Bundesliga

December 2, 2012

Full-time

TSG Hoffenheim

1 - 4

Werder Bremen

Bundesliga

14:30 +00:00, December 2, 2012

Rhein-Neckar Arena

TSG Hoffenheim 1-4 Werder Bremen

#INSERT type:image caption: Marko Arnautovic claimed a treble for visitors Werder Bremen END#

Marko Arnautovic scored a hat-trick as Werder Bremen closed in on the Europa League places with a dominant victory at Hoffenheim.

Sebastian Prodl gave Bremen the lead after just 21 minutes before Arnautovic registered his first goal in the 29th minute.

Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back five minutes after the break but Arnautovic confirmed a comfortable away win with two more successful efforts in the last 20 minutes.

Bremen moved into eighth place - two points shy of a Europa League spot - with Hoffenheim remaining in 16th place courtesy of a fourth straight defeat.

Bremen grabbed the lead in the 21st minute from a set-piece as Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick met Prodl, who jumped above Joselu to send a looping header over Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Arnautovic doubled the advantage just eight minutes later after Daniel Williams lost the ball deep inside his own territory. Arnautovic played a one-two with De Bruyne before beating Casteels with his left foot.

Bremen had a number of chances during the remainder of the half, including a counter-attack in the 45th minute that saw De Bruyne fire well wide of the target instead of passing to a team-mate.

Hoffenheim pulled a goal back five minutes after the break as Salihovic beat Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz to his far corner with a left-footed shot.

The hosts had a number of chances but could not convert any, with Joselu's volley flying just over the crossbar.

Bremen missed a couple of chances in the 72nd minute as both Lukas Schmitz and Theo Gebre Selassie came close.

But Arnautovic re-established a two-goal lead a minute later with a curling free-kick that flew over the wall and dipped into the top-left corner.

And the Austrian completed his hat-trick in the 79th minute, running onto a through ball from Joseph Akpala and chipping it past Casteels.