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Werder Bremen regains first place with 3-0 win in Bundesliga

Werder Bremen regains first place with 3-0 win in Bundesliga

Werder Bremen picked up where it left off before the Bundesliga's winter break, beating Hannover 96 3-0 Sunday to move back to the top of the standings.
Tim Borowski scored in the fifth minute, Hugo Almeida added another in the 68th and Per Mertesacker scored in the 74th as the German team with the most prolific attack pulled ahead of Schalke on goal difference.
Mertesacker, a World Cup defender for Germany, wasn't satisfied with his team's performance, however. Hannover hit the post, then the crossbar with attempts by Michael Tarnat and Jan Rosenthal.
"It wasn't clear we were going to win 3-0," Mertesacker said. "Hannover kept pressure on us and we were lethargic. We gave them a lot of chances _ that has to change."
Bremen and Schalke, which beat Frankfurt 3-1 Saturday, were the big winners over the weekend after the top four teams started the league's second half separated by four points.
A 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund dropped Bayern Munich six points back, while Stuttgart is another point behind after a 4-1 loss to Nuremberg.
Bremen averages a goal more per contest than any other German team, and it squandered chances to run up the score, including a penalty taken by Miroslav Klose that was held by goalkeeper Robert Emke.
Klose, the league's top scorer the past two seasons, set up Bremen's first two goals, but also stumbled over the ball or fell on the slippery field several times after going through on a pass.
Bremen didn't seal the win until Klose crossed to Almeida in the 68th on a breakaway, allowing the Portuguese forward to rifle in from close range at the left post.
Bayer Leverkusen beat Alemannia Aachen 3-2 in the other game.
Also, it was: Arminia Bielefeld 1, Hamburg 1; Energie Cottbus 3, Borussia Moenchengladbach 1; Bochum 0, Mainz 05 1; and Hertha Berlin 2, Wolfsburg 1.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:42 GMT+08:00