29.04.2007: Bremen miss chance to go top

German Football
By German Football April 30, 2007 04:44

29.04.2007: Bremen miss chance to go top

Werder Bremen completed a miserable week when they were beaten 3-2 by Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday, squandering their chance to go top of the Bundesliga three weeks from the end of the season.

Werder, beaten 3-0 by Spanish side Espanyol in the UEFA Cup semi-final, first leg on Thursday, had the chance to overtake slumping Schalke 04 but ended the weekend third on 60 points.

The Bundesliga championship tightened dramatically. Schalke, beaten 2-1 by VfL Bochum on Friday, cling to a one-point lead on 62 points with VfB Stuttgart second on 61 after a 1-0 defeat of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Only Bayern Munich, in fourth, fell off the pace with their second straight defeat on Saturday, losing to Hamburg SV 2-1. The outgoing champions have 53 points and have all but been eliminated from next season’s Champions League competition.

‘It’s going to remain tense all the way to the end of the season,’ said Werder coach Thomas Schaaf after his team’s three-match, league winning streak was ended by Bielefeld, whose second successive win lifted them out of the relegation zone.

‘We had our chance to go to the top but we didn’t take it. Both teams played a great match even if we made too many mistakes. I think a close race to the wire and matches like this are good for football.’

Bielefeld went ahead three times in a high-pace thriller with plenty of chances at both ends and Werder equalised twice. Christian Eigler scored Bielefeld’s winner after 79 minutes.

Eigler collided in front of the Werder goal with keeper Andreas Reinke and Werder defender Naldo. Eigler was the first of the three to bounce back onto his feet, he spun around and tapped the ball into the open goal.

Bielefeld went ahead after 30 minutes when Heiko Westermann broke free of Bremen markers and headed in a Joerg Boehme free kick. Miroslav Klose equalised just before the hour, tapping in a rebound from close-range.

Jonas Kamper put the visitors 2-1 ahead two minutes later with a shot into the far corner from the right before Hugo Almeida came off the bench to head a long Klose cross into the Bielefeld goal in the 74th minute.

‘It was incredible the way we fought to get the lead three times,’ said Bielefeld coach Ernst Middendorf, whose team are three points clear of the relegation zone. ‘But we still need more points. It was a small step but we’re not safe yet.’

German Football
By German Football April 30, 2007 04:44
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