Germany: Bundesliga
2 - 1
(2 - 0)
M. Beier (8), M. Beier (44), M. Bülter (73)
S. Alvero (90)
By Ultan Corcoran@UltanCorcoran

Bremen bears the brunt of Beier’s blistering brace

The final fixture of Bundesliga Matchday 24 pitted TSG Hoffenheim against Werder Bremen. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side continued their momentum with a 2-1 win at home in Sinsheim.
After last weekend’s come-from-behind victory against Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim confidently put Bremen to the sword inside first half action. TSG took an 8th minute lead through their red-hot striker Maximilian Beier who volleyed home Anton Stach’s corner whilst demonstrating exemplary technique.

Bremen had a host of chances throughout the opening 45 minutes. Both Marvin Ducksch, Jens Stage, and Felix Agu all came close on a handful of occasions. Anything that found its way on target was sufficiently dealt with by Oliver Baumann. But Beier made it successive Bundesliga braces just before the half-time whistle to punish the visitors – A swift counterattack set Bebou on his way down the right and his cross was met by the 21-year-old starlet who drilled past Zetterer for 2-0.

Once again Stage and Agu set about reducing the deficit after the break. The latter failed to keep his shot on target and truly test Baumann. At the other end, Zetterer stopped Beier from point-blank range as the duo of he and Bebou continued to purr. The Sinsheim based club were reduced to 10-men in the 73rd minute as Marius Buelter received his second yellow card for a late foul on Romano Schmid.

Substitute Justin Njinmah made a noticeable difference for Ole Werner’s side, who reduced the deficit in injury time as Skelly Alvaro flicked home Mitchel Weiser’s cross. However, the goal came too late for Bremen to think about mounting a comeback.

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