SANSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga top scorer Nicklas Flickrg converted a controversial late penalty to give Werder Bremen a 2-1 win on Friday.
Flickragh scored from the spot in the 88th minute to extend the league lead to eight from nine games and give Bremen their second straight win.
Hoffenheim had hoped to go ahead with the rest of the ninth round, but referee Benjamin Courtes’ decision was overturned to penalize Stanley Nsiuki for his challenge on Mitchell Weiser after television review advice. They showed Nsiki making contact with Weiser’s left foot, although the Bremen forward took another step before falling. There was a long delay for a VAR check with the opposing players before Courtesy was asked to watch the review for himself.
The visitors took the lead in the 18th minute through Marvin Duksch before Monas Dabor equalized for Hoffenheim in the 33rd minute.
Hoffenheim looked more likely to score in the second half but found Bremen goalkeeper Jerry Pavlinka in top form.
Fulkerg made sure Bremen went into the fourth.
Bayern Munich visit Borussia Dortmund for a der Klassiker on Saturday, while league leaders Union Berlin visit Stuttgart on Sunday.