FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Bayern Munich warmed up for its Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid with a 5-2 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Bayern trailed twice but scored three goals in a seven-minute span in the second half to put the match away. Franck Ribery scored and played a role in two other goals as his form finally improved ahead of Tuesday’s match against Madrid, which holds a 1-0 lead from the home leg.
Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Bayern against his former club.
“We conceded two counter goals and we can’t let it happen on Tuesday,” Pizarro said. “Perhaps it’s better not to score so many if we give away fewer.”
Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 at home with Borussia Dortmund and failed to consolidate a place in Champions League qualifying. Leverkusen was only one point ahead of Wolfsburg. Dortmund remained second and was sure to play in the Champions League next season.
Wolfsburg’s mood was dampened by a 2-2 draw against Freiburg at home.
Bottom clubs Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig both lost, which means they can avoid relegation only by reaching the playoff spot at the expense of Hamburger SV, which plays on Sunday in Augsburg. There are two rounds left. Hamburg has a match in hand and could escape from the playoff spot.
Nuremberg lost 2-0 in Mainz, Braunschweig went down 2-0 at Hertha Berlin, and Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt drew 0-0.
Bayern’s players wore black armbands and a minute of silence was observed before kickoff in honor of former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday. Bayern also expressed condolences, in German and Catalan, on its website. Before becoming head coach, Vilanova was the assistant of Pep Guardiola, who is now the Bayern coach.
“We experienced a lot together. We lost together and won together. This is a very difficult situation,” Guardiola said. “The sadness will accompany me forever.”
Guardiola said he was disappointed with his players for the first time this season after their performance in the first half.
“The fans don’t deserve to see such a first half. In the second, it was better,” he said. “But the win is good for our mood.”
Guardiola, wearing a dark blue sweater instead of his customary suit, left several regulars on the bench and saw his team get off to a slow start and fall behind after 10 minutes.
Cedrick Makiadi led a counterattack and sent a perfect pass to Theodor Gebre Selassie, who slotted past Manuel Neuer.