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Bundesliga: Leverkusen rack up fifth successive win

BERLIN, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen stretched their winning run in the Bundesliga to five matches when they overwhelmed Hansa Rostock 3-0 at the BayArena on Sunday.

Leverkusen took an early lead through Simon Rolfes and second-half goals from Paul Freier, a penalty, and Theofanis Gekas saw them to another comfortable victory.

The result helped them make up further ground in the title race, after the top three all dropped points on Saturday.

With one round of matches to go before the long mid-season break, Bayern Munich continue to lead the standings with 35 points from 16 games, despite being held to a goalless draw at home to Duisburg.

Werder Bremen, beaten 4-3 at Hanover 96, are second on 33, with Hamburg SV third on 31 after their goalless draw at home to bottom club Energie Cottbus.

Leverkusen stay fourth on 30 points.

It has been a successful week for Leverkusen, who secured their place in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with a 1-0 win over Sparta Prague on Thursday.

'I'm delighted, above all about the style of the performance,' coach Michael Skibbe said at a news conference.

'All in all it was just the sort of game you want to play when you're at home.'

In Sunday's other match Nuremberg beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 to climb out of the relegation zone. Nuremberg move up to 14th with 15 points. Hertha are in 12th place with 19.