Werder lose 3-1 i.e.t in Saarbrücken

04.08.2013, 17:05:39 Uhr

Saarbrücken celebrate the goal by Nils Fischer to give the team the lead shortly before the break. (Photo: nph)
SV Werder Bremen have been eliminated from the first round of the German DFB Cup for the third straight year by a third division team as the Green-Whites lost 3-1 at 1. FC Saarbrücken - just like last season in extra time. Despite Sebastian Prödl equalising the game 1-1 in the 59th minute, Werder could not win their first competitive match under new coach Robin Dutt.

Werder Bremen played a poor first half at Saarbrücken's Ludwigspark Stadium. While the Green-Whites continually had errors in their newly-formed 4-3-3 system, Saarbrücken relied on counter attacks. And they had chances by Raffael Korte (24th minute), Serkan Göcer (27th) and Kevin Maek (30th). Werder struggled to find tempo and accuracy in their own game. Mehmet Ekici's long distance shot in the 38th minute was Bremen's only highlight in the first half. Fischer gave the Green-Whites plenty to worry about shortly before the break as the FCS defender hammered home a goal in the 45th minute to make it 1-0 after Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz and Nils Petersen could not clear a free kick.
Mehmet Ekici, here in a showdown with Christian Eggert, had Werder’s only chance in the first half. (Photo: nph) Mehmet Ekici, here in a showdown with Christian Eggert, had Werder’s only chance in the first half. (Photo: nph)
But Dutt's team did not let themselves get down from the conceded goal. The Green-Whites started energetically in the second half with Prödl being close on a header after 47 minutes and substitute Marko Arnautovic with a chance in the 52nd minute. Werder was pushed on by some 3,000 fans who had travelled to Saarbrücken and got back into the match. Prödl matched the first goal and equalised 1-1 in the 59th minute. That was also the score after 90 minutes.

That meant a winner would be decided in extra time, which Saarbrücken started better with chances in the 96th and 97th minutes. Both teams absolutely wanted to win in the hot temperatures at Ludwigsburg Stadium to reach the second round. Prödl had a header attempt in the 103rd minute as Bremen's best chance. But once again, the hosts scored just before the switch. Tim Stegerer's long distance shot was deflected unluckily by Bremen captain Clemens Fritz past Mielitz in the 105th minute for a 2-1 Saarbrücken lead. That wasn't the final straw as Marcel Ziemer converted a counter attack eight minutes before time to give the hosts a 3-1 victory.

DFB Pokal, Saison 2013/2014, First round, 04.08.2013, Ludwigsparkstadium, Saarbrücken
1. FC Saarbrücken
Werder Bremen
1. FC Saarbrücken: Ochs - Falkenberg, Maek, Eggert (104' Pellowski), Kruse, Korte, Göcer, Hoffmann (96' Kreuels), Knipping, Fischer (76' Stegerer), Ziemer.

SV Werder Bremen: Mielitz - Fritz, Prödl, Caldirola, Gebre Selassie (107' Hartherz), Makiadi, Ekici (82' Yildirim), Junuzovic, Hunt, Füllkrug (46' Arnautovic), Petersen.

Goals: 1-0 Fischer (45'), 1-1 Prödl (59'), 2-1 Stegerer (105'), Ziemer 3-1 (112')

Attendance: 19,000

Referee: Robert Kempter

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