Werder win German Cup

May 31st, 2009 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, May 31 (Xinhua) German football powerhouse Werder Bremen made up for a disappointing league and defeat in the UEFA Cup final by claiming the German Cup, beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 here.
Midfielder Mesut Oezil scored the only goal in the 58th minute Saturday as Weder lifted the trophy for the sixth time and ensure them a place in next season’s inaugural Europa League.

Ten days after losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup and a week on from the 5-1 thumping that earned Wolfsburg the league title, Thomas Schaaf’s men were on a song. They were driven by playmaker Diego in his final competitive appearance for the club before moving to Juventus.

In the 54th minute, Werder keeper Tim Wiese had to deal with a ferocious long-range effort from Tranquillo Barnetta.

Werder’s response was not long in coming. Diego freed up Oezil and the 20-year-old midfielder rifled home from a tight angle.

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