BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen beat a second-string Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to move up to third in the Bundesliga and get back on course for an automatic Champions League spot with three matches left in the season.
Bayern Munich are expected to name a weakened line-up for Saturday`s clash at Bayer Leverkusen with the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions pre-occupied by Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final at Barcelona.
Holders Bayern Munich have fresh injury woes ahead of Wednesday`s mouth-watering German Cup quarter-final at Bayer Leverkusen with Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger the latest on their casualty list.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has recovered from a painful blow to the kidneys and will start for the champions in Saturday`s La Liga game at bottom side Cordoba, coach Diego Simeone said on Friday.
Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 have been eliminated from the Champions League days ago but the two sides meet in the Bundesliga on Saturday to battle it out for a spot in Europe`s premier club competition next season.
Atletico Madrid were left counting the cost of their progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on penalties over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday with three key players set for a spell on the sidelines.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having "goose bumps" after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.