Leverkusen reclaim fourth place with big win over Nurnberg

Leverkusen's Sebastian Boenisch (2nd from right) celebrates his goal with team-mates.

BERLIN (AP) Bayer Leverkusen reclaimed fourth place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 with at relegation-threatened Nurnberg on Sunday.

Emir Spahic opened the scoring with Leverkusen’s first shot on target in the 16th, only for Marvin Plattenhardt to equalize eight minutes later with a direct free kick from 25 meters (yards).

Omer Toprak set up Sebastian Boenisch for Leverkusen’s second in the 48th and Heung-min Son ran the length of the pitch after a Nurnberg corner for Spahic to seal the win with 10 minutes remaining.

There was still time for Roberto Hilbert to add another in the 87th.

The result leaves Nurnberg second from bottom, one point above Eintracht Braunschweig, with three games to play. The bottom two are automatically relegated.

Relegation rival Stuttgart was hosting Schalke in Sunday’s late game.