German Bundesliga: Werder Breman v Dortmund
Last Updated: 20/12/14 6:03pm
Werder Bremen piled the misery on Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 win at the Weserstadion on Saturday.Davie Selke put the hosts in front and Fin Bartels added a second before Mats Hummels grabbed a consolation for the Westphalians, who completed their worst ever first half of a season with just 15 points - and 10 defeats.
Victory moved Bremen off the foot of the Bundesliga table and above their guests, who lie second bottom and face a battle to avoid relegation when they resume their campaign in January.
Neither Bremen nor Dortmund have found themselves at the foot of the league standings at the midway stage of the season, but one of them seemed set to break that duck this year.
Bremen needed a win to lift themselves off the bottom while a draw would have been enough for Dortmund, who found themselves chasing the game after just two minutes, to avoid that fate.
Selke, Bremen's 19-year-old forward in a youthful attack alongside 20-year-old Melvyn Lorenzen, put the hosts in front with a cool finish which belied his age, curling his effort beyond Mitchell Langerak.
Dortmund had scored five goals on each of their last two visits to the Weserstadion, but for all their efforts, it did not look like they were going to get one this time as Bremen defended well, seeking Selke and Lorenzen with quick passes forwards.
One of those was charged down by Langerak, who only just managed to get to the ball ahead of Lorenzen five minutes before the break.
Dortmund continued to do all of the running moving into the second half, but Bremen were more effective with Selke bursting down the right and sending in an inviting cross which Bartels turned in from close range to double the hosts' advantage.
Selke side-footed another good chance wide and it proved to be a costly miss.
Hummels pulled a goal back for Dortmund in the 69th minute when he headed in from a corner after freeing himself from the attention of Theodor Gebre Selassie.
They had 20 minutes to find an equaliser while Bremen had the same amount of time to try to hold on to the points.
Shinji Kagawa sent the best chance skywards as Dortmund failed to find an equaliser, seeing the pressure mount on Klopp, whose side will spend the winter break at the foot of the table should Freiburg beat Hannover on Sunday.