Werder Bremen stay up on away goals

2-2 in Heidenheim
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Werder Bremen will remain in the Bundesliga (Photo: nordphoto).
Match Report
Monday, 06.07.2020 / 23:55

We’ve done it! SV Werder have avoided relegation from the Bundesliga following this Monday’s 2-2 draw in the second leg against 1. FC Heidenheim. Following a goalless draw in Bremen, the Green-Whites needed a score-draw or a win to avoid the drop. Things could have gotten off to a better start when Werder took the lead inside three minutes, Heidenheim’s Norman Theuerkauf turning the ball into his own net. Despite a flurry of chances, Florian Kohfeldt’s side were unable to extend their lead and were in for a nervy finish when Tim Kleindienst equalised for the hosts in the 85th minute. Augustinsson quashed those nerves with a second for Werder deep into stoppage time before a Kleindienst penalty brought the match to a close. 2-2 – Werder officially safe. A huge relief for all after an exhausting season.

Line-up and formation: Werder head coach made three changes from the team that drew 0-0 in the first leg, Joshua Sargent, Ludwig Augustinsson and Kevin Vogt all returning to the starting XI. In their place, Niclas Füllkrug and Philipp Bargfrede took up their spots on the bench, while captain Niklas Moisander missed out due to suspension.

Starting XI: Pavlenka – Vogt, Augustinsson, Rashica, Osako, Veljkovic, Sargent, Gebre Selassie, Klaassen, Friedl und M. Eggestein.

Bench: Kapino – Selke, Bittencourt, Füllkrug, Pizarro, Langkamp, Bartels, Groß and Bargfrede.

An Ideal Start

Seconds before the opener - Norman Theuerkauf scores the own goal to give Werder the lead (Photo: nordphoto).

First-half highlights:

1st min: Werder fly out of the blocks in their new city jerseys, Yuya Osako flicking on from Ludwig Augustinsson’s cross, but Joshua Sargent wasn’t quite able to react in time to direct his shot goalwards.

3rd min: GOOOOAL! Werder take the lead! Own goal from Heidenheim’s Norman Theuerkauf. Maxi Eggestein has time to play the ball forward to Rashica, but a deflection sees the ball ricochet on the edge and Theuerkauf’s attempted clearance flies into the top corner. The perfect start for SVW!

10th min: Werder almost double the lead! Augustinsson and Osako link up down the right, Klaassen attacks the far post and heads goalwards, but FCH keeper Kevin Müller is alert to the danger.

Nervous right until the end

Maxi Eggestein (L.) and Werder Bremen beat Heidenheim (Photo: nordphoto).

Second-half Highlights:

46th min: Jiri Pavlenka comes up big with his first save of the half, as he parries away Stefan Schimmer’s shot. David Otto gets on the end of the resulting corner, but fires his attempt over the bar.

50th min: Osako gets on the end of a pass from Eggestein, but his touch gives former Bremen man Marnon Busch enough time to recover and block his attempt.

57th min: Werder look to pose a threat from the corner, as Milos Veljkovic lays it in front of the goalmouth from the edge of the six-yard box. Once again, Busch is able to clear it.

59th min: Sargent pushes forward with a strong solo run, but is unable to be rewarded as Heidenheim’s goalkeeper Müller keeps him at bay.

82nd min: A Heidenheim clearance finds its way to Klaassen, who fires his shot just over the bar.

85th min: Heidenheim score. Tobias Mohr’s powerful shot from range hits the post and bounces right to Tim Kleindienst, who sticks away the rebound.

90+4th min: 2-1! Fin Bartels storms forward and lays it off to Augustinsson who has an open net to aim at. Surely that’s it!

90+8th min: Heidenheim equalise from the spot, as Kleindienst converts in the final seconds. Shortly after, the referee blows
the final whistle. We’ve done it! Werder avoid relegation from the Bundesliga thanks to the away goals rule.

Match summary: Werder Bremen will be playing in the Bundesliga next season. We’ve achieved the bare minimum after all the highs and lows of this season. Thank you for your support, Werder fans!


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