Bundesliga: Leverkusen move into third, Pizarro breaks record as Bremen finally win | Sports| German football and major international sports news | DW | 16.04.2016
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Bundesliga: Leverkusen move into third, Pizarro breaks record as Bremen finally win

Claudio Pizarro reached a new goal-scoring milestone as Werder Bremen picked up three vital points against Wolfsburg. Elsewhere Leverkusen continued their good form and overtook Hertha Berlin in third place.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

(Kampl 70', Brandt 76', Bellarabi 90')

Bayer Leverkusen continued their march towards Champions League qualification with three conclusive goals in the second half. The first came from former Borussia Dortmund player Kevin Kampl, just 40 seconds after coming on the pitch. Kampl stuck a wonderful first-time volley from the edge of the Frankfurt box. Six minutes later, Julian Brandt finished off a wonderful counter attack to bag his fourth goal in his side's last four league games.

Karim Bellarabi, the provider for Brandt's goal, then capped off a strong second half showing in the final moments of the game with a cut inside and low shot from outside of the box. Bayer continued their push for next season's Champions League, moving in to third place, while Frankfurt were left well beaten once again.

Darmstadt 2-0 Ingolstadt

(Rausch 51', Wagner 85')

Darmstadt picked up only their second home win of the season on Saturday to claim three important points that should see them avoid a wide-open relegation fight at the bottom of the table. Once again Sandro Wagner was the key man, He first set up Konstantin Rausch just after the break, sharing an astute one-two with the winger, before grabbing his 13th goal of the season five minutes before time.

The result now sees the recently promoted side move up to tenth with five games remaining in the Bundesliga season.

Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha Berlin

(Schär 33', Uth 85' – Stark 26')

Hertha Berlin's slow demise continued this weekend with defeat away to Hoffenheim. Although the Sinsheim side sit near the bottom of the table, Julian Nagelsmann hadn't lost a home game since he took over. This was evident over the course of the 90 minutes between the two sides.

Despite an unexpected opening goal from the capital club, thanks to a Niklas Stark header from the corner half-way through the first half, it wasn't long before the home side regained control and ultimately the win thanks to headers from Fabian Schär in the first half and then Fabian Uth just five minutes from time.

Werder Bremen 3-2 Wolfsburg

(Pizarro 32', Bartels 64', Yatabare 83' – Guilavogui 36', Dost 86')

Werder Bremen took a huge step towards safety with a 3-2 win over eliminated Champions League quarterfinalists Wolfsburg. The home side took the lead through a penalty from Claudio Pizarro. With 102 goals in 183 Werder appearances, the evergreen Peruvian now tops the club's all-time goal scorers' rankings.

The Wolves recovered a goal via a back-post header from Josuha Guilavogui before Bremen confirmed the result through second-half goals from Fin Bartels and Sambou Yatabare. Bas Dost would bring a nervous tone to the Weserstadion with a goal just five minutes before time but in the end Bremen held on, pulling themselves four points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt in the second automatic relegation spot.

Augsburg 1-0 Stuttgart

(Finnbogason 36')

Jürgen Kramny's side finished matchday 30 15th in the Bundesliga table and just two points above the relegation play-off spot after a 1-0 defeat to Augsburg. Both teams' from has nosedived in recent weeks along with their league positions, yet Augsburg ultimately managed to build on last week's win against Bremen. Before these two matches, Augsburg were winless in seven.

Despite chances from both ends of the pitch it was some quick feet and skills from Alfred Finnbogason that decided the outcome - as he deftly controlled and finished a loose ball in the box. That's the Iceland international's second goal in two consecutive games, as he and his side continue to fight off the threat of relegation.

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