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Naldo bags a hat-trick as Bremen hit Frankfurt for six

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Daniel van Buyten, right, of Bayern Munich and Kevin McKenna of Energie Cottbus challenge for the ball during the Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

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Brazilian defender Naldo scored a hat-trick as free-scoring Werder Bremen bounced back from Champions League elimination with a 6-2 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The victory in Frankfurt moved Bremen to 33 points at the top of the German Bundesliga, two points clear of VfB Stuttgart who scraped a late 1-0 win over visiting Bochum, while champions Bayern Munich maintained the pressure with a 2-1 defeat of Energie Cottbus.

Bremen showed no signs of a negative reaction to Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Barcelona as Naldo struck twice and Daniel Jensen was also on target in the first half before the Brazilian nailed his third shortly after the break.

Frankfurt had levelled Naldo's third-minute opening goal when Marco Russ headed in a minute later. But after Jensen struck from close range in the 11th minute, Naldo headed in a Torsten Frings free-kick just after the half hour and was again on target with a direct free-kick three minutes after the break.

Sortirios Kirgiakos gave the home side hope with a header from a corner six minutes from time, but Bremen 's Jurica Vranjes made it 5-2 in the 86th minute and midfielder Diego completed the rout in the final minute.

Bayern Munich, meanwhile, earned a 2-1 win over Energie Cottbus courtesy of goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daniel van Buyten.

Schweinsteiger netted with a long-range effort three minutes before half-time before Cottbus leveled seven minutes after the break when Steffen Baumgartner headed home.

Bayern immediately struck back, with central defender van Buyten heading in a Schweinsteiger free-kick two minutes later.

VfB Stuttgart kept their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Bochum, thanks to a scrambled goal three minutes from time by substitute Marco Streller.

Struggling SV Hamburg were held to a goalless draw at home by Nuremberg to leave Thomas Doll's side still without a home win this season.

Borussia Moenchengladbach were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Mainz who grabbed a point with a goal a minute from time from Ranisav Jonanovic after Christian Demirtas had put through his own goal in the 17th minute.

Hanover and Arminia Bielefeld shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in which Marcel Djeng rifled in an opening goal for the visitors in the 67th minute only for Thomas Bdraric to equalize from close range a minute later.

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