Nils Petersen's two late goals secured a victory for Werder Bremen over Hanover 96 in Friday's match day 20 opener. With goals in the 85th and 88th minute, a dominating Bremen side wins a well deserved victory.
After a scoreless first half, which was dominated by Werder Bremen with ample scoring opportunities, Nils Petersen put his imprint solidly on the game, with his two goals that captured the three points for the Hanseaten.
Bremen had 14 shots on the Hanover net, where every field player had an opportunity, but without avail. Lukiyama defeated he Hanover keeper, but his attempt at goal was stopped by the crossbar. Occasionally Hanover had a few dangerous counter attacks. Mohamme Abdellaue had to replaced, with what appeared to be a knee injury. At the end of 45 minutes the match remained scoreless.
Neither coach made any changes for the start of the second half. During the first ten minutes of the second half, the tempo of the game had been reduced, compared to the end of the first half. Bremen picked up the pace at about the 55 minute point and continued its determined domination. Hanover started to change to a defensive mode and there were seldom any counter attacks.
In spite of Bremen's onslaught, it yielded no results. After 84 minutes of play the match was still scoreless. Bremen continued its bombardment, and it wasn't until the 85th and 88th minute that Nils Peterson secured the three points for Bremen, after losing their first two starts since the winter break.
In the 85th minute Elia moved the ball up the right side,and moved around Hanover's Pander to pass the ball into the center of the penalty area. Nils Petersen, who was in place, one timed the ball and fired it forcefully from approximately seven meters into the corner of the net.
Two minutes before the end of regulation time, in the 88th minute, Elia once again did the bulk of the work as he dribbles through most of the Hanover midfield, passing the ball to Yidirim to the left. Yidirim lobbed the ball into the center, where Nils Petersen volleyed the ball into the right corner, strafing the goal post, of the net, for his ninth goal of the season.
The win was well deserved for Bremen, even though it took them almost 85 minutes to score. The win moves Bremen into 11th spot, while Hanover remains at 10th.
Bremen: Mielitz - Ignjovski, Lukimya, Sokratis, Schmitz - Junuzovic - De Bruyne, Hunt - Elia (89th Prödl), Ekici (74th Yildirim)- Petersen (90th +1 Akpala).
Hannover: Zieler - Chahed, Haggui, Djourou, Pander - Schmiedebach (87th Sobiech), da Silva Pinto - Schlaudraff (79th Kadah), Huszti - Abdellaoue (40th Rausch), Diouf