Bremen back in form aheadof Leverkusen cup match

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22 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Holders Werder Bremen have returned to form just in time ahead of a tough second round cup match against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. Newly hired Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored one goal and set up another as Bremen rebounded from three straight defeats with a 3-0 Bundesliga win over Hanover 96 on the weekend. "I really deserved the goal," said Klose, who like most team-mates was not at his best in previous weeks. Coach Thomas Schaaf said that Bremen were finally "on t

22 September 2004

HAMBURG - Holders Werder Bremen have returned to form just in time ahead of a tough second round cup match against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

Newly hired Germany striker Miroslav Klose scored one goal and set up another as Bremen rebounded from three straight defeats with a 3-0 Bundesliga win over Hanover 96 on the weekend.

"I really deserved the goal," said Klose, who like most team-mates was not at his best in previous weeks.

Coach Thomas Schaaf said that Bremen were finally "on the right way" ahead of the cup match.

Leverkusen, for their part, fought from 2-0 down to a 2-2 draw with Nuremberg in the league, but are upbeat to shine in Bremen like they did in last week's 3-0 demolition of Real Madrid in the Champions League.

"The opponent will not sit back which suits our game," said goalkeeper Joerg Butt.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, visit third division VfL Osnabruck on Tuesday night without captain Michael Ballack, who is on antibiotics to treat an abnormal blood level.

Munich famously scored twice in the final two minutes for a 2-2 draw in Dortmund on Saturday, but are nonetheless confronted with the worst league start in 25 years with eight points from five games.

"Only the next games will show whether the final 15 minutes in Dortmund were a one-time affair or a general improvement," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Both sides have met twice before in the cup. Osnabruck ambushed Bayern 5-4 in 1978 while Munich cruised to a 2-0 win in Osnabruck three years ago.

In other action, SC Freiburg and VfL Bochum meet for the second time in 48 hours on Tuesday, following a 1-1 Bundesliga draw on Sunday.

Kaiserslautern host Schalke in an all-Bundesliga match of two sides who have played below par so far in the season.

Of the other top flight teams left in the competition, Dortmund take on another Munich club in the form of lower-league Unterhaching.

VfB Stuttgart are at second division Oberhausen, troubled Hansa Rostock visit Cologne, Bielefeld are at Cologne's amateur team, Hanover visit Energie Cottbus, Mainz 05 are at SC Karlsruhe and Hertha Berlin play at Eintracht Braunschweig.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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