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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 23,500) 2nd December 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

Hoffenheim 1

S Salihovic (50)

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W Bremen 4

S Prodl (21)
M Arnautovic (29, 73, 79)

Big win for Werder Bremen

Last Updated: 02/12/12 5:01pm

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Werder Bremen celebrate.

Werder Bremen celebrate.

Marko Arnautovic scored a hat-trick as Werder Bremen closed in on the Europa League places with a dominant 4-1 victory at Hoffenheim.

Sebastian Prodl gave Bremen the lead after just 21 minutes before Arnautovic registered his first goal in the 29th minute.

Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back five minutes after the break but Arnautovic confirmed a comfortable away win with two more successful efforts in the last 20 minutes.

Bremen moved into eighth place - two points shy of a Europa League spot - with Hoffenheim remaining in 16th place courtesy of a fourth straight defeat.

Bremen grabbed the lead in the 21st minute from a set-piece as Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick met Prodl, who jumped above Joselu to send a looping header over Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Arnautovic doubled the advantage just eight minutes later after Daniel Williams lost the ball deep inside his own territory. Arnautovic played a one-two with De Bruyne before beating Casteels with his left foot.

Bremen had a number of chances during the remainder of the half, including a counter-attack in the 45th minute that saw De Bruyne fire well wide of the target instead of passing to a team-mate.

Hoffenheim pulled a goal back five minutes after the break as Salihovic beat Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz to his far corner with a left-footed shot.

The hosts had a number of chances but could not convert any, with Joselu's volley flying just over the crossbar.

Bremen missed a couple of chances in the 72nd minute as both Lukas Schmitz and Theo Gebre Selassie came close.

But Arnautovic re-established a two-goal lead a minute later with a curling free-kick that flew over the wall and dipped into the top-left corner.

And the Austrian completed his hat-trick in the 79th minute, running onto a through ball from Joseph Akpala and chipping it past Casteels.

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2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
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8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
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12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
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16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25