Reuters - Tue, 09 Feb 22:00:00 2010
A superb late strike from substitute Hugo Almeida gave holders Werder Bremen a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim and a place in the semi-finals of the German Cup.
Brazilian defender Naldo put Werder ahead in the 27th minute when he scored with a curling 35-yard shot following a cleverly-worked free-kick.
Although the game was often scrappy, it came to life after both teams made key substitutions in the 71st minute, Hoffenheim bringing on Prince Tagoe and Almeida entering the fray for the hosts. Both players hit the target within five minutes.
Ghana striker Tagoe, who has made only one Bundesliga appearance all season, needed only 90 seconds to make his mark, scoring with a near post header from Christian Eichner's well-delivered cross after escaping the attention of three home defenders.
But Werder regained the lead three minutes later when Almeida scored with a rising 30-yard shot after being sent clear of the defence by Claudio Pizarro's pass.
The remaining three quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday.