Diego inspires second win for Werder Bremen

August 20th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Diego inspires second win for Werder Bremen


BERLIN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian midfielder Diego supplied the inspiration as Werder Bremen won 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in an enthralling Bundesliga clash on Saturday.
Leverkusen went ahead with a Paul Freier penalty before Diego took over, setting up Miroslav Klose for the equaliser in the 26th minute and then outpacing the defence and crossing to hand Hugo Almeida a simple winner 13 minutes from time.
It was a second victory from two games for Werder, after Diego had struck one goal and set up another two in their 4-2 victory over Hanover 96 on the opening weekend.
Bayern, double winners for the past two seasons, will seek to join them on maximum points from two matches when they play away at Bochum on Sunday.
Nuremberg, who won 1-0 at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday, are the only other team currently with two wins out of two. They lead the table on goal difference.
Werder and Leverkusen were two of the Bundesliga's best sides over the second half of last season and they had both enjoyed excellent wins on the opening weekend of this campaign.
Werder in particular have been tipped to push Bayern hard but it was the visitors who looked the more dangerous side for much of this game.
Their goal came after Werder's Finnish defender Petri Pasanen had hopelessly mistimed a tackle on Stefan Kiessling on a run into the area.
Kiessling was a handful for the Werder defence throughout the game but he was guilty of several bad misses after bursting through into space.
The equaliser came from what seems set to be a regular source this season, as Diego set up Klose.
The Brazilian, signed from Porto for just six million euros ($7.70 million) in the close season, swung over a free kick to the far post and Klose timed his jump to beat the defence and send a header past Joerg Butt.
It was almost 2-0 three minutes later, as Diego improvised a back-heel pass that set Klose clear on goal, only for the World Cup top scorer to slip his shot slightly wide of the left-hand post.
Leverkusen took to surrounding Diego with defenders to limit his influence and the visitors had plenty of chances to win the game themselves.
There was nothing they could do, though, when Diego slipped clear on the left of the area, outpaced three defenders and crossed low for Almeida to slide in and clinch all three points late on.