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Deadly Pizarro kills Nacional comeback

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET
CD Nacional 2-3 Werder Bremen
Claudio Pizarro secured the points with five minutes remaining in Madeira just as a famous Nacional triumph seemed on the cards.
Deadly Pizarro kills Nacional comeback
Claudio Pizarro celebrates after making it 2-0 ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NacionalBremen

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
9
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
18
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET

Deadly Pizarro kills Nacional comeback

CD Nacional 2-3 Werder Bremen
Claudio Pizarro secured the points with five minutes remaining in Madeira just as a famous Nacional triumph seemed on the cards.

Claudio Pizarro secured the Group L points for Werder Bremen with five minutes remaining in Madeira just as a famous CD Nacional triumph seemed on the cards, the hosts coming from 2-0 down before experience told.

Penalty
The Bundesliga side were cruising after Torsten Frings' penalty and a Pizarro tap-in either side of half-time but there was a twist in the tail. Defender Felipe Lopes caused palpitations among visiting fans when he reduced the deficit from a set-piece midway through the second period, and when Rafik Halliche added another seven minutes later even a UEFA Europa League draw was far from certain. Yet Pizarro exuded cool, calmly slotting in after working space on the edge of the penalty area.

Wiese intervenes
Werder arrived in Funchal without the inspirational Mesut Özil due to a knee problem, but his absence was not keenly felt early on as Aaron Hunt stepped into the breach. He had a free-kick blocked and Pizarro warmed Rafael Bracali's hands with another set-piece, yet Nacional looked lively on the break and Edgar – who had already had a goal chalked out for offside – showed great vigilance as he intercepted Clemens Fritz's poor header back. Fortunately for Fritz, goalkeeper Tim Wiese was equally alert.

Dramatic finale
Back came Bremen. Bracali denied Philipp Bargfrede after good work from Marko Marin and the pressure told six minutes before half-time when Luís Alberto brought down Pizarro. Up stepped Frings, his scuffed spot-kick creeping beneath Bracali and ten minutes after the restart the points looked to be in the bag as Pizarro converted Hunt's centre from close range. Bargfrede should have put the match beyond doubt after fine work by Pizarro and Marin, and the visitors almost paid for their profligacy. Lopes headed in a corner and Halliche volleyed in a free-kick, raising hopes of a memorable win before Pizarro emphatically ended them.

Last updated: 18/09/09 1.44CET

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Lineups

nacional

Nacional

bremen

Bremen

1
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
3
Felipe LopesFelipe Lopes
Goal68
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Yellow Card8
4
HallicheRafik Halliche
Goal75
4
NaldoNaldo
5
WellingtonWellington
Substitution46
6
BorowskiTim Borowski
6
CléberCléber (C)
8
FritzClemens Fritz
8
Luís AlbertoLuís Alberto
10
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution74
9
EdgarEdgar
14
HuntAaron Hunt
10
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution46
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Goal39
14
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal55
Goal85
Substitution90+3
23
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
30
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
Substitution58
44
BargfredePhilipp Bargfrede
Yellow Card80

Substitutes

12
DouglasDouglas (GK)
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
11
AmunekeOnyecachi Amuneke
Substitution58
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
17
Edgar CostaEdgar Costa
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
18
AnselmoAnselmo
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
Substitution74
31
MateusMateus
Substitution46
39
Marcelo MorenoMarcelo Moreno
Substitution90+3
33
TomaševićŽarko Tomašević
Substitution46
44
ClebãoClebão

Coach

Manuel Machado (POR) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Odd-Jarle Larsen (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Kristoffer Helgerud (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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