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Weserstadion (ATT 40,100) 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Bastian Dankert

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

W Bremen 3

P Bargfrede (18)
S Garcia (78)
N Petersen (90+2)


Hoffenheim 1

K Volland (3)

Vital victory for Werder Bremen

Last Updated: 19/04/14 5:01pm

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Cedrick Makiadi holds off Tarik Elyounoussi

Cedrick Makiadi holds off Tarik Elyounoussi

Werder Bremen picked up a vital three points to stave off relegation danger with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.

Kevin Volland had stuck Markus Gisdol's men ahead within three minutes, but a rallying response from Werder, through goals from Philipp Bargfrede, Santiago Garcia and Nils Petersen, won the points.

Hoffenheim's Sejad Salihovic also missed a penalty on 86 minutes which would have levelled the game at 2-2.

The away side, with the third most goals scored in the league this season, needed just three minutes before adding to their tally at the Weser-Stadion.

Roberto Firmino slipped through a pass to open up the Werder defence and Volland sweetly turned Raphael Wolf, then slotting in from a tight angle.

Brazilian Firmino missed moments later, but his cute pass for Volland took him to 35 'scorer points' in all competitions this season - 20 goals and 15 assists.

Bremen looked to be in for a long afternoon, but found a way out of a ruck 13 minutes later. Bargfrede's strike skimmed a white away shirt and rippled the back of the net to level the scores.

Hoffenheim's attacking fluidity was contained well by Robin Dutt's hard-working team who would get their just rewards late in the second half to aid their push for survival.

Twelve minutes from the end, Werder Bremen got the decisive second when Garcia, who scored the winner against Bayer Leverkusen in December, converted Aaron Hunt's corner-kick.

Hoffenheim could have levelled with four minutes to go, but the usually clinical Salihovic saw his spot-kick saved by Bremen keeper Wolf.

Then, as the game became stretched, Bremen got the killer third goal when Franco Di Santo sneaked the ball out of the corner to cut back to Petersen who rammed the ball high into the net.

Werder Bremen leap into 11th place on 36 points and hold a nine-point cushion from the relegation zone.

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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 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15