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Madrid scalp keeps Bremen in hunt

Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 0.45CET
Werder Bremen 3-2 Real Madrid CF
Bremen breathed fresh life into their Group C campaign, denying Madrid an early passage in the process.
by Chris Burke
from Bremen
Madrid scalp keeps Bremen in hunt
Boubacar Sanogo cannot hide his delight after putting Bremen in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BremenReal Madrid

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners7
 
3
Offsides2
 
10
Fouls committed21
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 0.45CET

Madrid scalp keeps Bremen in hunt

Werder Bremen 3-2 Real Madrid CF
Bremen breathed fresh life into their Group C campaign, denying Madrid an early passage in the process.

Werder Bremen breathed fresh life into their UEFA Champions League bid with a 3-2 victory against Group C leaders Real Madrid CF, a result that denied the visitors the point they needed to wrap up qualification early.

Hopes of progress
Bremen still face the harder task, needing to win at Olympiacos CFP to be sure of progressing while Madrid can draw at home to S.S. Lazio, but they will be ecstatic to be in this position thanks to strikes from Markus Rosenberg, Boubacar Sanogo and Aaron Hunt. Robinho and Ruud van Nistelrooy struck for the visitors in a pulsating encounter.

Rosenberg opener
With so much riding on this game, Bremen will have been distraught to lose midfielder Tim Borowski to a late groin injury. They were not alone in suffering a last-minute withdrawal, though, and Fabio Cannavaro's absence due to a virus looked far more significant when Madrid's central defensive pairing of Pepe and Christoph Metzelder were caught napping after just five minutes. Clemens Fritz spun the ball in from the right and after it bounced off Sanogo's shoulder, Rosenberg bobbled a scrappy effort beyond Iker Casillas.

Robino leveller
Having contributed to the opener, Fritz then staggered off with a suspected thigh complaint, to be replaced by Duško Tošić. Whether that blow encouraged the visitors or not, they were level in the 14th minute, after Marcelo wrestled back possession on the halfway line and served Robinho with an excellent ball down the left channel. The tricky Brazilian skipped inside and just as Per Mertsesacker readied to challenge, he curled a sumptuous shot into the far corner of Christian Vander's goal.

Sanogo strike
Chances dried up after that explosive start, but both sides kept attacking and Bremen centre-back Naldo nearly snuck an effort inside Casillas's near post. Robinho maintained the pressure at the other end, but it was the hosts who went in ahead at the break, and again they carved out their opening down the right. This time, Rosenberg surged past Fernando Gago, evaded Metzelder's rash tackle and set up Sanogo for an expertly-taken volley the Ivorian swept inside the far post.

Casillas save
Thomas Schaaf clearly did not instruct his charges to tighten up after the break and they nearly added a third when Sanogo's header from a Daniel Jensen cross was clawed thrillingly off the line by Casillas. Van Nistelrooy had gone close for the Spanish champions before that and he spurned a gilt-edged chance in the 56th minute, somehow placing Robinho's centre wide when unmarked.

Madrid reminder
That miss was made to look even worse less than 120 seconds later, as Jensen lofted a pass in behind Madrid's defence and Hunt – back after a long knee injury lay-off – steered the ball past the onrushing Casillas. Jensen's visionary pass suggested Schaaf had picked the right man to replace Diego – but if Bremen believed they could have everything their own way, they were given a timely jolt 19 minutes from time when Van Nistelrooy chipped the ball over Vander. Robinho attempted to add his own finishing touch but was too late, as were Madrid in their attempt to turn the match in their favour.

Last updated: 29/11/07 17.31CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

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Real Madrid

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card61
4
NaldoNaldo
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card80
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
Yellow Card88
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution6
8
GagoFernando Gago
Substitution61
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Goal5
10
RobinhoRobinho
Goal14
Substitution75
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Yellow Card10
Goal58
Substitution76
12
MarceloMarcelo
18
SanogoBoubacar Sanogo
Goal40
Substitution87
14
GutiGuti
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
Goal71
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder

Substitutes

40
PellatzNico Pellatz (GK)
25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
13
D. TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution6
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
Substitution87
11
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution75
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
18
SaviolaJavier Saviola
31
ArtmannKevin Artmann
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution76
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution61
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Bernd Schuster (GER)

Referee

Pieter Vink (NED)

Assistant referees

Adrianus Inia (NED), Hans Ten Hoove (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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