Thomas Schaaf’s home side had won consecutive games for the first time this season after triumphing in Stuttgart last week and began the game like a team in form as Petersen flashed the first chance of the game wide. Freiburg’s work rate was impressive in the early stages, however, and after Jan Rosenthal had gone close with two headers, they took the lead when Max Kruse’s half-volley found the corner.
Bremen were not behind for long, though, as excellent Kevin de Bruyne played in Nils Petersen to poke in an equaliser before the break. In the second period Freiburg had were indebted to keeper Oliver Baumann and the woodwork for ensuring the scores remained level. Only the crossbar kept out Zlatko Junuzovic’s header, before Baumann palmed Eljero Elia’s rebound clear. It turned out to be a crucial save as Freiburg retook the lead through Daniel Caligiuri’s penalty after the midfielder had been felled by Sebastian Prödl in the box.
The hosts hit back soon afterwards as Marko Arnautovic’s cross had ricocheted kindly for Petersen to tap home, but Christian Streich’s men continued to plug away and soon led for a third time as Gintner volleyed home after Karim Guede had struck the crossbar. Petersen hit the woodwork again for Bremen, but Freiburg held firm to claim a hard-earned victory.
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