• Lasogga brace fires Hamburg past Werder Bremen

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    BERLIN: Pierre-Michel Lasogga struck twice as Hamburg eased their Bundesliga relegation fears on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with a 2-1 victory at home to Werder Bremen that left the visitors stuck in the bottom three.

    Lasogga tapped home the opening goal just five minutes in at the Volkspark­stadion after Nicolai Muel­ler escaped down the right before crossing for the burly striker to apply the simplest of finishes.

    Having ended a 666-minute Bundesliga goal drought dating back to November, Lasogga added a second on 32 minutes when he headed in Matthias Ostrzo­lek’s left-wing cross.

    Claudio Pizarro won a second-half penalty for Werder after he was fouled by Johan Djourou, but the veteran Peru striker’s tame spot-kick was saved by Jaroslav Drobny.

    Substitute Anthony Ujah gave Bremen a lifeline on 65 minutes after forcing home the ball at the second attempt, but Hamburg held on to move six points clear of the relegation places.

    AFP

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