In the second friendly of this international break, SV Werder beat Regionalliga side BSV Rehden 4-1. But the Lower Saxony side, sitting very deep, and their impressive goalkeeper, made it hard for Florian Kohfeldt’s team for long periods of the game. Werder went in front early on through Max Kruse (13’) but they conceded an equaliser just after the break as Kai Evers’ shot from distance was deflected in. The Green-Whites steadied the ship however and went on to score three more goals to decide the match. Max Kruse scored again, this time from the penalty spot (70’) whilst Niklas Schmidt (73’) and Maximilian Eggestein (84’) also got on the scoresheet to put the result beyond doubt.
Starting line-up and formation: Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt had to do without several players out with flu and so reinforced the squad with players from the Werder U23s, who have been taking part in first team training since the beginning of the international break. Three U23 players - Thore Jacobsen, Dominic Volkmer and Jesper Verlaat - all started. The young trio made up three of the back four with Theodor Gebre Selassie at right-back. Maximilian Eggestein and Zlatko Junuzovic played in front of the young defenders as central midfielders with Fin Bartels and Izet Hajrovic on the wings. Max Kruse and Aron Jóhannsson played up top.
Florian Kohfeldt: “There are good and bad things to take from that game. We wanted to have a lot of the possession and be able to get in behind their defence, we partially achieved that aim. We could’ve scored a few more in the first half; we created enough chances to score more than just the one. We let it slip a bit after we conceded the equaliser and we can’t let that happen. We were quick to react after we conceded in the Frankfurt game but we weren’t today. That isn’t an excuse even when we don’t play with all of our first-team regulars. We have to have the demand of always wanting to win, irrespective of whether in the Bundesliga or a friendly.”
SV Werder: Drobny (46’ Plogmann) - Gebre Selassie (46’ Bauer), Verlaat (62‘ Vollert), Volkmer, Jacobsen - Hajrovic, M. Eggestein, Junuzovic, Bartels (46’ Schmidt) - Kruse, Jóhannsson (62’ Zhang)
BSV Rehden: Mandic - Stöhr, Kelkit, Behrens, Evers, Dogan, Njie, Magouhi, Madroch, Mehanovic, Canzian Da Silva
Goals: 1-0 Kruse (13’), 1-1 Evers (49’), 2-1 Kruse (70’ pen), 3-1 Schmidt (73’), 4-1 M. Eggestein (84’)
Referee: Patrick Schult