Bayer Leverkusen regained fourth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 4-1 romp at Nuremberg in their battle to retain their UEFA Champions League place for next season.
Goals by Bosnia centre-back Emir Spahic and Poland left-back Sebastian Boenisch for Leverkusen cancelled out Marvin Plattenhardt's equaliser in the first-half from a direct free-kick which left the visitors 2-1 up soon after the break. Leverkusen's Korea Republic star Son Heung-Min made sure of the victory when he sprinted clear on a counter-attack and drew the defence for Spahic to tap home his second with ten minutes left.
Former German international Roberto Hilbert grabbed Leverkusen's fourth seven minutes later having come off the bench. Leverkusen lead Wolfsburg by a point with just three games left to decide Germany's fourth Champions League place after Wolves had spent 24 hours in fourth after Saturday's 3-1 win at Hamburg. Bayer enjoyed their second straight win since ex-Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia was sacked as coach, while Nuremberg suffered their fourth straight defeat which leaves them second from bottom.
Stuttgart took a big step towards survival with a 3-1 win at home to third-placed Schalke 04 which leaves them four points from the relegation places.
Austria striker Martin Harnik netted twice while Germany forward Cacau also scored as Stuttgart raced into a 3-0 lead before Hungary's Adam Szalai pulled one back for the visitors with 20 minutes left.