Werder Bremen 0 – FC Twente Enschede 2


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Sweden international defender RASMUS BENGTSSON of FC Twente Enschede passes the ball ahead of Werder Bremen’s Portugal World Cup striker HUGO ALMEIDA (23), who leads die Gruen-Weissen this season with six goals in ten Bundesliga games, at the Weserstadion in the north German port city. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
11/2/2010

0 – Werder Bremen (GER)
2 – FC Twente Enschede (HOL) ——— Chadli 81′, De Jong 84′

A late red card and two goals in the final ten minutes enabled visiting Dutch side FC TWENTE ENSCHEDE to defeat ten-man WERDER BREMEN 2-0 and claim their first victory in Group A of the UEFA Champions League.

Although each side created several opportunities throughout the match, a scoreless draw looked entirely possible until Werder Bremen’s 33-year-old veteran Germany international midfielder TORSTEN FRINGS was shown the straight red card in the 74th minute; after a foul on FC Twente Enschede’s Costa Rica winger BRYAN RUIZ, the captain directed an outburst at match official ALAIN HAMER of Luxembourg, who would have none of it.

Frings was one of two Werder Bremen midfielders, the Brazilian WESLEY being the other, who were pressed into duty on the back line for head coach THOMAS SCHAAF’s side.

FC Twente Enschede, who assumed the lead in the Dutch Eredivisie after a 1-0 win in a top-of-the-table clash with PSV Eindhoven over the weekend, took immediate advantage of the open space and took the lead with a little less than ten minutes remaining in the match.

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Bulgaria international goalkeeper NIKOLAI MIHAYLOV of FC Twente Enschede, who was credited with nine saves in the match, takes the ball off the feet of Werder Bremen’s Portugal World Cup striker HUGO ALMEIDA, who has scored eight goals to lead the home side in all competitions this season, at the Weserstadion. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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In the 81st minute, NACER CHADLI, who scored the only goal of the game against PSV Eindhoven last Saturday, stormed down the left and cut past Werder Bremen’s Austria international defender SEBASTIAN PROEDL to the middle; the 21-year-old Belgian winger then fired a low shot that was deflected by Germany World Cup defender PER MERTESACKER past Werder Bremen’s 21-year-old reserve goalkeeper STEFAN MIELITZ.

Three minutes later, after a run down the left, the Costa Rican Ruiz played a curling cross from the top of the box for FC Twente Enschede’s 20-year-old LUUK DE JONG, deployed as an attacking midfielder for the visiting Dutch side, to crouch down low and dispatch inside the near post on the right.

With the win, FC Twente Enschede haul themselves back into contention for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League; the former Belgium international goalkeeper MICHEL PREUD’HOMME’s side are in third place in Group A of two points behind defending European champions Inter Milan of Italy and English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, who both stand on seven points now.

With the loss, Werder Bremen are effectively toast with just two points from four Group A games.

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Match referee ALAIN HAMER of Luxembourg takes center stage and shows the straight red card to Werder Bremen’s veteran Germany international midfielder and team captain TORSTEN FRINGS (22) in the 74th minute at the Weserstadion. (Joerg Sarbach/DAPD)
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WERDER BREMEN : Mielitz – Proedl, Mertesacker, Frings, Wesley – Jensen – Bargfrede (Arnautovic 59′), Hunt, Marin – Pizarro, Almeida

FC TWENTE ENSCHEDE : Mihaylov – Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Leugers – Landzaat, Bengtsson (Schimpelsberger 76′) – De Jong (Stockentree 90+1′) – Ruiz, Janko, Chadli (Vujicevic 86′)

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21-year-old Belgian winger NACER CHADLI of FC Twente Enschede, the off-season arrival who led Dutch second division side AGOVV Apeldoorn with 17 goals last season, celebrates his 81st minute goal for the defending Dutch champions at the Weserstadion. (Frank Augstein/AP)
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Werder Bremen goalkeeper STEFAN MIELITZ watches from his knees as Austria international striker MARC JANKO (21) of FC Twente Enschede runs off to join the not-pictured goal-scorer Lukas De Jong in the 84th minute at the Weserstadion in northwestern Germany. (Martin Meissner/AP)

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