Max Kruse was the beating heart of Werder Bremen’s stirring comeback against Hamburg that secured a 2-1 win in the Nordderby at the Weser Stadion.

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He was denied by Christian Mathenia’s smart reflexes after just 30 seconds, but drew his side level with a header late in the first half. He came close to scoring again before setting up Florian Kainz for the winner that keeps Bremen in the hunt for a place in Europe next term.

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Top facts

  • Kruse scored his first headed goal since November 2015, which also came against Hamburg when he was with Wolfsburg.
  • He needs one more goal to reach double figures in a Bundesliga season for the fourth time.
  • His 37 completed passes were the most by a Bremen player against Hamburg.

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