A great performance rewarded with a point!

Werder draw 1-1 against Bayern Munich

Werder take a point against the champions thanks to a fighting performance (photo: nordphoto).
Match Report
Saturday, 21.11.2020 / 17:41

It was a fast-paced, competitive match in which Florian Kohfeldt’s team gave it everything they had. Following a great performance, Werder return home to Bremen with a point after a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich. Maximilian Eggestein fired the Green-Whites into the lead with a great finish shortly before half time (45’), capping off a solid first half display. Kingsley Coman brought the hosts level in the 62nd minute, but that didn’t stop Werder from pushing for a further goal. The result brings the run of 22 consecutive defeats against the Bavarians to an end.

Line up and formation: Head coach Florian Kohfeldt made two changes to the side that started the previous game against Köln before the international break. Ludwig Augustinsson returned to the starting XI following his thigh injury, while Kevin Möhwald slotted into midfield in place of Jean-Manuel Mbom. Additionally, Milot Rashica and Ömer Toprak started again as they did against Köln. Florian Kohfeldt set his team up in a 5-4-1 formation with Joshua Sargent leading the line as the lone attacker.

The starting XI: Pavlenka, Augustinsson, Möhwald, Rashica, Bittencourt, Sargent, Toprak, Gebre Selassie, Friedl, Eggestein, Groß.

Substitutes: Kapino, Osako, Selke, Agu, Moisander, Chong, Rieckmann, Mbom, Woltemade.

Werder lead at the interval!

Good link up play between Sargent and Eggestein puts Werder in the lead (photo: nordphoto).

First half highlights:

4th minute: The game begins at pace at both teams start strong. Bayern go forwards as Lucas Hernández tries a ball into the box, but finds no takers in the Bremen penalty area.

8th minute: Werder win the ball back in midfield and play in Leonardo Bittencourt, but he is unable to take the ball under control. Unfortunate, but SVW have started strong as Kohfeldt wanted!

14th minute: The Green-Whites are defending well, keeping the champions at bay for a long period. Kingsley Coman collects the ball and tries an effort from distance, but sees his shot fly over the bar.

17th minute: Close! Milot Rashica whips a low ball into the box from the left and finds Joshua Sargent, whose point blank effort draws a great reflex save from Neuer. Ludwig Augustinsson collects the ball and fires in an attempt but Neuer is able to save again!

25th minute: SVW continue their strong start as Rashica dribbles down the left before finding Leonardo Bittencourt at the far post. The ball drops perfectly but Bittencourt can only direct his volley into the side netting.

32nd minute: The hosts advance forward through Douglas Costa, who crosses into the Bremen penalty area. Jirí Pavlenka is able to intercept in midair but cannot hold onto the ball, which drops to Jamal Musiala. The Werder defence holds firm though, and the danger passes.

45th minute: Goal for Werder! Maximilian Eggestein puts the Green-Whites into the lead! A long throw in finds Joshua Sargent who dribbles down the right, beating Javi Martínez. He pulls the ball back to Maxi Eggestein, who slots the ball past Neuer to the far post! What a goal!

No drop in intensity from Werder!

SVW remained solid even after Coman equalised for FC Bayern (photo: nordphoto).

Second half highlights:

47th minute: What an exciting start to the second half! A through ball plays Milot Rashica in and the number 7 finds himself free in front of goal. But Milot can’t put the chance away, as Jérôme Boateng is there to block and turn the ball past the post.

52nd minute: Close! Douglas Costa has a go from outside the area, but the ball flies over the bar. Jirí Pavlenka sees it happily over.

 62nd minute: Goal for Bayern. Kingsley Coman scores for Bayern to make it 1-1. A cross from Leon Goretzka loops over everyone and falls to Coman at the far post. He sneaks in behind the leaping Theodor Gebre Selassie to head the ball past Pavlenka.

 65th minute: The hosts are trying to exert themselves now. Leon Goretzka puts it into the danger area again, but Serge Gnabry can’t connect properly and the ball goes harmlessly out of play.

 80th minute: SVW get another sight of goal. Manuel Mbom puts in a great cross from the right, but there’s nobody there to meet it in the middle.

82nd minute: David Alaba comes down the right, just managing to keep the ball in play, and sends a cross into the box. Robert Lewandowski climbs highest but his header goes over the bar.

84th minute: A quick counter-attack finds Joshua Sargent in the box, who dances past Jérôme Boateng and gets a shot away. Leon Goretzka’s block ensures it’s deflected behind, and the subsequent corner comes to nothing.

85th minute: A close one! Leroy Sané gets to the ball before Jirí Pavlenka and passes it to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the centre. Thankfully, his shot sails over the bar!

87th minute: No way! Felix Agu plays a brilliant pass to Joshua Sargent, but, one-on-one with Manuel Neuer, the keeper makes the save.

Conclusion: Werder demonstrated their commitment to playing with courage in the first half, just as Florian Kohfeldt wanted. The Green-Whites put on a solid showing throughout the first 45, limiting the hosts to a handful of chances while having a number of dangerous attacks themselves. This performance was rewarded with by a great goal as Maximilian Eggestein broke the deadlock shortly before the interval after great work from Josh Sargent on the wing. Bayern were able to level through a Kingsley Coman header in the 62nd minute, but Werder did not allow themselves to be thrown off balance. The game settled a little, but Werder continued to press forwards whilst also defending well, ensuring that they were able to take a point from the champions!

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