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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 33 +52 75
2 RB Leipzig 33 +29 65
3 Borussia Dortmund 33 +27 61
4 VfL Wolfsburg 33 +25 61
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 +14 57
6 Bayer Leverkusen 33 +16 52
7 FC Union Berlin 33 +6 47
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 33 +6 46
9 VfB Stuttgart 33 +3 45
10 SC Freiburg 33 +2 45
11 TSG Hoffenheim 33 -3 40
12 FC Augsburg 33 -15 36
13 Mainz 33 -18 36
14 Hertha Berlin 33 -10 35
15 Arminia Bielefeld 33 -28 32
16 Werder Bremen 33 -19 31
17 FC Cologne 33 -27 30
18 Schalke 04 33 -60 16