10-man Werder Bremen beat Stuttgart 2-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Werder Bremen beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 on Wednesday in the Bundesliga.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Defending champions Werder Bremen fought back with ten men to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 on Wednesday and prevent Matthias Sammer's team from reclaiming the lead in the Bundesliga. Stuttgart's second successive loss means that Wolfsburg stay top, one point clear of VfB. Bremen are now a further two points back, in fourth place. VfB Stuttgart welcomed reigning champions Werder Bremen to the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium on Wednesday with the chance to move back above Wolfsburg at the top of the Bundesliga standings. The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 4-4 draw, but this time round there was little in the way of incident in a tepid first half - until, that is, debutant Matthieu Delpierre rose in injury time to meet Horst Heldt's free-kick with a superb back-header. One-nil to Stuttgart - and it got better for the home side in the 65th minute when 'last man' Ludovic Magnin dragged down Kevin Kuranyi on the edge of the box and saw red for his troubles. From the resulting free-kick, Marcus Babbel ended up prodding just wide of the post. It was one of several near-misses for Stuttgart but, a man and a goal to the good, they were not unduly concerned. However, they were made to pay dearly for their wasteful finishing. First, Miroslav Klose brought the scores level in the 78th minute, a clever flick from Daniel Jensen's scuffed effort sending the ball past the helpless Timo Hildebrand into the net. And then, three minutes later, Stuttgart were left stunned as Nelson Valdez rose to power in Johan Micoud's corner, despite Hildebrand's best efforts. So, a superb 2-1 win for Bremen sees them move up to fourth in a table. But disappointment for Matthias Sammer and Stuttgart - two losses in a row, they stay second behind Wolfsburg, who also lost on Tuesday night. (AP)

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