Werder narrowly lost out to the record champions in front of 42,100 fans in the Weserstadion on Saturday afternoon. Former Werder star Serge Gnabry was the man who made the difference, scoring either side of half time. He first came on the rebound after good work from Joshua Kimmich and a Jiri Pavelnka save (20’), whilst his second had a bit more luck to it. The ball deflected off a defender and into him after Thomas Müller’s cross (50’). Yuya Osako’s equaliser came in between the two goals. The Japanese striker headed in a wonderful cross from Max Kruse (33’).
Line-up and formation: Florian Kohfeldt made one change from the Freiburg game, bringing in Yuya Osako to replace Martin Harnik. Max Kruse and Johannes Eggestein made up the rest of the attacking trio. Davy Klaassen and Maxi Eggestein played in midfield, with Nuri Sahin sitting deeper. The defence was Theodor Gebre Selassie, Milos Veljkovic, Niklas Moisander and Ludwig Augustinsson, with Jiri Pavlenka in goal.
7 mins: Müller and Lewandowski link up well, but Jiri Pavlenka is there to deny the Polish forward!
15 mins: This time Kimmich goes close for Bayern, curling a left-footed effort about a foot wide of the post.
20 mins: GOAL for Bayern – Serge Gnabry. Kimmich plays a great ball to the winger, who’s denied by Pavlenka before scoring the rebound. Werder’s former man comes back to haunt them.
22 mins: First chance for Werder! Osako chests down cleverly and Gebre Selassie’s shot on the volley is saved by Neuer.
26 mins: What a chance for Bayern – Müller gets a free header in but somehow puts it wide of the post.
29 mins: Chance for Werder! Gebre Selassie puts in a dangerous ball that Johannes Eggestein almost gets on the end of, and Nuri Sahin almost scores an absolute screamer from distance!
33 mins: GOOAALL for Werder! Yuya Osako!! Kruse picks up the ball on the left wing, cuts back onto his right and crosses perfectly for Osako to head in! Pinpoint from the captain!
39 mins: Werder get lucky. Gnabry puts a great ball into the area and Lewandowski can’t convert.
45+1 mins: The referee blows an end to a thrilling first half.
50 mins: Goal for Bayern – Gnabry again. Müller puts in a ball from the by-line which Moisander tries to cut out. The defender can’t clear properly, however, and the ball deflects off him into Gnabry and then into the net.
58 mins: Gebre Selassie’s ball finds Jojo Eggstein, and his shot on the volley is deflected behind for a corner!
77 mins: Almost the equaliser! Pizarro, who has just come on, plays the ball through to Kruse and his shot is deflected just wide of the post!
90+2 mins: Moisander is sent off for a second yellow card. Lewandowski knocks the ball past him on the touchline and the defender impedes the striker.
90+5 mins: Full time.
Match summary: Bayern were dominant, but Werder could have found the equaliser on another day. Werder succumb to a fourth loss in five games at the hands of the champions.