Werder’s European dream lives on

Green-Whites win 1-0 in Hoffenheim

Johannes Eggestein was Werder's match-winner in Hoffenheim (Photo: nordphoto).
Match Highlights
Saturday, 11.05.2019 // 17:24 Uhr

The European dream lives on! The Green-Whites won 1-0 in Hoffenheim on the penultimate matchday of the season and will still be in with a chance of qualifying for Europe next week on the final day. Johannes Eggestein was the match-winner, scoring a header in the first half. The Green-Whites had been pushing forward towards the end of the first half and deserved their lead. Shortly before the break, Maximilian Eggestein scored to put Werder 2-0 up, but VAR ruled the goal out. The referee ruled that Jojo Eggestein had jumped with his arm up in the build-up, and a foul was given. Werder remained strong in the second half, and can still finish in a European spot going into the final matchday of the season.

Line-up and formation: Werder head coach Florian Kohfeldt made four changes from the 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund last weekend. Theo Gebre Selassie and Niklas Moisander returned in defence, with Marco Friedl and Sebastian Langkamp on the bench. Kevin Möhwald came in for the suspended Davy Klaassen, and Johannes Eggestein in for the injured Max Kruse.

Werder go in ahead

Johannes Eggestein put Werder in front with a header in the first half (Photo: nordphoto).

4 mins: Nuri Sahin puts the ball into the box and Niklas Moisander gets his ball to the cross, but Baumann holds on.

19 mins: First chance for the hosts, but Szalai shoots just wide of the Werder goal.

38 mins: Closest chance so far as Kramaric gets through on goal and hits the post!

39 mins: GOOAALL for Werder – Jojo Eggestein! 0-1! Milot Rashica crosses the ball back into the box after a period of pressure from Werder, and Jojo is there to head the ball into the back of the net!

43 mins: VAR rules out another Werder goal! Jojo Eggestein wins an aerial duel in midfield, getting the ball to Osako. The forward then plays the ball through to Maxi Eggestein, who blasts home, but the referee rules the goal out for a foul against Johannes Eggestein in the build-up after consulting VAR!

45+3 mins: Half-time! Werder go in ahead at the break but it looked like their lead had been doubled for a few moments until VAR intervened.

Werder stay strong defensively

Werder stayed strong in the second half and took home all three points (Photo: nordphoto).

59 mins: Chance for TSG. Former Werder striker Belfodil is played through and Pavlenka has to save to deny him!

67 mins: Werder hit Hoffenheim on the counter with Yuya Osako, but he blasts wide of the post.

71 mins: A header seems to travel forever towards the corner of the Werder goal, but Pavlas gets fingertips to keep it out!

74 mins: Ludwig Augustinsson hits a fierce shot but Baumann manages to save the effort.

81 mins: PAVLAS! Hoffenheim chip the ball into the area and Kramaric is left alone in on Pavlenka, but the goalkeeper saves to keep Werder in the lead!

90+4 mins: Full time! Werder went ahead in the first half and remained strong defensively in the second to make it a massive win here in Hoffenheim this afternoon!

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann, Kaderabek, Vogt, Bicakcic, Brenet, Grillitsch, Demirbay (74' Nelson), Amiri (46' Baumgartner), Kramaric, Belfodil, Szalai (57' Joelinton).

SV Werder: Pavlenka, Gebre Selassie (24' Friedl), Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson, Sahin, Möhwald, M. Eggestein, Osako, J. Eggestein (87' Langkamp), Rashica (61' Pizarro).

Goals: 0-1 J. Eggestein (39')

Referee: Bastian Dankert

Attendance: 30,150


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