Bayer Leverkusen warmed up for their Champions League clash at home to Manchester United by going second in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Hertha Berlin.
With Borussia Dortmund later hosting leaders Bayern Munich, in a repeat of May’s Champions League final, Leverkusen took the chance to pass Dortmund into second.
Striker Stefan Kiessling, who has been repeatedly overlooked by Germany coach Joachim Loew since 2010, hit Leverkusen’s first-half winner for his eighth goal in 13 league games.
Leverkusen, who are just a point behind Wednesday’s opponents United in the Champions League’s Group A, hit Hertha on the counter-attack when Jens Hegeler’s final pass was buried by Kiessling on 29 minutes.
Sixth-placed Schalke, who are away to Steau Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday and second in Group E behind Chelsea, drew 3-3 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Written by George Coomber