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Rifle from Hunt kills Athletic spirit

Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.45CET
Werder Bremen 3-1 Athletic Club Bilbao
An imperious Aaron Hunt volley paved the way for Bremen's second UEFA Europa League win as the German side went top in Group L.
by Ian Holyman
from Weserstadion
Rifle from Hunt kills Athletic spirit
Aaron Hunt (left) celebrates with Mesut Özil after scoring Werder's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BremenAthletic

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target13
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
6
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed21
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.45CET

Rifle from Hunt kills Athletic spirit

Werder Bremen 3-1 Athletic Club Bilbao
An imperious Aaron Hunt volley paved the way for Bremen's second UEFA Europa League win as the German side went top in Group L.

An imperious Aaron Hunt volley paved the way for Werder Bremen's second win in Group L as the German side proved too powerful for Athletic Club Bilbao.

Dazzling
Both teams had won their opening UEFA Europa League group-stage encounters, but Hunt's sweet 19th-minute strike helped ensure it was Werder's 100 per cent record that remained intact. A first-half Naldo goal and a late Torsten Frings penalty meant Thomas Schaaf's men could shrug off the blows dealt by Peter Niemeyer's second-half dismissal and Fernando Llorente's late consolation strike for the visitors.

Hunt volley
True to their natural instincts, the hosts began on the front foot, and an astutely-timed Mesut Özil run saw him pierce the visitors' defence, but Gorka Iraizoz proved equal to his low drive. However, the Athletic goalkeeper was powerless to prevent Hunt spectacularly putting Werder ahead with an angled volley soon after.

Miscued
The vicious set-piece delivery of Francisco Yeste was often Athletic's only attacking outlet, and once was the Werder defence undone, but Gaizka Toquero miscued badly after Llorente's cut-back. The hosts' response was immediate and decisive as they doubled their lead with some delightful play four minutes before the break. Marko Marin released Claudio Pizarro with a clever chip and the Peruvian squared for the unmarked Naldo to side-foot home.

Rejuvenated
Joaquín Caparrós made a double change at half-time and the move initially rejuvenated Athletic with Javi Martínez's fierce drive giving Tim Wiese his first real test. Thomas Schaaf responded by bringing on Niemeyer, but the Werder coach's tactical tinkering barely had time to take effect as his substitute was shown two yellow cards in four minutes.

Crisp finish
Llorente briefly revived Basque ambitions when he rolled round Per Mertesacker and fired crisply past Wiese in added time, but Torsten Frings ended any hopes of a revival, drilling home a spot-kick after Özil had been felled in the box.

Last updated: 02/10/09 9.51CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

athletic

Athletic

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution46
4
NaldoNaldo
Goal41
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
8
FritzClemens Fritz
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Goal90+1
10
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution75
10
YesteFrancisco Yeste (C)
11
ÖzilMesut Özil
11
GabilondoIgor Gabilondo
Substitution46
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Goal18
Yellow Card67
Substitution89
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
Yellow Card40
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Goal90+4
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi
Yellow Card54
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
20
Aitor OcioAitor Ocio
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
Yellow Card69
44
BargfredePhilipp Bargfrede
Substitution60
24
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution75

Substitutes

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
13
ArmandoArmando (GK)
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution75
3
KoikiliKoikili
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
Substitution60
Yellow Card61
Red Card64
4
UstaritzUstaritz
27
AndersenNiklas Andersen
7
David LópezDavid López
Substitution46
39
Marcelo MorenoMarcelo Moreno
17
EtxeberriaJoseba Etxeberria
Substitution75
47
OehrlTorsten Oehrl
Substitution89
26
IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
27
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution46

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Joaquín Caparrós (ESP)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Onita (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Petrescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Marius Avram (ROU)

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