Bremen win German cup

German Football
By German Football May 31, 2009 06:29

Bremen win German cup

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 fell at his feet just eight yards out from goal, but he completely mis-kicked with just Tim Wiese to beat.

All of the action was concentrated in front of Adler’s goal and he was clearly feeling the pressure as he fumbled Naldo’s 30-yard free-kick into the path of Frings, but Diego stole in from the side to take the shooting opportunity away from his team-mate.

Bremen may have wondered how they went into the break without scoring as Naldo’s header was tipped over the bar by Adler on the stroke of half-time.

But Thomas Schaaf’s men got the goal they were looking for, and thoroughly deserved, when Ozil’s angled shot took a slight deflection off Friedrich to beat Adler at his near post in the 58th minute.

That goal proved to be enough to win the cup for Bremen.

Stefan Kiessling had the one and only chance to take the game to extra-time when he beat the offside trap in the 79th minute, but Prodl recovered to clear.

[Soccernet]

German Football
By German Football May 31, 2009 06:29
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