BERLIN (AFP) – Werder Bremen’s meteoric rise up the Bundesliga table continued as Sunday’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen took them up to eighth, four games after languishing in 18th.
Leverkusen, who face last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, found themselves 2-0 down with half an hour gone as hosts Bremen produced some dazzling first-half football.
A superb lofted cross from attacking midfielder Fin Bartels allowed 20-year-old striker Davie Selke to put Bremen ahead with 17 minutes gone.
Bremen’s Austrian midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic then drilled home a stunning free kick just inside the near post to double Werder’s lead after 29 minutes.
Bayer pulled a goal back when Hakan Calhanoglu headed home after Gonzalo Castro had hit the post just before half time.