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Bayern beat Bremen as race for fourth heats up

Published: Saturday 26 April 2014, 20.45CET
Claudio Pizarro scored two as FC Bayern München recovered to beat SV Werder Bremen 5-2, while VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen were held to draws in the race for fourth.
Bayern beat Bremen as race for fourth heats up
Stefan Kiessling celebrates after scoring Leverkusen's opening goal ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 26 April 2014, 20.45CET

Bayern beat Bremen as race for fourth heats up

Claudio Pizarro scored two as FC Bayern München recovered to beat SV Werder Bremen 5-2, while VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen were held to draws in the race for fourth.

Claudio Pizarro scored twice as FC Bayern München came from behind to beat SV Werder Bremen 5-2 as the race for fourth spot in the Bundesliga heated up.

Having dropped eight points in their last four matches, another defeat was on the horizon as the hosts twice fell behind. Aaron Hunt earned Bremen a half-time lead after Franck Ribéry had cancelled out Theodore Gebre Selassie's opener.

However, veteran striker Pizarro turned the contest on its head, tapping in a corner before poking in his second four minutes later. A towering header from Bastian Schweinsteiger and a goal after 46 seconds for substitute Arjen Robben sealed the win.

Fifth-placed VfL Wolfsburg were twice pegged back as their charge for a UEFA Champions League spot was held up by SC Freiburg. Ivan Perišić struck both for the hosts, but Admir Mehmedi and Marco Terazzino replied as Freiburg held on to a 2-2 draw.

Fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen could not take advantage in their late meeting with Borussia Dortmund, however, as they suffered the same fate as Wolfsburg. Oliver Kirch and Marco Reus cancelled out Lars Bender and Gonzalo Castro goals respectively. Leverkusen lead the Wolves by a single point with two games to go.

Four points back are 1. FSV Mainz 05, whose impressive season continued with a 2-0 defeat of 1. FC Nürnberg, leaving Nürnberg six points adrift of guaranteed safety at the foot of the table.

Survival via the relegation play-offs is now the only target available to bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig following their 2-0 reverse at Hertha BSC Berlin. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt finished goalless.

Last updated: 27/04/14 0.27CET

Results

German Bundesliga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 26/04/2014 20:21 CET

26/04/2014

LeverkusenLeverkusen2-2DortmundDortmund

Bender 7, Castro 35

Kirch 29, Reus 39 (P)

Venue: Leverkusen

26/04/2014

MainzMainz2-0NürnbergNürnberg

Okazaki 30, Moritz 44

Venue: Mainz

26/04/2014

HoffenheimHoffenheim0-0Eintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt

Venue: Sinsheim

26/04/2014

BayernBayern5-2BremenBremen

Ribéry 20, Pizarro 53, 57, Schweinsteiger 61, Robben 74

Gebre Selassie 10, Hunt 36

Venue: München

26/04/2014

HerthaHertha2-0BraunschweigBraunschweig

Brooks 61, Allagui 77

Venue: Berlin

26/04/2014

WolfsburgWolfsburg2-2FreiburgFreiburg

Perišić 3, 70

Mehmedi 61, Terrazzino 83

Venue: Wolfsburg

25/04/2014

HannoverHannover0-0StuttgartStuttgart

Venue: Hannover

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