Werder Bremen can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The North Germans achieved a sense of success against a direct competitor. A successful streak ends for the disappointing guests.
Werder Bremen has achieved the longed-for liberation in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga. With the deserved 2-0 (1-0), the Hanseatic League ended FC Augsburg’s winning streak of six games without defeat and caused a collective sigh of relief among their fans.
With their headers, Niklas Stark (39th) and Marvin Ducksch (65th) led Bremen to their first win after four games, including two recent defeats. Their success gave them some breathing room out of the danger zone. Coach Jess Thorup’s disappointing guest team in Bremen is still in the middle of the table despite the defeat after their recent series of successes.
Balanced initial phase
Both teams neutralized each other for long periods in the first half. The game was more like a game of patience. It was particularly tight in the midfield. Dangerous scenes were rare in and around both penalty areas.
Jens Stage (10th) tested Augsburg goalkeeper Finn Dahmen for the first time with a shot from 18 meters. Bremen goalkeeper Michael Zetterer (28th) caused the most excitement in the Werder penalty area when he stepped over the ball. FCA striker Phillip Tietz lofted the ball over Zetterer, but also past the goal.
Werder gained more control of the game after half an hour. Mitchell Weiser (39th) failed again after a corner from Ducksch with a deflected shot against the good Dahmen. Stark used the subsequent corner – again by Ducksch – with a header to score his first goal of the season and take the half-time lead.
The defender moved into the starting line-up for captain Marco Friedl. Friedl had to miss the game at short notice due to an injury.
Ducksh the decisive man
After the break, Bremen’s superiority became even clearer in front of 41,000 spectators in the sold-out Weserstadion. Above all, the offensive forces Ducksch, Rafael Borré and Romano Schmid created more and more promising situations.
Stage (53′) again after a Ducksch corner and Schmid (57′) missed from good positions. After a cross from Weiser, new national player Ducksch was there (65th) and scored his sixth goal of the season.
There was no sign of the Augsburgers. Werder’s three-man chain with the very good Stark, Anthony Jung and Milos Veljkovic had, among others, Ermedin Demirovic, who scored eight goals this season, firmly under control.
In the final quarter of an hour, Bremen switched to counterattacking. If they had played them more consistently, a higher victory would have been possible. Stage and Senne Lynen missed their best chances shortly before the end.
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