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Sunday, 28 November 2010 21:10

Almeida sees red after firing hat-trick to lift Bremen

Werder Bremen 3-0 St Pauli

Hugo Almeida scored a hat-trick this afternoon before later being sent off as Werder Bremen ended a seven-match winless run with a much needed three points against St Pauli.

Bremen had slipped into the lower reaches of the Bundesliga table following a woeful period of form that has also seen them eliminated from the German Cup, as well as European competition after a poor Champions League campaign.

Having missed the midweek defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Almeida was restored to Thomas Schaaf’s line-up for the visit of St Pauli to the Weserstadion. The former Porto man responded by putting his side ahead inside one minute, slotting past Thomas Kessler having been put through on goal by Clemens Fritz.

Almeida doubled his team’s advantage in the 20th minute with another cool finish after good set-up play from Aaron Hunt, and Bremen went into the break with a 2-0 lead. The Portugal striker took advantage of being given time and space inside the area to complete his hat-trick in the 64th minute, again using his left foot to beat Kessler.

However, what should have been a perfect afternoon for Almedia ended on a sour note when he was dismissed with ten minutes left to play for lashing out at St Pauli defender Carlos Zambrano. With Bremen’s next two league matches involving trips to champions Wolfsburg and current league leaders Dortmund, Almeida’s impending suspension could prove costly.

“I was fouled a lot throughout the game which was not punished by the referee, but there is absolutely no excuse for me to get carried away in such a stupid manner,” Almeida confessed after the match. “I am sad and happy at the same time. I am sorry that I have harmed the team and cannot help in the upcoming games.”

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Comments (3)
We have strikers
3 Monday, 29 November 2010 03:02
All of the sudden our strikers become top class form. Great! :). Postiga and almeida
@ Bryan
2 Sunday, 28 November 2010 23:46
The second goal isn't as easy as you would think given the goalie spread himself well and a player was closing Almeida down. This is exactly the kind of finishing the Seleccao needs from their strikers given that our brilliant wingers always put goals on a plate for them.
3 easy goals.
1 Sunday, 28 November 2010 22:55
enough said

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