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Weserstadion (ATT 37,270) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Daniel Siebert

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg Wolfsburg

W Bremen 1

S Prodl (16)


Wolfsburg 3

J Malanda (2)
I Perisic (10)
M Arnold (80)

Wolfsburg keep up Europe hopes with away victory at Werder Bremen

Last Updated: 25/03/14 9:36pm

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Junior Malanda of Wolfsburg celebrates after scoring his team's first goal

Junior Malanda of Wolfsburg celebrates after scoring his team's first goal

Wolfsburg kept up the challenge for the fourth Champions League spot after a comfortable 3-1 triumph at Werder Bremen.

Dieter Hecking's side jump into fifth to apply extra pressure to free-falling Bayer Leverkusen, with goals coming either side of the break through Junior Malanda, Ivan Perisic and Maximilian Arnold.

Werder's only reply came from Sebastian Prodl.

The Wolves wasted no time in forging a lead from their first opportunity in the opening 100 seconds as Malanda headed past Raphael Wolf with the aid of a deflection.

Bremen lacked inspiration early doors and were two behind before 10 minutes had been played following a super, crisp attack from Wolfsburg. Right-back Christian Trasch forced the issue, linking with Arnold, who laid off delicately for Croatian Perisic to slam into the net.

Credit has to be afforded to Robin Dutt's side for their reaction to the second goal because the margin was slashed within six minutes when Sebastian Prodl took advantage of indecisive goalkeeping from Diego Benaglio to score.

Benaglio, Wolfsburg's Swiss skipper, was on the verge of coming off with five minutes left in the first half due to a niggling injury problem.

After the restart, Wolfsburg started on the front-foot with Werder's Clemens Fritz blocking well to prevent Daniel Caligiuri from hitting the target.

Caligiuri is normally a reliable finisher from inside the penalty area, but he missed an almost open goal after the hour mark as he struggled to control his balance.

Wolfsburg then capped a fine evening's work through Arnold's well-struck left-foot shot which found the back of the net.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 76
2 Wolfsburg 31 62
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 60
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 58
5 Schalke 31 45
6 FC Augsburg 31 43
7 Werder Bremen 31 42
8 Hoffenheim 31 41
9 Borussia Dortmund 31 40
10 Mainz 31 37
11 Cologne 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 36
13 Hertha Berlin 31 34
14 Hamburg 31 31
15 SC Paderborn 07 31 31
16 SC Freiburg 31 30
17 Hannover 96 31 30
18 Stuttgart 31 27