A Marko-Marin inspired Bremen swept Gladbach aside in a thriller, which also saw Claudio Pizarro secure his own piece of history...Former Gladbach playmaker Marko Marin shone on his old stomping ground as Werder Bremen became the latest team to capitalise on the Bundesliga's most porous defence. In a thoroughly entertaining clash between two of Germany's most mercurial outfits, Claudio Pizarro overtook Giovane Elber as the league's all-time foreign goalscorer with his 134th strike.
Werder took the lead in the fifth minute through the aforementioned Marko Marin who netted for the first time against his former employers. His free-kick from the left-hand side was allowed to bounce through a maze of players and beyond an indecisive Logan Bailly into the net.
The visitors doubled their lead just seven minutes later through the newly-capped Brazilian international Wesley, who unleashed a fierce shot, which found the back of the net despite Bailly getting both hands to the ball.
Aaron Hunt netted Bremen's third when his left-footed strike was deflected off Filip Daems leaving Bailly stranded. The goal came thirty seconds after Sebastian Mielitz had produced a stunning reflex save to deny Mohamadou Idrissou.
Gladbach clawed a goal back in rather fortunate circumstances on 67 minutes. Marco Reus raced clear on goal but his shot was again excellently saved by Mielitz. However, the ball rebounded into the path of Per Mertesacker, who inadvertently forced the ball into his own goal.
After a long wait due to a combination of injuries and bad luck, Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro finally overtook Giovane Elber to become the Bundesliga's all-time foreign goalscorer with his 134th strike. The Peruvian blasted home from close range as he met a wicked cross from the highly impressive Wesley. It was his 63rd for die Gruen-Weissen to add to his 71 strikes for Bayern Munich.
Gladbach are left moored in the bottom four and travel to Kaiserslautern next week. Astonishingly, Michael Frontzeck's team have now conceded 27 goals in their nine games. Bremen climb up into the top half and host Nuernberg in round ten.