Despite a strong performance away at Stuttgart, Werder lost the game 2-1. The Green-Whites went behind in the 19th minute of the game, when Anastasios Donis finished after being played through on goal. Things got worse for Werder in the 36th minute, when Milos Veljkovic was sent off for two bookings. The away side got an equaliser in the 68th minute through a bizarre own-goal from a throw-in, but Stuttgart went back in front only seven minutes later. Instead of topping the table, Werder succumbed to their first defeat of the season.
Line-up and formation: Florian Kohfeldt made just one change from the 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin midweek, with Martin Harnik dropping out for Philipp Bargfrede..
3 mins: Werder have started the game well. Osako has a chance from a free kick, but he glances a header just wide.
5 mins: Osako again! Theo Gebre Selassie crosses the ball in, but the striker’s effort is again just off-target.
10 mins: Another chance for Osako! This time Max Kruse gets the ball into the forward and Ron-Robert Zieler is forced into a save after an acrobatic effort.
19 mins: Goal for Stuttgart. Davy Klaassen loses the ball and Daniel Didavi plays the ball over the top of the Werder defence. Donis sprints past Milos Veljkovic, rounds Jiri Pavlenka and puts the ball into the back of the net.
23 mins: Great chance for an equaliser! Gebre Selassie is has just the goalkeeper to beat but drags his shot wide of the post!
36 mins: Milos Veljkovic picks up his second booking for dragging a Stuttgart player back and is sent off.
45 mins: Half time in Stuttgart. Werder are 1-0 and one man down, but are still in this game.
46 mins: Osako wins a header against Pavard and the ball runs for Kruse. The captain hits the ball on the half-volley, but his effort is straight at Zieler.
58 mins: How has the ball stayed out? Kruse, Osako and Maxi Eggestein combine before the latter hits the inside of the post with a driven effort. So unlucky!
68 mins: A BIZARRE GOAL! Sosa takes a throw-in for Stuttgart, and his goalkeeper doesn’t appear to be ready for the pass. Zieler tries to take a touch but can’t stop the ball from ending up in the back of the net! 1-1!
75 mins: Pizarro hits the post! The veteran striker hits a great shot from outside of the box but the ball comes back off the woodwork again!
75 mins: Goal for Stuttgart. Another long ball, and Stuttgart’s attackers outnumber the Werder defence. Gonzalo Castro finishes the move, leaving Pavlenka no chance.
84 mins: Pavlenka keeps Werder in the game! Stuttgart have several chances to finish the game off, but Pavlenka is equal to the efforts!
90+4 mins: Full time in Stuttgart. Werder lose for the first time this season.
Match summary: Werder put in a strong performance, but succumbed to a loss in Stuttgart. The Green-Whites’ next game is at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Friday.