Sargent strikes again as Bremen pull away from relegation fight

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Berlin (AFP)

US striker Josh Sargent scored in his third straight Bundesliga games as Werder Bremen tuned up for Bayern Munich with a 2-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld on Wednesday.

The result keeps Bremen 12th, but they moved 11 points from the relegation places before hosting Bundesliga leaders Bayern on Saturday.

"That was a step in the right direction," said midfielder Maximilian Eggestein, who set up Bremen's second goal, with an eye on the table.

Sargent, 21, put Bremen ahead two minutes after the break in Bielefeld when he guided Milot Rashica's cross over the goalline.

The US international also netted the winner in a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt and scored in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Cologne.

With 19 minutes left, Bielefeld replacement defender Nathan de Medina was then sent off for fouling Bremen striker Niclas Fuellkrug.

The VAR changed the yellow card initially shown to the Belgian defender to a red after reviewing the tackle which crunched into Fuellkrug's Achilles tendon.

Bremen took advantage of the numerical advantage when Eggestein cut the ball back from the byline for Kevin Moehwald to score four minutes after the sending off.

The defeat leaves Bielefeld 16th and two points from escaping the bottom three.

A heavy snowfall in Bielefeld meant the match was originally postponed in early March.