Ducksch has the lead on his feet! Bremen’s top striker serves Njinmah on the right in the penalty area, who then plays straight back into the middle. Ducksch is relatively free there. But from ten meters the ball slips over his slipper, so his direct shot goes a few meters over.
Tooor for Werder Bremen, 2-1 by Justin Njinmah
The Joker stings! Lynen plays a perfect through ball from the halffield to the right into the path of Njinmah, who has just been substituted. With his first ball action, the young striker goes into the penalty area. In a direct duel with Schwäbe, he stays cool and shoots the ball past the goalkeeper on the right.
Both coaches change the first al. At Cologne, Waldschmidt, who remained pale, left the pitch. Alidou comes for him. At Bremen, the goalscorer can be celebrated. Njinmah comes into play instead.
Substitution at Werder Bremen: Justin Njinmah
Substitution at Werder Bremen: Rafael Borré
Substitution at 1. FC Köln: Faride Alidou
Substitution at 1. FC Köln: Luca Waldschmidt
Schmid picks up speed in the center. Then the Austrian shoots at goal from 23 meters. His shot is too central. Schwäbe catches the ball.
The home team doesn’t make enough of their perceived superiority. Passes keep going to the opponent. This means that Cologne always comes into play. The guests are also too imprecise on offense.
On the counterattack, Ducksch would have a lot of space on the halfway line because Hübers slides away. But Bremen sees this too late, so he passes the ball straight on. His long pass doesn’t arrive.
Werder is the more active team. However, the passes are currently not arriving in the final third.
Fortunately, Borré can continue playing.
Borré got the ball in the face. He needs to be treated.
Bremen comes out of the break well. The home team seems more grippy. The pressing is no longer just going nowhere.
Schwäbe prevents Bremen from making it 2-1! Werder plays nicely through the center. Then Schmid goes towards the goal on the left. The Austrian shoots from eight meters to the near corner. Schwäbe is quick and blocks the shot with his right hand.
Kick-off of the 2nd half
Bremen and Cologne go into the break with a score of 1:1. At the beginning the game was a bit disjointed. Both teams made too many mistakes, so there was hardly any action in the penalty area. As the playing time went on, Cologne got better and better. The guests’ superiority resulted in a deserved 1-0, scored by Davie Selke of all people. After that, FC continued to be superior, but in the 38th minute the Cologne defense was very passive. Ducksch and Borré took advantage of this coldly. The equalizer for Werder was surprising. After that, the Green-Whites got better, so the 1-1 score at half-time was okay.
End of 1st half
Maina dribbles her way down the left side and then plays flat in front of the goal. Pavlenka intercepts the ball.
Paqarada’s free kick cross lands on Hübers’ head at the penalty spot. Its conclusion goes over the gate.
Official injury time (minutes): 2
Cologne is awarded a free kick in the left half field. Paqarada will deliver a cross in front of the goal.
Deman with a great shot! After a cleared cross, Stage heads the ball to Deman on the edge of the penalty area. The full-back takes full risk and volleys with his left. His beautiful shot is a little too out of place. Schwäbe can defend the ball.
The goal for Bremen comes as quite a surprise. Cologne was actually superior. Before the equalizer, the guests were very passive.
Tooor for Werder Bremen, 1:1 by Rafael Borré
Suddenly Bremen equalizes! After a throw-in from the right side, Ducksch has far too much space in the center. He takes a few steps and then sends Borré into the penalty area with a nice pass. The Colombian striker has no opponent. From twelve meters he pushes the ball flat to the right.
Bremen is still very inaccurate in the opponent’s half. Maina is particularly noticeable in Cologne. The fast winger causes problems for the Werder defense.
The lead for Cologne is deserved. The guests are the better team. Bremen is disorganized and the players don’t seem very confident.
Tooor for 1. FC Köln, 0-1 by Davie Selke
Another ex-Bremen player scores against Werder! Cologne has a corner from the left side. Chabot comes to the header. His finish is cleared by Deman on the line. But the newcomer doesn’t get the ball away. Selke takes advantage of this and pushes the ball over the line with his head from a short distance.
At the following corner there is a Bremen offensive foul.
Bremen almost takes the lead! Schmid gets the ball on the left side of the penalty area. He doesn’t finish, but Hübers unintentionally pushes the ball towards the goal. The ball just misses the left post.
At the following corner, Pieper gets a header. His shot is blocked by a defender.
Schmid puts the ball on the edge of the penalty area with his heel for Stage. The Dane takes off with his right. His shot is deflected towards a corner.
Cologne is the better team. Bremen makes too many simple mistakes.
Kainz shoots a free kick from the left corner of the penalty area directly onto the goal. The ball goes over it.
The following corner again brings no danger.
The guests are getting closer to the goal! Paqarada serves Ljubicic on the left in the penalty area. The Werder defense is not well sorted. Ljubicic shoots from ten meters. His shot is deflected by Pieper and goes just over the goal.
The following corner leads to another corner that yields nothing.
Cologne has a first chance! Maina pulls away from the edge of the penalty area. Pavlenka parries the shot to the right corner well.
The teams stay away from the penalty areas. Hardly anything worth mentioning happens.
The game isn’t particularly exciting yet. Both teams make too many mistakes. This means there is no danger of scoring.
Veljković is lying on the ground, slightly dazed, because he collided heads with a man from Cologne. But the defender can continue playing.
Maina goes into the penalty area on the left and takes a shot. Pieper blocks the shot.
First completion of the game! Ducksch brings a corner from the left to the near post. Stark comes to the header. His shot ends up on the net.
Cologne is slightly superior in the first few minutes without getting into the penalty area yet.
The game gets off to a disjointed start. There are only a few clean passes to be seen.
Steffen Baumgart only makes one change at Cologne compared to the 1:3 loss against Hoffenheim. Waldschmidt starts on the offensive instead of Carstensen, who is suspended for red.
Ole Werner makes five changes for Werder compared to the 2:4 against Heidenheim. Ducksch, Borré, Deman, Lynen and Veljković start instead of Woltemade, Kownacki, Jung, Groß and Friedl.
Cologne actually started the season even weaker than Bremen. The billy goats only got one point. Last week there was a 1:3 defeat against Hoffenheim. Today FC will face a direct competitor from the bottom third of the table for the first time. It’s time for the first victory. Five games without a threesome probably wouldn’t even leave Steffen Baumgart unscathed.
Bremen lost 2:4 at Heidenheim last Sunday. That was the third defeat in the fourth game of the season. So the start to the new season is pretty poor. Especially against Heidenheim, Werder’s defense revealed some huge gaps. With defensive behavior like that it will be a very difficult season. A win must follow today against Cologne, otherwise things will start to get uncomfortable for Ole Werner.
Hello and welcome to the evening game on matchday 5. Today at 6:30 p.m. Werder Bremen welcomes 1. FC Köln.