German Bundesliga Roundup, Feb. 27
Sebastian Proedl scored in injury time to give Werder Bremen a 2-2 home draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Sunday, sparking scenes of celebration at the relegation-threatened club.
The Austrian defender headed the ball past Rene Adler in the 91st minute, eight minutes after Stefan Kiessling's own goal first gave hope to the home side.
Eren Derdiyok and Rolfes had scored for Leverkusen.
With ten games remaining, Bremen is 15th on 25 points, one above Kaiserslautern in the relegation playoff place.
"We have to collect points, one by one. We risked an awful lot in the end," Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said.
Leverkusen remains second, 12 points behind Borussia Dortmund.
"I think some don't want (to play) in the Champions League. It really makes me sick," Adler said.
Earlier, Tamas Hajnal secured a 2-0 victory for 10-man Stuttgart at Eintracht Frankfurt, condemning the hosts to a fourth straight home defeat.
Hajnal lobbed the ball over the advancing Ralf Faehrmann in the 67th minute, three minutes after Martin Harnik had opened the scoring for Stuttgart.
Harnik's quick free kick to Timo Gebhart caught out the Frankfurt defense, and he pounced when Faehrmann spilled Gebhart's shot to slot into an empty net.
Stuttgart's captain, Matthieu Delpierre, was sent off in the 15th, when he barged into Maik Franz, sending the defender to the ground as Zdravko Kuzmanovic was waiting to take a Stuttgart free kick.
Referee Wolfgang Stark initially showed a red card to Khalid Boulahrouz, before sending off the correct player after consulting with his linesman.
Television replays showed Franz stepping on Delpierre's foot.
"The referee could have shown them both yellow," Stuttgart sport director Fredi Bobic said at halftime.
Faehrmann denied Shinji Okazaki in the 29th, after Christian Traesch released the Japan striker with a well-placed cross-field pass.
Fanis Gekas went close at the other end in the 37th, when his looping header was pushed over the bar by Sven Ulreich.
The Greek striker - searching for his first goal since Dec. 18 - hit the bar in the 55th with Ulreich beaten.
Stuttgart - the 2007 champion - remains second from bottom, two points from safety.
Frankfurt, still to score a goal in 2011, drops to 13th.
Werder's first chance came in the 19th, when Florian Trinks - in his first Bundesliga start - released Tim Borowski and Adler saved.
The goalkeeper frustrated the home side with numerous saves. His outstretched leg denied Borowski in the 27th, when the former Germany international only had Adler to beat.
Desperate defending prevented Gonzalo Castro from opening the scoring at the other end, and Eren Derdiyok's effort from the rebound was ruled offside.
Tim Wiese pulled off a save to deny Derdiyok from 17 meters (yards), but went missing when the Swiss striker rose highest to score from the resulting corner in the 42nd.
Rolfes - a former Bremen player - scored Leverkusen's second in the 67th, when he calmly slotted past Wiese after Bremen failed to clear a corner.
Trinks forced the own goal from Kiessling in the 83rd, when the striker's attempt to clear his cross backfired.
Adler denied Pizarro from close range again four minutes later, when Arturo Vidal was sent off with a second yellow card after a foul on Clemens Fritz.
But there was still time for Proedl to convert substitute Aaron Hunt's hopeful cross.
"It was shoulder to shoulder with the fans," Bremen defender Per Mertesacker said.
It was the fifth draw in a row between the sides.
Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes has faced Schaaf eight times and is yet to come away with a victory.
"We would clearly have preferred to leave the pitch as winners," Heynckes said.