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Mercedes-Benz Arena 9th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Perl

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

Stuttgart 1

I Traore (50)

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W Bremen 4

M Ekici (34, 74)
A Hunt (60)
K De Bruyne (90+2)

Back-back wins for Bremen

Last Updated: 09/02/13 5:21pm

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Mehmet Ekici celebrates a Bremen goal

Mehmet Ekici celebrates a Bremen goal

Mehmet Ekici scored twice at Stuttgart this afternoon to help Werder Bremen secure back-to-back Bundesliga victories for the first time this season.

Ekici's first goal in the 34th minute was cancelled out by Ibrahima Traore in the 50th minute.

But Aaron Hunt restored Bremen's lead before Ekici added his second in the 74th and Kevin de Bruyne sealed maters in in stoppage time.

The result boosted the visitors' hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, lifting them three points clear of Stuttgart after inflicting a fifth straight loss on the hosts.

Stuttgart had the first chance of the game after two minutes but Gotoku Sakai's shot went just over the bar.

The visitors went close in the 24th minute when De Bruyne unleashed a fierce drive which struck the left post - the 11th time this season that Bremen have hit the woodwork.

Eljero Elia had the next Bremen opportunity on the half-hour mark but the Dutchman's shot flew narrowly wide.

Bremen deservedly took the lead in the 34th minute, though, when De Bruyne's blast was deflected into the goal by Ekici.

Stuttgart had two chances to equalise before the break but Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz stopped Martin Harnik's header in the 42nd minute and Harnik headed over the bar on the stroke of half-time.

The leveller did arrive five minutes after the restart, when Christian Gentner's attempt was blocked by the Bremen defence and Traore ran onto the loose ball and lashed home.

Bremen regained the lead on the hour, however. Nils Petersen snatched possession from William Kvist in midfield and fed Hunt, who slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner from 15 yards.

The visitors made it 3-1 in the 74th minute from a neat set-piece, Ekici curling his free-kick into the top-right corner.

De Bruyne joined the party two minutes into stoppage time with a looping shot over Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
8 Hoffenheim 16 23
9 Hannover 96 16 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 16 14