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February 27, 2011 11:30 AM EST
Weserstadion — Bremen
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 37500‎
 
Top of the Match
Eren Derdiyok
Eren Derdiyok
Leverkusen
René Adler
René Adler
Leverkusen
Flop of the Match
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Leverkusen
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Leverkusen

Werder Bremen 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen: Proedl Rescues Vital Point For Werder In Stoppage Time

Leverkusen looked set to open up a six point gap on Bayern but they were denied by Sebastian Proedl's stoppage time equalizer.

By Gary Niblock

Florian Trinks, Werder Bremen
Bongarts
A superb fightback from Werder Bremen earned the relegation battlers a vital point as Bayer Leverkusen wasted the opportunity to open up a six-point gap on Bayern Munich in the race for the runners-up spot. Leverkusen were coasting thanks to goals from Eren Derdiyok and Simon Rolfes but the home side never gave up and got what their spirit deserved.

Die Werkself took the lead four minutes before the break from a corner won when Tim Wiese had pulled off a superb reflex stop from Sidney Sam. The Bremen 'keeper's heroics were in vain as Eren Derdiyok leaped like a salmon from Gonzalo Castro's subsequent set-piece to power home his header into the net.

The visitors doubled their lead midway through the second period through their skipper. Michal Kadlec retrieved the ball after the initial corner was cleared. Derdiyok then laid the ball off to the unmarked Simon Rolfes, who kept his composure to stroke the ball beyond Wiese and put the game beyond doubt.

Die Gruen-Weissen gave themselves hope with eight minutes left. Florian Trinks' wonderful cross from the left-hand side towards Mertesacker was headed into the net by the unfortunate Stefan Kiessling, who had replaced Derdiyok just a minute earlier.  The goal sparked rather emotional celebrations from Schaaf on the touchline and gave Werder renewed hope.



Buoyed by having a numerical advantage, Werder rescued a point in dramatic fashion in the first minute of injury time. Leverkusen's offside trap failed them as Aaron Hunt picked out the head of center-back Sebastian Proedl and the Austrian defender powered home the header.

Werder included youngster Trinks in the starting line-up ahead of Marko Marin and the 18-year old looked bright in the early stages. He played a fine through-ball on 19 minutes to find Tim Borowski but the veteran's tame left-footed strike failed to trouble Rene Adler. Borowski then spurned an even better chance. Trinks was the provider once more but again the veteran's finishing touch lacked confidence and Adler parried the ball to safety.

Leverkusen had a goal ruled out for offside just before the half-hour mark. Per Mertesacker's clearing header found Arturo Vidal, whose blocked shot ricocheted to Castro. The utility man forced a fine stop from Wiese and although Derdiyok tucked the rebound away, the Swiss attacker stood in an offside position.

After Leverkusen's second goal, Werder threw caution to the wind and Sandro Wagner was foiled by an excellent point-blank save from Adler on 73 minutes. Claudio Pizarro was denied four minutes from time by Adler before Arturo Vidal was sent off after picking up a second booking for scything down Clemens Fritz.

Werder have once again slipped into the relegation play-off spot ahead of next week's long trip south to Freiburg. Leverkusen are ten points off Dortmund and they host another side battling the drop next week in Wolfsburg.

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Werder Bremen

1
Tim Wiese
Goalkeeper
2.50
18
3.00
15
3.50
4
Per Mertesacker
Defender
3.50
41
Dominik Schmidt
Midfielder
68′
3.00
35
Florian Trinks
Midfielder
82′
3.50
44
Philipp Bargfrede
Midfielder
59′
2.00
6
Tim Borowski
Midfielder
37′
3.00
8
Clemens Fritz
Striker
36′
2.50
33
Sandro Wagner
Striker
3.00
14
3.00

Leverkusen

3.50
15
René Adler
Goalkeeper
3.00
24
3.50
-
Sami Hyypia
Defender
3.00
3
3.00
3
Daniel Schwaab
Midfielder
56′
2.50
27
Gonzalo Castro
Midfielder
42′ 88′
3.00
6
Simon Rolfes
Midfielder
67′
3.50
10
Renato Augusto
Midfielder
2.50
23
2.50
18
Sidney Sam
Striker
69′
3.50
9

Substitutes

10
2.50
1
0.00
3
0.00
3
0.00
14
Aaron Hunt
Midfielder
37′ 91′
2.50
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
59′
2.50
44
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
2
1.50
11
2.00
13
0.00
18
0.00
33
Tomasz Bobel
Goalkeeper
0.00
20
D. da Costa
Defender
0.00
17

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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