Bayer 04 Leverkusen returned from the international break to take all 3 points away from home with a 2-0 victory away at 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Michael Ballack haunted his former team early in the second half when his left-footed area from outside the penalty area was spilled into his own net by German under-21 goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
The former Kaiserslautern youngster looked determined to score against his former side, with the Leverkusen midfielder being denied twice in the opening 10 minutes before firing wide selfishly midway through the opening half.
Dorge Kouemaha was Kaiserslautern’s biggest threat in the first half; the Cameroonian poking narrowly wide after a surging run into the penalty area.
Moments later, Konstantinos Fortounis acrobatically headed over from a Christian Tiffert cross.
Bayer Leverkusen were in control of the game after taking a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute.
On the hour, Lars Bender saw his effort parried away only for Gonzalo Castro to poke the rebound wide as defenders closed him down.
The game was put beyond the home side in the 70th minute when Bender’s cross was taken under control with Sidney Sam’s first touch and then well-placed into the bottom corner with the outside of his left boot with his second touch. The Leverkusen striker now has 4 goals against his former team since leaving two years ago.
This result sees Kaiserslautern lose for the first time in five Bundesliga matches. They travel to Nürnberg next Saturday. Bayer Leverkusen host Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night before travelling to Markus Babbel’s Hetha Berlin on Saturday.