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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Leon Bailey (5', 76')
  • Moussa Diaby (51')

Bailey double keeps alive slim Leverkusen hopes of top four finish

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Leon Bailey's brace keeps European hopes alive for Leverkusen (1:58)

Leon Bailey scores his seventh and eighth goals of the season in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-0 win vs. FC Cologne. (1:58)

Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey scored twice and set up another goal as his team eased past Cologne 3-0 on Saturday to keep alive their slim hopes of a top-four finish with five matches remaining in the Bundesliga.

Jamaica international Bailey put the hosts in front with a fifth-minute header and then set up Moussa Diaby to fire into an empty goal and make it 2-0 six minutes after the restart.

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He earned his man-of-the-match award when he charged into the box, shook off two markers and coolly slotted in for their third goal in the 76th.

Leverkusen move up to fifth place on 47 points, six behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund, on 46, take on Werder Bremen on Sunday.

The top four finishers automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Cologne failed to get any points on new coach Friedhelm Funkel's debut and are in 17th place on 23 points, three behind Hertha Berlin, who are in the relegation playoff spot in 16th.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +55 78
2 RB Leipzig 34 +28 65
3 Borussia Dortmund 34 +29 64
4 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +24 61
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 +16 60
6 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +14 52
7 FC Union Berlin 34 +7 50
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +8 49
9 VfB Stuttgart 34 +1 45
10 SC Freiburg 34 0 45
11 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 43
12 Mainz 34 -17 39
13 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
14 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 35
15 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 35
16 FC Cologne 34 -26 33
17 Werder Bremen 34 -21 31
18 Schalke 04 34 -61 16