Schalke 04 vs. Hamburger SV  3 - 1

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Bundesliga wrap: Bremen, Schalke back on track

11 March 2012 19:50

Werder Bremen collected their first victory at home this year with a comprehensive 3-0 win over nearest rivals Hannover in the Bundesliga.

The win moves Bremen within a point of fifth-placed Schalke and four points clear of Hannover in the final Europa League spot.

Claudio Pizarro opened the scoring for the hosts, converting Mehmet Ekicki's free-kick after Hannover had gone close on 30 minutes.

Sebastian Prodl made a successful return after two months out with facial injuries and headed home another free-kick from Ekicki for Bremen's second in the 49th minute.

Markus Rosenberg had a goal disallowed before half-time but eventually got on the score sheet when he prodded in Bremen's third from Pizarro's pass.

Elsewhere, Schalke consolidated fourth position with a comfortable 3-1 win at home to Hamburg.

Teemu Pukki's header in the fifth minute gave Schalke the perfect start before goals from Christoph Metzelder (26) and leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntenlaar, from the penalty spot, effectively snuffed out Hamburg's chances before half-time.

Dutchman Huntenlaar stepped up to smash home his 34th goal in all competitions this season following Heiko Westermann's foul in the box.

The three points ends a run of two defeats for Schalke and extends their lead over fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen to seven points.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +55 81
2 34 +55 73
3 34 +30 64
4 34 +25 60
5 34 +8 54
6 34 +17 53
7 34 -4 48
8 34 -13 44
9 34 -9 42
10 34 -11 42
11 34 -6 41
12 34 -16 40
13 34 -4 39
14 34 -13 38
15 34 -22 36
16 34 -26 31
17 34 -36 30
18 34 -30 23