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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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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 20
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 8 16
3 Mainz 8 14
4 Hoffenheim 8 14
5 Wolfsburg 8 14
6 Bayer Leverkusen 8 13
7 SC Paderborn 07 8 12
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 8 12
9 Schalke 8 11
10 Hannover 96 8 10
11 Cologne 8 9
12 FC Augsburg 8 9
13 Hertha Berlin 8 8
14 Borussia Dortmund 8 7
15 Stuttgart 8 6
16 Hamburg 8 6
17 SC Freiburg 8 5
18 Werder Bremen 8 4