1-1 against Wolfsburg – slow start, better ending

Philipp Bargfrede picked up a point with Werder on his 30th birthday (Photo: nordphoto).
Match Highlights
Sunday, 03.03.2019 // 20:01 Uhr

Werder always score. But they had to settle for a point in Wolfsburg. Both teams had chances in the first half, but it was the home side that were marginally on top. Shortly into the second half, Werder went behind when John Anthony Brooks beat the offside trap to head in from a free kick. After the goal, Werder seemed to wake up and turned things up a notch. Several chances followed, but it was captain Max Kruse who got his side back on level terms in the 74th minute. The goal means that Werder have now scored in a club-record 24 league games in a row in a single season.

Line-up and formation: Florian Kohfeldt made two changes from the home game against Stuttgart, with Philipp Bargfrede and Johannes Eggestein coming in to start in the place of Nuri Sahin and Josh Sargent. It was thought that Martin Harnik could return to the squad, but he hadn’t recovered from his injury in time.

A slow first half

There were no goals in the first half (Photo: nordphoto).

9 mins: Rashica plays Augustinsson in down the left-hand side and his cross finds Johannes Eggestein, but the ball is taken away from his foot at the last moment.

45+1 mins: This time Johannes Eggestein gets his head to a cross, but he can only glance the ball off target.

45+3 mins: Half time! There haven’t been many chances in the game, and both sides will be looking for a goal in the second half.

Kruse keeps the run going

Max Kruse got Werder back on level terms (Photo: nordphoto).

52 mins: Great save from Pavlas! Wolfsburg get the ball through to Klaus and he’s one-on-one against the Werder keeper, but Pavlenka makes the save!

54 mins: Goal for Wolfsburg, 1-0. Brooks manages to beat the offside trap and heads in over Pavlenka to put his side into the lead.

63 mins: Maxi Eggestein calls Pervan into action with well-struck effort. From the resulting corner, Gebre Selassie’s effort is again saved.

74 mins: GOOAALLL! Max Kruse! Maxi Eggestein puts in a great ball from the right-hand side and the captain meets it to bury a left-footed effort and get Werder back on terms!

90+3 mins: Full time. There were no more clear-cut chances in the game and Werder take a point home from Wolfsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels (46' Pervan), William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon, Guilavogui, Gerhardt, Arnold, Klaus (77' Rexhbecaj), Weghorst, Mehmedi


SV Werder: Pavlenka, Gebre Selassie, Langkamp (42' Veljkovic), Moisander, Augustinsson, Bargfrede (82' Möhwald), M. Eggestein, Klaassen, J. Eggestein, Kruse, Rashica (68' Pizarro)

Referee: Daniel Siebert

Goals: 1-0 Brooks (54'), 1-1 Kruse (74')

Attendance: 28,101