Claudio pizarro (31. Minute), sebastian prodl (49.) and markus rosenberg (56.) scored in front of 41,500 spectators in the sold-out weser stadium to give the bremen team a well-deserved victory. With 39 points, the sixth-placed team in the bundesliga now has a four-point lead over hannover and has moved closer again to bayer leverkusen (40).
The visitors were clearly the better team for 45 minutes, but still have to wait for their first away win in bremen in nine years. Werder scored the first two goals from free kicks by substitute mehmet ekici, while pizarro set up his strike partner rosenberg for the third goal in exemplary fashion.
After just under an hour, the match was decided, even though for a long time it had not looked like such a clear victory for bremen. Both teams allowed themselves a ten-minute warm-up period before a lively and entertaining bundesliga match developed.
The spectators saw the first excitement after a counterattack by the visitors. Konstantin rausch skilfully passed into the bremen penalty area. But didier ya konan, who had been brought in at short notice to replace the back injured jan schlaudraff, was denied by national goalkeeper tim wiese (14).). Only four minutes later, marko marin had to end his short shift for the bremen side due to a thigh injury, vacating his midfield spot for ekici.
For a long time werder found it difficult to build up play against the self-confident hanoverians. Rausch (28.) and lars stindl (30.) had more good opportunities, but the first goal was scored on the other side of the stadium.
A free kick by ekici was taken directly out of the air by werder’s top scorer pizarro, who left 96 goalkeeper ron-robert zieler no chance to defend. Up to this point, the guests were the better team. Hannover initially looked rested and eager to play three days after their europa league appearance in liege (2-2).
"Normally it’s 3:1," hannover’s sporting director jorg schmadtke said at the break on the sky microphone. But his team had to chase the unfortunate deficit even after the changeover.
Bremen were under pressure after two defeats in a row, but improved in the second 45 minutes and deserved the victory thanks to efficiency and coolness in front of goal. In the 2-0 win, prodl, who made a successful comeback after a serious facial injury, only had to hold his head up to finish off ekici’s free kick. The third bremen goal was set up by pizarro for rosenberg, who slipped the ball past zieler and into the net.
But now coach mirko slomka’s team was running out of steam. Ya konan scored eleven minutes before the end, but referee christian dingert disallowed the goal because of an alleged passive offside position. The bremen team now had no trouble to get the three points on the credit side.