BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Nicklas Volkerg topped the Bundesliga scoring charts with a late winner to give Werder Bremen a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Friday and send his promoted side The table turns upside down.
Folkerg met Anthony Jung’s cross from deep near the penalty spot in the packed Hertha box in the 85th minute. It was Volkrog’s ninth Bundesliga goal of the season, taking him one ahead of Leipzig’s Kristoffer Nkono and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Markus Thuram.
The 29-year-old Volkrug spent last season with Bremen in the second division, but his goal-scoring form this campaign has him in doubt for a place in Germany’s squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. face
Both teams struggled to create good scoring chances in a game that looked set to lead to a goalless draw before Folkerg’s late breakthrough. Marco Richter hit the side netting for Hertha in the second minute, and Werder soon had chances to score from some dangerous crosses. Dodi Lukbakio narrowly missed the target with a powerful low shot early in the second half.
Bremen climbed to sixth ahead of the rest of the weekend and ended a three-game losing streak in the league and cup. Hertha are 13th in the 18-team league with just two wins from 12 games.