Omer Toprak stars in Bayer Leverkusen win [divider]
Bayer Leverksuen beat Paderborn 07 3-0 at the Benteler Arena to keep there chances of a top four spot alive.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos headed in Gonzalo Castro’s 73rd minute free-kick to give the away side the lead.
Heung-Min Son scored a late brace to close the gap with third-placed Gladbach to two points.
Turkish international Hakan Çalhanoğlu did not start against Paddeborn due to injury.
Roger Schmidt made five changes to the side that beat Kaiserslautern in the DFB Cup on Tuesday.
Ömer Toprak started against Paderborn, making three tackles, three interceptions and eight blocks.
The Turkish international was given a Whoscored rating of 7.9 for his performance against the Bundesliga strugglers.
Toprak has made a total of 27 appearances for the German giants this season. The 25-year-old centre-back has two goals in 23 international caps for Turkey.
Bayer moved back into fourth place following the win while Paderborn remain in the drop zone.