.
Leverkusen are in Champions League Group E along with Chelsea, Valencia and Belgian champions Genk.
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