MAINZ, Germany (AP) — Midfielder Julian Brandt scored twice and laid on two goals as Bayer Leverkusen shrugged off its German Cup exit by winning 5-1 at Mainz in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Leverkusen, knocked out 2-1 by second division Heidenheim on Tuesday, racked up a third successive league victory and is firmly in the hunt for European qualification.
The team is in fifth spot, four points behind fourth-place Leipzig, which hosts Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Fifth and sixth in the Bundesliga qualifies for the Europa League while the top four advance to the Champions League.
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It was Leverkusen’s third league win from four since Dutch coach Peter Bosz took over from the fired Heiko Herrlich.
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