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Bundesliga Wednesday Round-Up: Werder Hit Five, Hamburg Win

Schalke 1-2 Stuttgart

Hamburg 3-1 Bochum

Arminia Bielefeld 0-2 Hoffenheim

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-5 Werder Bremen

Energie Cottbus 0-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach    

Schalke 1-2 Stuttgart  

Stuttgart kept their title dreams alive with an away win over Schalke at the Veltins Arena.   

The Swabians opened the scoring on 15 minutes.  Mladen Krstajic lost the ball to Brazilian Cacau outside the area and when he and Levan Kobiashvili backed off, the Stuttgart striker let fly with a bullet of a shot that flew past Manuel Neuer and into the net.     

Six minutes before the interval Schalke were back on level terms with a first goal of the season from Ivan Rakitic.  The Croatian took control from a direct free-kick and he curled the ball superbly over the Stuttgart wall to make it 1-1.     

Stuttgart restored their lead though on 56 minutes after a howler from Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer.  Hitzlsperger fired in a shot from distance, and when Neuer allowed the ball to spill out, Ciprian Marica was on hand to turn the ball into the net.   

Hamburg 3-1 Bochum  

Hamburg got back to winning ways after their recent disappointments against Werder in the league and Cups.   

HSV opened the scoring fifteen minutes in with Peruvian Paulo Guerrero on target.  A long clearance from Frank Rost was headed poorly by Anthar Yahia and Marcell Jansen played the ball to Guerrero, who fired in a great effort from 28 meters out giving keeper Daniel Fernandes no chance.   

Ivica Olic made it 2-0 on 33 minutes as he headed home a corner from Dennis Aogo.  The Croatian out-jumped Cosmin Concha to double the home side’s lead.   

Olic added his second and Hamburg’s third on 58 minutes to leave Bochum down and out.  The Croatian found himself up against four defenders in the penalty box, but still managed to get a shot away from a tight angle to make it 3-0.   

Paul Freier pulled one back for the visitors on 71 minutes.  Joel Epalle carved out the opportunity as he sent in the ex-German international, who scored with a right-foot shot into the left-hand corner.   

Arminia Bielefeld 0-2 Hoffenheim  

Bielefeld find themselves in the bottom three after Hoffenheim notched up their second successive Bundesliga win.   

The visitors got themselves in front with 25 minutes played.  A long ball from their own half gave Andre Mijatovic all the time in the world to clear, but the Bielefeld defender also succeeded in chesting the ball to Brazilian Wellington.  He said ‘thank-you very much’ and scored with ease.   

Nine minutes from time the game saw a red card, a penalty and a second goal from Hoffenheim. 

Andre Mijatovic fouled Demba Ba inside the area and received his marching orders for a second yellow card.  A penalty was awarded and Bosnian Sejad Salihovic converted the spot-kick for the visitors.   

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-5 Werder Bremen  

Werder Bremen went on a second-half rampage against Frankfurt hitting five goals in 45 second-half minutes.   

A goalless first-half was followed with a goal just five minutes into the second 45 minutes.  Mesut Oezil burst into the penalty area, where he was taken out from behind by Patrick Ochs.  The Eintracht man saw a red card and a penalty was awarded.  With Diego not playing, Torsten Frings took the spot-kick and beat Markus Proell.   

Five minutes later and Frings added another to put Werder firmly in control at the Commerzbank Arena.  Claudio Pizarro received the ball with his back to goal before laying the ball off to Frings.  The midfielder hit his shot from 18 meters out and it went in off the post.  

Werder really had the bit between their teeth at the start of the second period and added a third on the hour mark.  Mesut Oezil put a free-kick into the area, where Greek midfielder Alexandros Tziolis headed in to make it 3-0.   

3-0 soon became 4-0 three minutes later.  Oezil once again was heavily involved and his pass to Claudio Pizarro was met with a shot from the incoming Peruvian which he dispatched with aplomb.   

A fifth goal was added on 77 minutes as substitute Hugo Almeida got in on the scoring act.  The Portuguese forward, who scored twice at the weekend, fired home a direct free-kick    

Energie Cottbus 0-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach  

Having beaten Schalke with a last-minute goal at the weekend, Moenchengladbach repeated the feat with a last-minute goal at the Stadion der Freundschaft to take the spoils in this relegation six-pointer.   

The game looked destined to finish goalless before defender Dante rose to get his head to a Marko Marin corner with 91 minutes on the clock. 

The result sees Cottbus in the bottom two, but Gladbach open a three point gap between themselves and the bottom three.  

Mathew Burt, Goal.com