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Bremen wastes chance to take first place in Bundesliga

Bremen wastes chance to take first place in Bundesliga

Werder Bremen wasted a chance to take the Bundesliga lead with three rounds to go, losing 3-2 Sunday at Arminia Bielefeld.
Bremen charged back twice to level against the demotion-threatened side. But a misunderstanding in the 79th minute between goalkeeper Andreas Reinke and defender Naldo allowed Bielefeld's Christian Eigler to put the winner into an open goal.
Schalke, which lost 2-1 to Bochum on Friday, now has 62 points, with Stuttgart at 61 and Bremen at 60.
"A handful of players can't deal with the pressure," Bremen manager Klaus Allofs said. "There is no other way of explaining it. We can do it better."
Bielefeld, starting the day a slot above demotion, went ahead twice on goals by Heiko Westermann in the 29th and Jonas Kamper in the 61st at Schueco Arena.
But Miroslav Klose put back a blocked header in the 59th and then crossed to Hugo Almeida in the 74th who headed a goal to level both times. Bremen then attacked relentlessly and was caught on the winner by a Bielefeld breakaway.
"We will get another chance at first (place), it will remain exciting to the end," Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf. "It was a great match _ my boys just made too many mistakes."
Bielefeld's win means last-place Borussia Moenchengladbach is demoted.
In Sunday's second match, Energie Cottbus made sure it will stay in the league with a 2-1 win against sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen. That was a big step for the Bundesliga's poorest side and the only one from the former East Germany.
Seriu Radu scored in the seventh minute and reserve Daniel Gunkel in the 85th while Leverkusen's goal in the 44th minute came from Stefan Kiessling.
"We deserve a memorial," Gunkel said. "To stay in the league with the smallest budget is almost a miracle."
Also, it was: Nuremberg 1, Wolfsburg 1; Dortmund 2, Frankfurt 0; Mainz 05 1, Hannover 96 2; Aachen 0, Berlin 4; Bayern Munich 1, Hamburg 2; and Moenchengladbach 0, VfB Stuttgart 1.


Updated : 2021-06-17 17:47 GMT+08:00