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Diego double puts Bremen in control

Published: Thursday 9 April 2009, 23.30CET
Werder Bremen 3-1 Udinese Calcio
Two goals from Diego and a Hugo Almeida strike won the first leg for Bremen though Fabio Quagliarella has given Serie A's sole survivors hope.
by Trevor Huggins
from Weserstadion
Diego double puts Bremen in control
Diego delights in his opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BremenUdinese

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target1
 
6
Corners5
 
1
Offsides3
 
5
Fouls committed19
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 9 April 2009, 23.30CET

Diego double puts Bremen in control

Werder Bremen 3-1 Udinese Calcio
Two goals from Diego and a Hugo Almeida strike won the first leg for Bremen though Fabio Quagliarella has given Serie A's sole survivors hope.

Werder Bremen took a big step towards the UEFA Cup semi-finals after two superb goals by Brazilian playmaker Diego steered them to a 3-1 victory against Udinese Calcio.

In control
Diego made the breakthrough in the 34th minute with a precise low drive from the edge of the area. The Bundesliga side went on to strike twice in as many minutes after the break through Diego and Hugo Almeida before Fabio Quagliarella pulled one back to give Italy's only remaining UEFA club competition contenders hope for next Thursday's second leg.

Cautious start
A tight, tactical start included plenty of industry from both sides but no real scoring chances. Bremen playmaker Diego made the biggest impact, either feeding the ball wide or probing the Udinese defence with an inviting pass down the middle. Alexis Sánchez threatened down the Udinese left, but he struggled to link up with strike partner Fabio Quagliarella, while his powerful shot from distance in the 25th minute was charged down.

Naldo close
The first real excitement arrived on the half-hour when Naldo's shot from 30 metres dipped on to the Udinese crossbar before bouncing back into play. Samir Handanovič and Claudio Pizarro both jumped for the rebound and although the Peruvian striker then managed to prod the ball into the empty net, he was judged to have fouled the Udinese goalkeeper first.

Diego strikes
In the event, Bremen waited only four more minutes for a goal. Diego picked up the ball from Mesut Özil and reached the edge of the area before sending a low diagonal drive into the left-hand corner. The Brazilian also forced a neat save from Handanovič just before the break with a dipping volley from 20 metres out.

Equalising chance
Udinese could have been level within two minutes of the restart when Kwadwo Asamoah put Quagliarella clean through but, with only stranded goalkeeper Tim Wiese to beat, his angled lob drifted just wide. Quagliarella had no better luck from an identical position on the hour mark as Wiese parried his chip.

Quickfire goals
Bremen soon struck twice in quick succession. Collecting the ball from Sánchez, Diego produced a superb curling shot from the left into the far right corner in the 67th minute. Then Sebastian Boenisch's long ball forward found Hugo Almeida in space and the Portuguese striker ran through to drill a low shot past Handanovič.

Udinese hope
The visitors did not give up hope of an away goal, Quagliarella close again with yet another lob on 82 minutes. He made amends five minutes later, though, when he swivelled to strike from close range, meaning the scoreline here matched that of Hamburger SV's 3-1 victory against Manchester City FC elsewhere in northern Germany, with the winners of these two quarter-finals to meet.

Last updated: 10/04/09 9.38CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

udinese

Udinese

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
22
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution81
2
ZapataCristián Zapata
4
NaldoNaldo
6
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
8
FritzClemens Fritz
7
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution72
10
DiegoDiego
Goal34
Goal67
11
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution76
19
FelipeFelipe (C)
16
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Yellow Card90+1
20
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Yellow Card60
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal69
Substitution71
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Yellow Card81
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Goal87
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Substitution84

Substitutes

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
80
BelardiEmanuele Belardi (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution81
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
Substitution84
6
BaumannFrank Baumann
15
IslaMauricio Isla
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
18
ZimlingNiki Zimling
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution71
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores
Substitution72
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
Substitution76
99
SalaLuigi Sala

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Pasquale Marino (ITA)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), David Benech (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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