3-0 win over Hannover
11.03.2012, 15:44:48 Uhr
Schaaf made two changes to his starting line-up with Prödl returning from his severe facial injuries to replace Francois Affolter and the suspended captain Clemens Fritz taking the place of Aleksandar Ignjovski.
Wiese strong saves
A sold-out crowd of 42,000 at Weser Stadium saw an exciting game from the beginning with a high tempo, lots of passion and numerous goal scenes. Bremen keeper Tim Wiese showcased his skills after just 14 minutes with a superb save on Didier Ya Konan. Green-Whites defender Sokratis saved a shot at the goalline shortly thereafter as Bremen were lucky to have not conceded an early goal.
Schaaf had to sub out Marko Marin after just 18 minutes with a muscle injury as Mehmet Ekici replaced him in the midfield. Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler made a good save on Pizarro's free kick in the 22nd minute. But Wiese was called up to make a great stop on Konstantin Rausch in the 28th minute and Lars Stindl shot wide in the 30th minute.
Werder took the lead 1-0 in the 31st minute as Ekici's free kick from the right side found the Peruvian, who held off a Hannover defender and struck home his 16th goal of the season. The Green-Whites appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead in first half stoppage time but Rosenberg's goal was disallowed on a foul away from the ball - giving Bremen a 1-0 lead at the break.
Prödl and Rosenberg successful
Werder came out of the changing room and pushed forward straight away and doubled the advantage 2-0 in the 49th minute as Prödl headed in Ekici's free kick. Prödl was back in the line-up for the first time since the first match of the second half of the season. Bremen did not wait long to finish off Hannover as Rosenberg scored to make it 3-0 in the 56th minute, poking a through ball from Pizarro past Zieler for his first goal since December 10.
Hannover were shocked by the two quick goals and struggled to find any rhythm though a goal by Ya Konan in the 79th minute was disallowed for a Hannover player being offside. In the end, the Green-Whites were able to open a four point gap on Hannover for sixth place.