Bremen, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Franco Di Santo scored a goal in each half to lead Werder Bremen to a 2-0 home victory over Hertha Berlin, lifting the club out of the bottom three in the Bundesliga.
Di Santo found the net for the first time at the end of the first half, and he doubled his total in the 69th to move Bremen three points clear of the relegation places, while Hertha stays just one point above the drop zone.
Bremen took control of the match from the start, but had to wait until the 43rd minute to take the lead.
Di Santo was making his first Bundesliga appearance for Bremen since Nov. 8 after sitting out with an injury, and he made an impact in his return by taking a pass from Theodor Gebre Selassie and scoring from a tight angle.
Bremen goalkeeper Raphael Wolf was called into action early in the second half, but he had little to do the rest of the way and Di Santo doubled the lead with 20 minutes to play.
Clemens Fritz was played to the end line and he pulled the ball back for Di Santo, who smashed home a volley to put the game away.
Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft made a nice stop in the closing stages of the contest on Davie Selke to keep his side within two goals.
Augsburg remained firmly in the hunt for a top-four spot by turning back Hoffenheim, 3-1, thanks to first-half goals from Halil Altintop and Tobias Werner.
Roberto Firmino pulled one back for Hoffenheim just before halftime, but Raul Bobadilla's goal in the 90th minute for Augsburg put the result beyond reach.