Werder Bremen 2-0 Hamburg

Posted on September 10, 2011

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GOALS from Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro in the second-half was enough for Werder Bremen to ease past their Northern rivals Hamburg at the Weserstadion.

The Werder striker connected on to Marko Marin’s free-kick for the first goal on 48 minutes and then rattled home a second from Aaron Hunt’s corner kick in the last 15 minutes of the game.

Thomas Schaaf’s side dominated throughout the match and continued their superb start to the season, whilst Michael Oenning was left cursing his luck after another defeat keeps Hamburg at the bottom of the table.

The Bremen coach made two forced changes to the back-four with Sebastian Prodl replacing Per Mertesacker who made a £10m switch to Arsenal in the transfer window. Aleksander Ignjovski slotted in at left-back ahead of Lukas Schmitz who was ruled out through injury.

Michael Oenning also made two forced changes from Hamburg’s defeat to FC Koln a week before the international break with Michael Mancienne replacing the injured Dennis Diekmeier at right-back and Jose Guerrero returning from injury to take the place of Son Heung-Min who has been ruled out for over a month.

Oenning slightly tinkered with his 4-3-3 formation to make it closer to a 4-4-2 with Marcell Jansen and Per Skjelbred on the flanks with Mladen Petric and Jose Guerrero in attack.

Werder 2-0 Hamburg: 90 minutes

In the early exchanges of this Nordderby, both teams seemed to be holding back to see what either could throw at them early on.

Phillip Bargfrede had the first attempt on goal from the edge of the penalty area but his rather tame shot went harmlessly past Jaroslav Drobny.

Marko Marin and Claudio Pizarro would link up to put Hamburg to the sword in the second half but just after the 15th minute mark, Marin’s short through pass to Pizarro allowed the Werder hitman to fire a shot at goal from 17 yards but it sailed just over the top.

In the heat of the derby, referee Manuel Graefe was busy with his yellow card, booking Slobodan Rajkovic, Marko Marin, Claudio Pizarro and Jose Guerrero in the first-half.

Werder were beginning to create the better chances in the first-half with Aaron Hunt forcing Drobny in to a smart save after his free-kick had rebounded off the wall.

And with six minutes until half-time, Schaaf’s side came within inches of taking the lead when Marin’s corner was met by defender Sokratis who struggled to get the ball under control but when he did, he fired an effort against the crossbar with Drobny well beaten.

The ball was in the back of the net three minutes after the break when Marko Marin’s corner was flicked to the back-post where Pizarro battled with Westermann and managed to divert the ball in to the net but the referee ruled it out for a foul by the Peruvian on the HSV skipper.

But the goal came just four minutes later, Marin was the creator for the hitman Claudio Pizarro to open the scoring for Bremen and pile misery on the shoulders of Oenning.

Marin’s free-kick connected with the post before Pizarro was on hand to convert the easiest of chances in to the Hamburg net.

Hamburg squandered one of the best chances of the match at a good time in the game when Mladen Petric found space inside the box but Tim Wiese reacted well to thwart the Croatian striker.

With both teams looking stretched in the last 15 minutes, the tricky footwork of Marin was causing all sorts of problems and he set up Hunt who had a low left-foot shot saved from the Czech keeper between the sticks.

And Bremen added a second goal to the scoreline when Hunt’s corner was met by Pizarro who controlled and volleyed the ball past the helpless Drobny.

Wiese denied Petric for a second time in the game when Marcell Jansen played a neat pass in to the feet for Petric who turned on his favoured left-side but his shot was parried clear by the Bremen keeper.

In the last five minutes, Aaron Hunt and Mehmet Ekici both came close to scoring, the former almost lobbing Drobny from the edge of the box and the latter missing from the edge of the six-yard box.

But it stayed 2-0 to Werder and while the home side celebrated, you could only wonder what was going through the minds of Frank Arnesen and Michael Oenning with Hamburg rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

MOTM: Marko Marin (Werder Bremen)

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