BREMEN, April 20 (Bundesliga) - Werder Bremen moved to the top of the Bundesliga thanks to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Alemannia Aachen on Friday night.
The visitors went ahead through a Sergio Pinto goal in only the second minute and they held on until half time.
But two tactical changes made by Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf during the interval soon paid off as both substitutes Daniel Jensen and Markus Rosenberg turned the game in the home side's favour with goals in the 50th and 56th minutes.
As Aachen threw everything at Bremen - including goalkeeper Kristian Nicht - Diego rounded off the win with a magical 50-yard strike in stoppage time.
Before Bremen even had chance to think, they were behind at the Weser Stadium.
Pinto rushed forward as Marius Ebbers broke clear on the counter-attack down the right and the Aachen midfielder's cross was met by the Portugal-born striker in the middle.
Tim Wiese managed to get a hand on the ball but could not stop it crossing the line.
The home side were shocked and a Miroslav Klose shot which whistled past the far post was the closest they came to equalising in the first half.
It was a completely different Bremen which took to the field for the second 45 minutes, though.
The were personnel changes as Jensen and Rosenberg replaced Frank Baumann and Jurica Vranjes, but there was also a notable change of attitude.
They soon laid siege to the Aachen goal and were level when Jensen was put through by Rosenberg and he placed his shot to the left of goalkeeper Nicht.
Not long later, Rosenberg beat Alexander Klitzpera to a long ball with his head and chased the ball through to slot past Nicht from just inside the penalty area.
Patrick Owomoyela almost made it three when his 20-yard shot clipped the top of the crossbar.
Diego also came close while it was the referee who got in the way of Torsten Frings as he made a beeline for the goal.
Having weathered the storm, Aachen began to regain their composure and look for an unlikely equaliser.
The introduction of Sascha Dum added a new dimension to their attack, but all too often, the assistant's flag came to the rescue of the Werder defence, who were never really put under too much threat.
Three minutes from the end, Jan Schlaudraff finally did beat the offside trap, but he could not beat Tim Wiese from a tight angle.
Goalkeeper Nicht went forward for a free-kick late on and, as the ball was cleared, Diego launched a shot from fully ten yards inside his own half into the empty goal to seal all three points and take Bremen top of the Bundesliga.