Successful cup dress rehearsal - 2-1 win over Odense
15.08.2012, 05:59:06 Uhr
Head coach Thomas Schaaf made a number of changes to his starting line-up with just Elia, Schmitz and Fritz returning to the first XI at Egsfield Ground in Horne as opposed to against Aston Villa. Due to the large number of players missing due to international duty, Bargfrede and Nils Petersen were given the chance to gain playing time. Also starting the game were Denni Avdic, who was in front of the 4-1-4-1 formation, as well as Wolf, Lukimya, Kroos, Ekici and Trinks.
In front of 2,088 spectators, including about 50 Werder fans, the Green-Whites started the match applying a lot of pressure, keeping the Danes in their own half and going ahead in the 19th minute through Bargfrede. The 1-0 lead was also the half-time score. Trinks increased the Werder lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute.
Bremen let up in the second half and the match lost its crispness. The game finally became exciting again at the end as the Danes began to create more chances - also due to two more substitutions (Rehfeldt and M. Wegner for Trinks and Petersen). And after three chances within 10 minutes, N'Koum finally got his team on the scoreboard to make it 2-1 after 84 minutes.