By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Werder are determined to stretch their lead in Die Bundesliga, and with Bayern Munich only drawing against Eintracht Frankfurt, now have a four-point cushion.
Ailton was the hero for the Bremen club, scoring twice inside the first half hour, with Frenchman Johan Micoud adding the third and Nelson Valdes wrapping up the scoring late in the game.
Bayern scored just a minute into their game through Roy Makaay, but an Ervin Skela penalty levelled things up and neither side could then break the deadlock.
Stuttgart leapfrogged Bayern into second place with a 2-0 victory over Hansa Rostock.
Aleksandr Hleb and Kevin Kuranyi were the goalscorers for Stuttgart, who will now look to narrow the gap on the leaders.
Bochum moved up into fifth with a tight 1-0 victory against Wolfsburg - Frank Fahrenhorst grabbing the only goal of the game.
Kaiserslautern's miserable form continued with a 2-1 defeat to 1860 Munich.
Benjamin Lauth's brace, sandwiching a goal from Vratislav Lokvenc, was enough to seal victory for 1860.
Cologne picked up a valuable victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, Lukas Podolski scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.