Werder Bremen joined Bayern Munich on 12 points at the top of the Bundesliga after defeating Hamburg 2-0 tonight.
Claudio Pizarro scored both goals for the home side in the second half as they increased the pressure on Hamburg coach Michael Oenning, whose side have yet to win a match all season. Indeed, the only club to have been in the top flight of German football since its inception are now propping up the rest of the league with just one point from their first five games, and Oenning's job is hanging in the balance.
The first half was a typical derby fight with referee Manuel Grafe reaching into his top pocket no fewer than five times. In fact, neither side found any rhythm throughout the first half and, as a result, there were no chances of note.
The game came to life shortly after the interval, though, when Pizarro nodded Marko Marin's corner in at the far post, but the Peruvian was adjudged to have pushed Heiko Westermann and the goal was ruled out.
Less than five minutes later, Pizarro had the ball in the back of the net again, and this time it counted. He once more nodded in after Marin's free-kick hit the post and rebounded out to him, and there could be no doubts about the legitimacy of the goal.
Bremen could have levelled with their best chance of the game in the 72nd minute, but Mladen Petric missed out in a one-on-one with Hamburg goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny.
Pizarro then sealed the victory for Bremen in the 78th minute with Marin again the provider, although scoring was not so easy this time for the Bremen number 24. He took Marin's cross down with his chest and volleyed it unstoppably into the top right-hand corner of Drobny's goal.
The game was decided, but there was time for the fans to raise from their seats once again and welcome Naldo onto the field. The Brazilian took to the pitch for the first time in over a year as a late substitute for Pizarro to mark his return from a lengthy injury lay-off.