SV Werder Bremen continue to climb the Bundesliga ladder after a 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen extended their unbeaten run to three matches.
SV Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Bremen drew first blood in the 15th minute when Zlatko Junuzovic swept home after Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno could only parry an effort from Ousman Manneh back out into the danger zone. The visitors responded well to that set back, however, with Hakan Calhanoglu - who had already gone close with a free-kick - heading home Kevin Kampl's inch-perfect cross to send the two sides in level at half-time.
Despite ending the first half in the ascendancy, Leverkusen offered little in the second period. Bremen duly retook the lead through Manneh following a set-piece straight from the training ground and, even after Leverkusen substitute Admir Mehmedi had a goal ruled out for offside, it was the hosts who carried the greater threat, with the brilliant Manneh unlucky not to add to his tally late on.
Unbeaten in their last three, Bremen look a completely different proposition under the stewardship of Alexander Nouri. The Green-Whites are playing with a genuine spring in their step, and now sit three points clear of the relegation zone.
- Bremen have not kept a clean sheet all season.Leverkusen have scored at least once in their last 17 away outings in the Bundesliga - the longest such run of any Bundesliga club.Junuzovic grabbed his first Bundesliga goal since 2 April 2016.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Sane, Moisander, S. Garcia - Grillitisch - Hajrovic (Bauer 83'), Fritz (c) (U. Garcia 68'), Junuzovic, Gnabry (Bartels 44') - Manneh
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Tah, Toprak (c), Wendell - Aranguiz (Havertz 83'), Kampl - Brandt (Kießling 72'), Calhanoglu - Volland (Mehmedi 57'), Chicharito
Coach: Roger Schmidt