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Klose ends drought and AZ dream

Published: Friday 13 April 2007, 0.57CET
Werder Bremen 4-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 4-1)
Miroslav Klose was twice on target as Bremen ran out convincing winners against AZ at their Weserstadion.
by Andreas Alf
from Weserstadion

Match statistics

BremenAZ

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners4
 
11
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
27
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 13 April 2007, 0.57CET

Klose ends drought and AZ dream

Werder Bremen 4-1 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 4-1)
Miroslav Klose was twice on target as Bremen ran out convincing winners against AZ at their Weserstadion.

Werder Bremen reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals in style after a Miroslav Klose double and further goals by Tim Borowski and Diego gave the Bundesliga side an emphatic 4-1 home win against AZ Alkmaar.

Deserved victory
Visitors AZ had been hoping to celebrate their 50th match in continental competition by reaching the last four and when Moussa Dembélé levelled the tie on aggregate by cancelling out Borowski's opener, qualification seemed a distinct possibility. However, Bremen ultimately proved too strong for Louis van Gaal's team who must wait for next season before adding the next chapter in their European adventures.

Passionate start
Although home coach Thomas Schaaf was compelled to deploy a new-look rearguard as a result of injuries to Per Mertesacker, Christian Schulz and Pierre Wome, Bremen began with great self-assurance. It only took 50 seconds for right-back Clemens Fritz to try his luck with a long-range effort that flew just wide. Ten minutes later it was Klose's turn to be denied, this time by AZ goalkeeper Boy Waterman who made a superb save.

Borowski opener
The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and, on 16 minutes, Borowski broke the deadlock on his first appearance since tearing knee ligaments two months ago. Diego delivered a delightful pass from deep and the unmarked Germany midfielder gave Waterman no chance by firing across goal from nine metres. Naldo then had the opportunity to double the lead after 24 minutes, only for his free-kick to fizz narrowly wide.

Klose riposte
However, it was AZ who were next to score, hitting back with a fantastic equaliser by Dembélé. The Belgian international received a pass from Maarten Martens on the left flank and beat Tim Wiese with a remarkable left-footed strike from the edge of the area. The Dutch outfit now held the upper hand on the strength of their all-important away goal but within four minutes Bremen were back in front. Aaron Hunt raced clear before selflessly teeing up Klose to gratefully poke in and break a 907-minute goal drought.

Bremen control
Klose could have registered again before the interval, but blazed Borowski's cross over, while at the other end Wiese did well to block Demy de Zeeuw's set-piece. However, Schaaf's men continued to dominate in the second period, Naldo again threatening with a free-kick from distance that squirmed wide off the startled Waterman. And if Martens was starting to menace a little for AZ with his probing runs down the left, neither Shota Arveladze nor Danny Koevermans could beat Naldo to his deliveries.

AZ defeated
Instead Klose showed the way with a trademark effort, steering a powerful header past Waterman from Diego's inviting 62nd-minute centre. The Brazilian playmaker was at his creative best and deservedly added a fourth himself after a quick one-two with Klose eight minutes from time. Spinning away from his markers he applied a cool finish to secure Bremen's place in the last four and a tie with RCD Espanyol.

Last updated: 13/04/07 10.29CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

az

AZ

18
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
Yellow Card61
16
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
4
NaldoNaldo
3
LuirinkGijs Luirink
Yellow Card22
Substitution46
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
5
De ClerTim de Cler
8
FritzClemens Fritz
9
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
Substitution62
10
DiegoDiego
Goal82
11
MartensMaarten Martens
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal36
Goal62
Substitution84
14
DonkRyan Donk
Yellow Card61
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution81
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Goal32
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
19
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Goal16
Substitution71
27
JennerJulian Jenner

Substitutes

1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
22
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
6
BaumannFrank Baumann
Substitution71
6
BoukhariNourdin Boukhari
Substitution62
19
PolenzJérôme Polenz
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Substitution46
Yellow Card65
Substitution71
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution81
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
Substitution71
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
Substitution84
15
MolhoekRogier Molhoek
38
BischoffAmaury Bischoff
25
VormerRuud Vormer
29
LensJeremain Lens

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Mike Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Glenn Turner (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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