Wolfsburg defeats Bremen in eight-goal thriller

Bremen, Germany ( - Wolfsburg kept pace with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundsliga table with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen seized control of the lead on three occasions in the opening period.

Zlatko Junuzovic broke the deadlock in the ninth minute before Daniel Caligiuri brought Wolfsburg level immediately after.

Franco Di Santo restored the lead in the 16th minute before Maximilian Arnold responded two minutes later, but an own goal from Vierinha in the 28th minute granted Bremen a narrow halftime lead.

The second half, though, belonged to Wolfsburg, and it was the in-form Bas Dost who helped the visitors get in front.

The lanky Dutch striker tied the game three minutes after the restart before granting Wolfsburg the lead in the 51st. Caligiuri then struck two minutes later to give the visitors some breathing room.

There was no way back for Bremen as Wolfsburg improved to 50 points to stay eight points back of first-place Bayern.

Borussia Monchengladbach scored in either half to collect a 2-0 victory over lowly Paderborn.

United States international Fabian Johnson opened the scoring in the 18th minute while Patrick Herrmann wrapped up the affair nine minutes from time, handing 'Gladbach its 11th league win of the campaign.