Hoffenheim 1 - 4 Werder Bremen

Match info: Bundesliga at Rhein-Neckar Arena

Date: 02/12/2012 KO: 14:30 Ref: K Kircher Att: 23,500

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hoffenheim

Sejad Salihovic 50

1
vs
4

W Bremen

Sebastian Prodl 21
Marko Arnautovic 29,73,79

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 17:01 GMT

Marko Arnautovic scored a hat-trick as Werder Bremen closed in on the Europa League places with a dominant 4-1 victory at Hoffenheim.

Werder Bremen celebrate.
Werder Bremen celebrate.

Sebastian Prodl gave Bremen the lead after just 21 minutes before Arnautovic registered his first goal in the 29th minute.

Sejad Salihovic pulled a goal back five minutes after the break but Arnautovic confirmed a comfortable away win with two more successful efforts in the last 20 minutes.

Bremen moved into eighth place - two points shy of a Europa League spot - with Hoffenheim remaining in 16th place courtesy of a fourth straight defeat.

Bremen grabbed the lead in the 21st minute from a set-piece as Kevin de Bruyne's free-kick met Prodl, who jumped above Joselu to send a looping header over Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Arnautovic doubled the advantage just eight minutes later after Daniel Williams lost the ball deep inside his own territory. Arnautovic played a one-two with De Bruyne before beating Casteels with his left foot.

Bremen had a number of chances during the remainder of the half, including a counter-attack in the 45th minute that saw De Bruyne fire well wide of the target instead of passing to a team-mate.

Hoffenheim pulled a goal back five minutes after the break as Salihovic beat Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz to his far corner with a left-footed shot.

The hosts had a number of chances but could not convert any, with Joselu's volley flying just over the crossbar.

Bremen missed a couple of chances in the 72nd minute as both Lukas Schmitz and Theo Gebre Selassie came close.

But Arnautovic re-established a two-goal lead a minute later with a curling free-kick that flew over the wall and dipped into the top-left corner.

And the Austrian completed his hat-trick in the 79th minute, running onto a through ball from Joseph Akpala and chipping it past Casteels.