Werder have kept their hopes of qualifying for Europe this season alive by drawing 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund at home. Pulisic gave the away side an early lead just six minutes into the game before Alcacer added another before half time from a free kick. The game changed in the second half after a double substitution from Florian Kohfeldt, bringing on Kevin Möhwald and Claudio Pizarro. Möhwald got one back for Werder, aided by a goalkeeping error. Pizarro then scored the equaliser five minutes later. Werder could have gone on to win the game but get a point.
Line-up and formation: There were three changes from last week’s game in Düsseldorf, with Johannes Eggestein, the suspended Niklas Moisander and the injured Theo Gebre Selassie dropping out. Yuya Osako, Sebastian Langkamp and Marco Friedl came into the side.
6 mins: Goal for BVB – Christian Pulisic – 1-0. Klaassen loses the ball in midfield and Delaney plays the ball through to Christian Pulisic. The American paces forward, nutmegging Veljkovic, before sliding the ball beyond Pavlenka.
8 mins: First chance for Werder, but Davy Klaassen shoots wide of the post.
14 mins: BVB have another chance and Pavlenka makes a good save!
40 mins: Goal for BVB – 2-0. Paco Alcacer. The referee gives a free-kick with Friedl chasing Pulisic back and Alcacer steps up to bend it home.
44 mins: Pavlenka saves from Pulisic to keep the score down to two!
45+1 mins: Half time in the Weserstadion. BVB have been the better side and have a clear lead at the break. Werder have hardly had a chance.
55 mins: Delaney strikes from distance and it’s another great save from Pavlenka, with his fingertips this time!
58 mins: Alcacer puts a cross into the back of the net but he’s ruled offside.
66 mins: Alcacer gets his head to a cross and Pavlenka is there again to deny him!
70 mins: GOOAALL for Werder – Kevin Möhwald! The midfielder hits one from distance and Bürki spills the ball into the back of the net – Werder have one back!
75 mins: GGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL – Claudio Pizarro! It’s 2-2! Akanji tries to see a ball out for a goal kick but Augustinsson manages to hook his leg around and get the ball in the box, where Pizarro is waiting to fire home!
77 mins: Mario Götze looks to have handled the ball in the area but, after a check from VAR, no penalty is awarded.
90+3 mins: Werder almost win it. A cross from the right finds Pizarro but he puts his header wide of the post!
90+4 mins: Full time in the Weserstadion. The first half belonged to Dortmund but Werder came alive when they got one back, with Pizarro getting the equaliser. It was a game that Werder could have even won in the end, and the Green-Whites sit in ninth place in the table.
SV Werder Bremen: Pavlenka, Friedl, Veljkovic, Langkamp, Augustinsson, Sahin (59‘ Möhwald), M. Eggestein, Klaassen, Kruse, Rashica, Osako (59‘ Pizarro)
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Akanji, Weigl, Diallo (90‘ Philipp), Guerreiro, Witsel, Delaney (82‘ Dahoud), Sancho, Götze (82‘ Bruun Larsen), Pulisic, Alcacer
Goals: 0-1 Pulisic (6’), 0-2 Alcacer (41’), 1-2 Möhwald (70’), 2-2 Pizarro (75’)
Referee: Marco Fritz
Attendance: 42,100 (sold out)