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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Leonardo Bittencourt (19')
  • Philipp Bargfrede (88')

Bittencourt stunner eases Werder Bremen's Bundesliga relegation fears

Werder Bremen midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt scored a brilliant first-half winner to seal a 1-0 victory at Freiburg on Saturday that reignited their hopes of staying in the Bundesliga.

The victory at an empty Schwarzwald stadium on the second weekend of Bundesliga action since the league resumed after the COVID-19 stoppage helped 10-man Bremen reach 21 points from 26 games, boosting their bid to avoid being relegated for the first time in 40 years.

They went ahead against the run of play in the 19th minute when Bittencourt ran on to a superb cross from fellow midfielder Davy Klaassen and finished into the bottom corner from distance for his third league goal of the season.

After Bremen midfielder Philipp Bargfrede was sent off in the 88th minute for a second yellow card, Freiburg had defender Manuel Gulde's late equaliser disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee for offside.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 27 +52 61
2 Borussia Dortmund 27 +41 57
3 RB Leipzig 27 +41 54
4 Bayer Leverkusen 27 +20 53
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 27 +19 52
6 VfL Wolfsburg 27 +3 39
7 SC Freiburg 27 -2 37
8 Schalke 04 27 -10 37
9 TSG Hoffenheim 27 -11 36
10 FC Cologne 27 -6 34
11 Hertha Berlin 27 -9 34
12 FC Augsburg 27 -14 30
13 FC Union Berlin 27 -15 30
14 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 -8 28
15 Mainz 27 -24 27
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 27 -23 24
17 Werder Bremen 26 -30 21
18 SC Paderborn 07 27 -24 18