BERLIN — Nils Petersen scored two late goals to give Werder Bremen a 2-0 win over Hannover in the Bundesliga for the home side’s first victory of the year on Friday.
Bremen created a host of chances before Petersen finally broke the deadlock in the 85th, when Eljero Elia eluded two defenders to set him up.
Three minutes later, Elia did brilliantly again to ghost past two defenders and find Oezkan Yildirim on the left. Yildirim found Petersen, who let fly with a volley to the top right corner off the post for his ninth goal of the season.
Bremen created 32 scoring chances compared to the visitors’ six.
"It would have been terrible if we hadn’t used our chances," Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said.
Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler had made several key saves to keep the sides level, while Bremen defender Assani Lukimya struck the crossbar with a header in the second minute.
"The victory is completely deserved," Schaaf said. "The team was very concentrated and did a lot of things better than in the first two games (of the year)."
The win takes Bremen up to 11th, one point behind Hannover, ahead of the rest of the weekend’s games.
There was trouble before the match when around 300 Hannover fans disembarked from their train at Achim and set off fireworks and flares. The dpa news agency reported some fans clashed with police and several people tried stopping the next train to Bremen. The Achim train station remained closed for security reasons.