Werder Bremen lifted the DFB-Pokal and booked their place in the Europa League next season thanks to a narrow win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Mesut Ozil’s deflected strike in the 58th minute was enough to win the game for a dominant Bremen side at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
Bremen had enough chances to win the game several times over against a lifeless Leverkusen, whose coach Bruno Labbadia goes into showdown talks with his club’s board next week having failed to deliver the expected success this season.
Diego, playing his last game for Bremen before moving to Juventus next season, was given a very warm reception from the fans from northern Germany, who made up the majority inside the sold-out Olympiastadion.
He bowed to them having vowed to leave on a high note by winning the DFB-Pokal.
The early indications were promising for Bremen as Sebastian Prodl brought a decent save out of Rene Adler.
Torsten Frings’ shot was then blocked by Manuel Friedrich when Claudio Pizarro unselfishly played the ball back to the Germany midfielder when perhaps he could have shot himself from inside the area.
Patrick Helmes had Leverkusen’s best chance of the whole game in the 22nd minute when the ball …Read more »