SV Werder Bremen reached the DFB Cup semi-finals after beating ten-man Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
Red card: Wendell (41’)
There was a distinct Latin American flair to this tie, with the first three goals all scored by players from across the Atlantic. The hosts looked to be on course for victory when Mexican superstar Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez scored from the penalty spot midway through the first half. However, Bremen levelled shortly afterwards through Argentinian defender Santiago Garcia.
Leverkusen’s night soured just before half-time when Brazilian defender Wendell was sent off for a foul on Fin Bartels, allowing Peruvian sharpshooter Claudio Pizarro to fire Bremen ahead from the ensuing penalty. The home side threw everything forward in search of an equaliser in the second half, but Bremen scored a third on the break late on through Austrian midfielder Florian Grillitsch to book their place in the last four.
Man of the match
Pizarro continued his remarkable scoring streak here, netting his fourth goal in his last three competitive outings to help Bremen on their way, while his effort also teed up Grillitsch for Werder’s third.
Leverkusen: Leno – Hilbert (Ramalho 46’), Toprak (c), Tah, Wendell – Bellarabi, Kampl, Kramer (Brandt 76’), Calhanoglu – Kießling, Hernandez (Papadopoulos 57’)
Bremen: Wiedwald – Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Djilobodji, Garcia (Guwara 74’) – Vestergaard – Öztunali (Veljkovic 89’), Fritz (c), Bartels, Grillitsch - Pizarro (Ujah 86’)