• FT

    Leverkusen

    5

    Gladbach

    0

  • FT

    Dortmund

    6

    Bielefeld

    0

  • FT

    Hamburg SV

    0

    Cologne

    1

  • FT

    Hannover 96

    0

    Wolfsburg

    5

  • FT

    Hertha

    0

    Schalke 04

    0

  • FT

    Hoffenheim

    2

    Bayern

    2

  • FT

    Stuttgart

    2

    Cottbus

    0

  • FT

    VfL Bochum

    2

    Frankfurt

    0

  • FT

    Bremen

    1

    Karlsruhe

    3

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Weserstadion, Germany

Referee: Michael Kempter | Attendance: 39119

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Werder Bremen

  • Hugo Almeida 73'

1 - 3

FT

Karlsruhe

  • Lars Stindl 28'
  • Lars Stindl 39'
  • Alexander Iashvili 55'

Werder Bremen 1-3 Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe are still clinging to their Bundesliga status after a vital win away to Werder Bremen this afternoon.

A first-half double from Lars Stindl and an Alexander Iashvili strike put the visitors in command before Hugo Almeida pulled one back for a Bremen side, whose focus appears to be firmly on the two cup finals they have coming up.

Marco Engelhardt even missed a third-minute penalty for Karlsruhe as they avoided a repeat of last weekend's capitulation at home to Hannover when a 2-0 lead ended up as a 3-2 defeat.

The best the basement boys can hope for, with one game of the season remaining, is a place in the relegation play-off against the third-place finisher in the second division, but anything other than a win today would have been the final nail in their coffin.

Instead they are only a point adrift of third-bottom Arminia Bielefeld, while their goal difference is only three worse than Arminia's after their relegation rivals were thumped 6-0 by Borussia Dortmund today.

Karlsruhe made their intentions clear from the start and were awarded a penalty when Sebastien Prodl brought down Stindl, but Engelhardt blazed the spot-kick over the bar.

Visiting keeper Markus Miller made a comfortable save from Alexis Tziolis' shot before Karlsruhe again went close, Sebastian Freis seeing his left-footed effort come back off a post.

They made the breakthrough in the 28th minute when Stindl headed Stefano Celozzi's centre from the right into the top corner and the striker added a second 11 minutes later.

This time he drilled the ball past Bremen keeper Tim Wiese and into the bottom left corner from just outside the area.

Bremen, who still have the DFB Pokal and UEFA Cup finals to look forward to, were offering precious little and found themselves dead and buried 10 minutes after the break when Iashvili headed home Freis' cross.

Martin Harnik went close with a header of his own for Bremen before Hugo Almeida fired a 73rd-minute consolation low into the net, but there was far more riding on this game for Karlsruhe then their hosts and it showed.

Scoring Summary

  • Werder Bremen
  • Karlsruhe
Hugo Almeida (73')

Match Stats

  • Werder Bremen
  • Karlsruhe
21(7) Shots (on goal) 13(5)
16 Fouls 18
8 Corner kicks 2
2 Offsides 5
60% Time of Possession 40%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 6

Teams

  • Werder Bremen
  • Karlsruhe
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