Bremen - Werder Bremen passed up an opportunity to pull free of the relegation battle as they were pegged back by two late 1899 Hoffenheim goals at the Weserstadion.

Thomas Schaaf’s men, without a win since beating Stuttgart on Matchday 21, were ahead just two minutes into the game as Aaron Hunt stroked home a penalty after Hoffenheim’s David Abraham had fouled Nils Petersen.

And it was not long before they found themselves two goals to the good, Kevin De Bruyne sweeping home Petersen’s cross with aplomb.

Sting in the tail

For much of the second half, the hosts kept Hoffenheim at bay with relative ease and keeper Sebastian Mielitz was rarely called into action. The nerves began to fray, however, when substitute Sven Schipplock pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining, and the Hoffenheim turnaround was completed in stoppage time as Schipplock tapped in his second.

It was a hammer blow for Bremen, who are now just three points clear of 16th-placed FC Augsburg in the relegation play-off spot. For Hoffenheim, however, this could yet prove a priceless point in their bid to avoid the drop.

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