Highlights from the first half:
6th minute: A goal scare in Werder’s penalty box, as Pavlenka takes too much time after Friedl’s back pass and is tackled by former Bremen player Behrens, but luckily the ball goes past the left post.
13th minute: GOALLLLLL! Amos Pieper makes it 1-0 to Werder. Ducksch crosses the ball nicely from a free kick on the left hand side into the box, where Pieper faintly heads the ball through the legs of Rønnow. Werder are ahead!
18th minute: Goal, Janik Haberer makes it 1-1. The Green-Whites gift Union an equaliser straight after. Pieper hits a back pass to Pavlenka short, who saves off Behrens, but Haberer picks up the rebound and rolls the ball into an empty net from 17 yards out.
21st minute: Werder hit the post! Füllkrug plays the ball to Bittencourt with his back to goal in the penalty area, who just beats Gießelmann to the ball, but the defender still does well, and the ball rolls slowly into the left post.
42nd minute: VAR rules out a Union goal. Behrens closes Pavlenka down as he attempts a lofted pass, and the deflection takes the ball to Becker, who cuts inside just outside the box and sends the ball into the top-right corner. However, VAR intervenes, and referee Dankert disallows the goal because the ball struck Behren’s hand.
45th+3 minute: Werder so close to making it 2-1! Füllkrug skilfully takes the ball to the edge of play on the left-hand side and pulls the ball back in the air to Schmidt, who heads from 15 yards out, but Rønnow manages to keep the ball out of the far corner. Shortly after, Bittencourt loops a volley from distance which just lands on the top of the net.
45th+5 minute: Half-time in Bremen. 1-1.