BERLIN, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Nils Petersen's brace secured wasteful Bremen a late 2-0 win over Hannover to open the 20th round of German Bundesliga on Friday.
From kicking off, Bremen had set the pace against passive and defensively struggling Hannover. The visitors were lucky enough not to fall behind, as Bremen defender Assani Lukimya pulled just wide by header following an assist by Aaron Hunt.
The hosts gathered a few chances but all their efforts remained short on accuracy. Moments later, Hannover's Mame Biram Diouf had the chance to stun Bremen when he came close, following a fast break.
However, Bremen produced more opportunities but failed to open the scoring before the break against Hannover that needed some time to gain a foothold into the match.
After the break the hosts started where they left off as they controlled the proceedings on the pitch against unimaginative Hannover.
Despite their plus of goal scoring opportunities Bremen continued their wastefulness in front of Hannover's goal when Lukimya squandered a chance from inside the box.
With 75 minutes into the encounter Hannover showed a vital sign as soon as Diouf tested Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz with a long-range effort.
Just when it seemed that this match would end on a goalless draw, Bayern loanee Nils Petersen broke the deadlock at the 85th minute for Bremen when he poked home an assist by Eljero Elia.
Petersen was not done with the scoring as he volleyed home his brace into top right from inside the box, following a neat assist by Mehmet Ekici, three minutes later.
Thus, Bremen recovers after two straight losses to wrap up their seventh win of the season to climb on 11th position with 25 points whereas Hannover suffered their tenth loss of the season to stay on 10th place with 26 points.
The following matches are scheduled for Saturday: Schalke host bottom team Greuther Fuerth, Wolfsburg see relegation threatened Augsburg, struggling Hoffenheim meet Freiburg, Mainz clash front runners Bayern Munich, Dusseldorf encounter Stuttgart and Hamburg face Frankfurt.