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Highlights

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Watch: Patrik Schick on 'special' Leverkusen story

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Watch: Xabi Alonso on team spirit, winning mentality and fan support

Listen to what Leverkusen's head coach made his of team's sensational comeback below...
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Full-time: Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Hoffenheim

They've done it! Leverkusen head 13 points clear of Bayern Munich before this evening's Klassiker thanks to a remarkable late comeback!
Full-time
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Six minutes of stoppage time were indicated

Leverkusen are heading 13 points clear for now after that remarkable late comeback!
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Schick strikes Leverkusen in front!

Can you believe it? Another late, late Leverkusen comeback as substitute Nathan Tella whips a cross in that Patrik Schick gladly gobbles up by smashing in from short range!
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SituationGoal
ReviewOffside?
DecisionGoal
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Patrik Schick
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
93 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
2.51 m
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
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David Jurásek
David Jurásek33.66km/h
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Ihlas Bebou
Ihlas Bebou33.24km/h
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Andrich equalises!

Finally! Leverkusen surely rescue their unbeaten record as their relentless wave of attacking finally leads to a goal. Moments after Borja Iglesias had rattled the woodwork, Jonathan Tah nods a cross down to Robert Andrich to turn in tidily on the half volley!
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Robert Andrich
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
18 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
71.26 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
10.7 m
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Leaders living on a prayer?

Leverkusen have become the first side this season to hit over 30 shots in a Bundesliga match, but their attacking intensity has waned a little now with just a few minutes left.
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Schick finds side netting

Amine Adli tees up Patrik Schick on a quick attack, but the striker hits the side netting.
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Double save from Baumann

Patrik Schick and Amine Adli are both denied from close range within the space of a second as Oliver Baumann pulls off a stunning double save!
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Into the final stages

Hoffenheim have defended doggedly all afternoon and now face wave after wave of Leverkusen attacks.
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Two changes and one VAR check

Hoffenheim make two substitutions and Leverkusen one while the referee checks for a potential Leverkusen penalty on the VAR monitor - but gives nothing.
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SituationNo penalty
ReviewHandball?
DecisionNo penalty
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Heroic Hoffenheim defending

Frimpong takes the ball inside the box and is stopped by a sliding tackle.
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Grimaldo slips

The ball is cut to the Spaniard around the penalty spot, but he goes to ground instead of shooting.
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Grimaldo free-kick deflected over

The wall does its job. Leverkusen have hit 19 shots so far but they are yet to make their mark on the scoresheet.
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Frimpong effort deflected behind

It's all a bit frantic now. There is a loud appeal for a handball in the box following a Alejandro Grimaldo cross, before Jeremie Frimpong has an effort deflected over on the edge of the area.
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Shot-happy Hofmann

Jonas Hofmann leaves the field having tried more than anyone else on the pitch to find the net.
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First changes

A couple of niggly fouls have raised the tension in Leverkusen. Now both coaches make a change with Amine Adli and Grischa Prömel refreshing the two sides.
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Wirtz denied

Florian Wirtz slaloms superbly into the box before having a shot tipped wide at the near post. The hosts are upping their attacking intensity.
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Hincapie header

Alejandro Grimaldo whips a free-kick in from the left that Piero Hincapie gets a head to - but it's straight to Oliver Baumann.
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Win Probability

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Win Probability
This Match Fact documents significant changes in the probability of victory for both teams during the course of the match. The value is based on actual match play and incorporates existing Match Facts such as Expected Goals, Skill and Set-Piece Dange
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13.7 %
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40.9 %
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Frimpong chases forward

Excitement among the home fans as Jeremie Frimpong races forward and cuts the ball back to Jonas Hofmann - but he is dispossesed before he can shoot.
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We're back

Xabi Alonso's men have 45 minutes to salvage their remarkable unbeaten record.
Kick-off!
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Watch: All of Maximilian Beier's goals and assists in 2023/24

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Half-time: Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Hoffenheim

The leaders have dominated but have it all to do after Maximilian Beier gave Hoffenheim the lead with their first shot of the day.
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Hofmann blocked

Jeremie Frimpong cuts back to Jonas Hofmann on a swift attack, whose effort is saved. Leverkusen then win a corner that Robert Andrich heads wide as they edge closer to a goal.
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Three additional minutes indicated

Can Leverkusen level before the break?
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Hofmann denied

Jonas Hofmann has a shot from just inside the box saved. Wout Weghorst also had an effort in an open end to the first half.
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Xhaka draws save

Granit Xhaka curls what looks like a cross from the left that drifts towards the top of the net, forcing Oliver Baumann into a good save.
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Chance for Kramarić

Hoffenheim have retreated again after the goal, but Andrej Kramarić gets an opportunity on the break and could have made more of his shot from the edge of the box that Lukáš Hrádecký saved.
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Beier on fire

The Hoffenheim striker has scored five of his side's past six Bundesliga goals and now has 13 for the season.
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Hoffenheim take the lead!

Well, well, well! Hoffenheim take the lead with their first shot of the game! Maximilian Beier plays a sleek one-two with Wout Weghorst to slice open the Leverkusen defence and now the hosts will have to come from behind to save their unbeaten record.
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Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
32 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
12.06 m
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Battling encounter

Pellegrino Matarazzo will be pleased with the way his side have defended so far.
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
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Tim Drexler
Tim Drexler33.14km/h
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David Jurásek
David Jurásek32.96km/h
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Here come Hoffenheim

The visitors enjoy a good spell of possession and work the ball into the Leverkusen half, albeit without threatening.
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Leverkusen making all the running

Hoffenheim are yet to provide any attacking threat.
Goal attempts
4off target
1on target
0off target
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First booking

Tim Drexler tugs Jonas Hofmann's shirt and is shown a yellow card.
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Xhaka and Wirtz have chances

The pressure is building...Granit Xhaka hits an effort from the edge of the box over before Florian Wirtz curls one wide from a similar position.
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Grimaldo crosses

The Spanish full-back clips in a decent ball from the left but this won't be another assist to add to his tally as Patrik Schick handles in trying to chest it down and concedes a free-kick.
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Leaders looking for the lead

Hoffenheim have been as compact as expected with Leverkusen in the now familiar role of patiently playing the ball around and looking for openings.
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Xhaka shot saved

Florian Wirtz dinks around the edge of the box in trademark style before laying it off for Granit Xhaka to shoot in a decent position. The Swiss international hits the effort straight at Oliver Baumann.
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Tapsoba looks for Frimpong

Leverkusen try for a second time to thread a ball down the right for their galloping wing back to meet behind the defence - but it is intercepted and cleared.
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Leverkusen looking for an opener

Jeremie Frimpong sprints in vain to try to reach a ball behind Florian Grillitsch before Jonas Hofmann has a shot just outside the box blocked.
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First feelers

Hoffenheim pass the ball around well with Leverkusen pressing them. Robert Andrich clatters into Umut Tohumcu with a meaty midfield challenge.
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Off we go!

The league leaders are back in action.
Kick-off!

Kick-off approaching

There are 10 minutes to go - the same number of points Leverkusen top the table by!
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Checking out the pitch

It's a drizzly spring day in Leverkusen.
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League leaders in the house

These were the scenes earlier as the Bayer Leverkusen bus arrived.
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More on that Leverkusen team

Xabi Alonso makes three changes to the side that started the 3-2 win in Freiburg with Tapsoba, Andrich and former Hoffenheim attacker Hofmann (pictured) starting instead of Stanišić, Palacios and Hložek.
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More on that Hoffenheim team

Two changes are made to the side beaten 0-3 by Stuttgart before the international break. Ozan Kabak (pictured, left) returns after suspension while Andrej Kramarić also starts with Ihlas Bebou and Kevin Akpoguma dropping to the bench.

Leverkusen starting XI

Hrádecký (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapié - Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo - Hofmann, Wirtz – Schick

Leverkusen subs

Kovář, Stanišić, Kossounou, Mbamba, Puerta, Iglesias, Tella, Adli, Hložek

Hoffenheim starting XI

Baumann (c) - Kabak, Grillitsch, Drexler - Kadeřábek, Stach, Tohumcu, Jurásek - Kramarić - Weghorst, Beier

Hoffenheim subs

Noll, Akpoguma, Nsoki, Prömel, Geiger, Becker, Bebou, Bülter, Skov

Lucky 13?

A win for Leverkusen today would move them 13 points clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga before Bayern face a Klassiker at home to Dortmund this evening. A first title would be even closer to becoming a reality with a victory.
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Alonso on the Bundesliga resuming after the international break

"You could see the lads were happy to be together again. We have two crucial months coming up that starts with the important game against Hoffenheim."
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Watch Xabi Alonso confirms Leverkusen stay

Alonso has ended any speculation about his future by confirming that he will be staying with Leverkusen beyond the 2023/24 season, amid links with the Bayern and Liverpool jobs. Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Alonso said: "It’s the right place for me to be, to develop as a coach. The fans showed great support this year. They have all the reasons to believe and dream we can have a great season. The players gave me so many reasons to keep believing in the team. My job is not over here."
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Win tickets & games this weekend!

It’s Klassiker week and we’re giving you the chance to win some great prizes. Up until 31 March, there are Bundesliga tickets and game codes for FC 24 and Football Manager 24 up for grabs. All you have to do is enter for free here! Good luck!
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Probable line-ups

Who’s set to play this weekend? Who’s going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!
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Matarazzo on Leverkusen

"I do not want to give away how we will play against Leverkusen. They are a team you cannot press for 90 minutes. The chance to make a statement is always an attractive one. A win against Leverkusen would be a statement."
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Watch: Xabi Alonso's Leverkusen - the Invicibles

Will Leverkusen become the first unbeaten Bundesliga champions? It's looking that way...

Champions in waiting

Leverkusen’s 22 league wins is already a new club record for an entire Bundesliga season and one more than Bayern managed when they won the title last year.
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Watch: TOGETHER! STOP HATE. BE A TEAM

German professional football is making a clear statement for diversity, respect and social cohesion. The joint message from the professional clubs of both the Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, as well as from the DFL and DFL Foundation is: TOGETHER! STOP HATE. BE A TEAM.
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Watch: Hoffenheim 2-3 Leverkusen - previous meeting

Álex Grimaldo's brace helped Leverkusen edge Hoffenheim on Matchday 10. They now lead the head-to-head 15 wins to seven, with six draws.
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Watch: Freiburg 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen - highlights

Bayer Leverkusen responded to Bayern Munich's win in Darmstadt by beating Freiburg to restore their 10-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Xabi Alonso's team are now unbeaten in 38 competitive matches this season.
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Watch: Hoffenheim 0-3 VfB Stuttgart - highlights

Hoffenheim were comfortably beaten by third-placed Stuttgart prior to the Match international break. They resume their campaign in eighth, two points behind seventh-placed Augsburg, but with seven to make up on Eintracht Frankfurt in sixth.
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