Sokratis debut without happy end
24.07.2011, 10:53:29 Uhr
Despite the disappointing showing, a Scottish fan club showed that the Green-Whites have an international following as the Scots loudly sang their support during both games for Werder. And Bremen went to the fan curve to their supporters as well as applauding the many Southampton fans at St. Mary's Stadium.
Opening loss to FC Southampton 3-0
Schaaf had different line-ups for both 45-minute games with Werder's new Greek player Sokratis Papastathopoulos debuting in the second match against Bilbao. His teammates had major difficulties against Southampton and allowed goals in the 11th, 30th and 40th minutes for a clear 3-0 defeat.
After a 45-minute break, Werder played another shortened game against Bilbao where Papastathopoulos pulled over the Werder jersey for the first time. "He went into the challenges, which you did not see from all the other players," said Schaaf about the Greek's performance. The Spanish went ahead in the 22nd minute before Philipp Bargfrede equalised in the 36th minute. But Herrera scored the game winner two minutes later for Bilbao.
Werder Bremen: Wiese - Fritz, Balogun, Papastathopoulos, Schmitz - Bargfrede, Trybull, Hunt, Trinks - Arnautovic, Rosenberg
Goals: 1-0 Gabilondo (22'), 1-1 Bargfrede (36'), 2-1 Herrera (38')