Vet­eran Pizarro res­cues Werder

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Vet­eran striker Clau­dio Pizarro capped his 200th ap­pear­ance for Werder Bre­men with a 79th minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Bayer Lev­erkusen, spoil­ing the hosts’ new coach Tay­fun Korkut’s de­but.

The 38-year-old Peru­vian, in his third spell at the club, came on as a sub­sti­tute in the 76th and made an im­pact three min­utes later, turn­ing in the shot by Robert Bauer with his hip.

L e verkusen, who had Wen­dell sent off in the 90th, wasted a stopp age time penalty when Omer To­prak’s weak ef­fort was saved by Felix Wied­wald.

Werder, un­beaten in their last four matches, are 14th with 26 points. Lev­erkusen lose fur­ther ground to the Euro­pean spots and are 10th on 31.

Korkut had been hop­ing for a win­ning de­but af­ter tak­ing over this week fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Roger Sch­midt, who was sacked fol­low­ing last week’s 6-2 de­mo­li­tion by Borus­sia Dort­mund.

The hosts, who take on Atletico Madrid in their Cham­pi­ons League Round of 16 sec­ond leg next week, grabbed a sixth minute lead when Kevin Vol­land headed in af­ter the ball had bounced off the cross­bar.

Com­pla­cent Lev­erkusen then in­ex­pli­ca­bly yielded con­trol to Werder who piled on the pres­sure af­ter the break.

They came close with two chances early in the sec­ond half be­fore Pizarro, the Bun­desliga’s all-time for­eign top scorer, struck his first league goal since May last year.

Lead­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich, seven points clear at the top, take on Eintracht Frank­furt, who have lost their four pre­vi­ous league games, late yesterday.

Sec­ond-placed RB Leipzig host strug­gling VfL Wolfs­burg.

Clau­dio Pizarro

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