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Weserstadion (ATT 39,145) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

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S Garcia (74)


Garcia the hero for Bremen

Last Updated: 21/12/13 4:55pm

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Werder Bremen celebrate against Bayer Leverkusen

Werder Bremen celebrate against Bayer Leverkusen

Santiato Garcia grabbed a dramatic late winner as Werder Bremen defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at the Weser Stadion on Saturday.

Bremen's coach Robin Dutt was under pressure to deliver the points after a run of poor results, and the delight on his face come the final whistle said it all as the northern Germany side returned to winning ways to pull away from the relegation zone.

Garcia was the match-winner with his 74th-minute strike, but Bremen were worthy winners against a Leverkusen side who remain seven points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, who have a game in hand.

The tension was palpable at the Weser Stadion as Bremen took to the field looking for their first win in six games.

Having shipped 20 goals in their last five games, it was no surprise that they started the game cautiously.

Leverkusen failed to take advantage, though, and apart from a couple of Stefan Kiessling headers, they rarely threatened Raphael Wolf in the Bremen goal.

Nils Petersen was Bremen's most dangerous outlet, but he sliced a left-foot shot just wide of the post early on in the first half before sending an angled effort sailing over the crossbar just shy of the hour mark.

Garcia was at the centre of everything for the hosts, who started to emerge from their shells in the second half and seek a winner.

They found it in extraordinary circumstances in the 74th minute.

Aaron Hunt sent the ball to the feet of Cedrick Makiadi, who went down inside the penalty area and was calling for a penalty.

The referee did not need to make that decision, though, as Garcia stole in to stroke the loose ball into the bottom left-hand corner, sparking wild celebrations both on and off the field.

Eljero Elia could have made it two minutes later, but he seemed too casual about his chance, which was saved.

There was plenty of nail-biting in the stands and Leverkusen's liveliest player Emre Can saw his shot blocked by a Bremen defender, although it seemed like the whole of the stadium had built the wall to keep his effort out.

The final whistle was met with cheers of relief and joy as Bremen finally picked up maximum points again to move up to 11th.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25