Kaiserslautern finish year on high note
Kaiserslautern finished the first half of the Bundesliga season in fine fashion with a 2-1 at Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Lakic scored the quickest goal of the season after just 23.6 seconds to give the visitors the lead. Aaron Hunt equalised from the penalty spot after 34 minutes before Lakic struck again early in the second half.
Kaiserslautern were reduced to ten men after 78 minutes with Alexander Bugera shown a second yellow card, but Bremen's Sandro Wagner was also dismissed six minutes later.
The visitors made a flying start as Christian Tiffert's cross from the right found Lakic, who headed home from seven yards. Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese made a superb stop to deny Ivo Ilicevic in the 21st minute and defender Sebastian Prodl cleared a dangerous attack by Lakic two minutes later.
Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf reacted and brought on striker Wagner for defender Petri Pasanen after 26 minutes. And the home side equalised eight minutes later from the spot. Mathias Abel took down Marko Marin and Hunt stepped up to score the penalty, despite goalkeeper diving the right way.
Wagner nearly gave Bremen the lead in the 36th minute but his long-range shot flew just over the bar. Lakic gave his side the lead again seven minutes after the break as Ilicevic snatched up a loose ball in midfield and crossed into the area where Lakic poked in just inside the left post.
Lakic missed a chance for a hat-trick in the 54th minute, heading straight at Wiese despite having plenty of space. Wagner missed a golden chance to equalise on 81 minutes but he could not beat Sippel despite having plenty of time and space.