Werder the better side, Fortuna with the goals

The Green-Whites fall to a 3-1 defeat to Düsseldorf
Rouwen Hennings stays cool in front of goal as Werder concede their first goal of the season. (Photo: nordphoto).
Match Highlights
Saturday, 17.08.2019 / 17:29

SV Werder once again failed to achieve a victory on the opening day of the Bundesliga season. The Green-Whites haven’t picked up three points in a season opener since the 2013/14 season. And this was once again the case for Werder as they came away with no points after their game with Fortuna Düsseldorf, falling to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the visitors. However, the game didn’t initially seem as if it would end this way. In the early minutes, SV Werder seemed to be really up for the game, in front of 42,100 visitors in the wohninvest WESERSTADION. The Green-Whites were very strong in the opening stages. SVW were performing confidently, energetically and immediately put Fortuna’s defence under increasing pressure. The only thing missing was the opening goal. Düsseldorf defended well and managed to survive the first phase of pressure from Werder unscathed. Werder lacked any sort of luck in the final third but seemed to have the game under control; up until the 36th minute. Out of absolutely nothing, Rouwen Hennings shocked the Werder crowd and gave Düsseldorf the lead with their first shot of the game. Subsequently, the shock had a visible effect on Werder up until the half-time interval. After the break, the hosts came flying out of the blocks, with Johannes Eggestein grabbing a deserved equalizer in the 47th minute, and continued to apply the pressure. After Kenan Karaman put away Düsseldorf’s second (52’), Kaan Ayhan added a third in the 64th minute. Werder’s defence lacked both organisation and concentration, which was capitalised on by the ice-cold Düsseldorf players. Giving up wasn’t an option though. Werder continued to press and create chances, giving Fortuna no time to relax. The Green-Whites had plenty of chances, with Niclas Füllkrug even hitting the underside of the crossbar (88’). However, luck was clearly on Düsseldorf’s side on Saturday afternoon. 

Starting line-up and formation: Signed last Sunday, but straight into the starting XI. Ömer Toprak made his debut in SV Werder colours against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Green-Whites’ new signing, who replaced Christian Groß in the starting line-up, played in central defence next to captain Niklas Moisander. Marco Friedl and Theodor Gebre Selassie filled in the remaining defensive positions, playing on the flanks. 
Head coach Florian Kohfeldt made two changes to the side that lined up against Atlas Delmenhorst for their 6-1 victory in the DFB Pokal. As well as Toprak, Johannes Eggestein replaced Josh Sargent in the new lineup, with Werder’s number 24 slotting into the right winger position. Milot Rashica took up the position on the left hand side, with the very versatile Yuya Osako starting as the central striker. Behind them, came the tried and tested midfield three: Nuri Sahin filled the number six position, while Davy Klaassen and Maximilian Eggestein took up the more offensive positions as Werder played with their favoured 4-3-3 formation. 

Werder’s starting 11: Pavlenka, Friedl, Moisander, Toprak, Gebre Selassie, Sahin, Klaassen, M. Eggestein, Rashica, Osako, J. Eggestein.

On the bench: Kapino - Möhwald, Harnik, Füllkrug, Pizarro, Sargent, Straudi, Groß.

Hennings shocks the home crowd

Ömer Toprak makes his debut for Werder (Photo: nordphoto).

The highlights of the first half:
4th minute: Werder have started the game with a high intensity and aren’t allowing Fortuna any breathing space. After a corner from Nuri Sahin, Düsseldorf can only clear the ball as far as Maximilian Eggestein. Werder’s number 35 takes a strike with the outside of his right boot, deflecting off a Fortuna leg – a close call.
12th minute: Gooaalll…or not. For the first time in the game, there was a huge roar in Bremen. Marco Friedl plays a beautiful pass through to Johannes Eggestein, who stays ice-cold in front of the Fortuna goal and puts the ball in the back of the net. However, the linesman informs Felix Zwayer that the goal was offside – the correct decision. 
18th minute: How good would that have been…Nuri Sahin whips in a free-kick directly onto the head of Ömer Toprak. A debut to remember? Werder’s new signing can’t get the header on target.   
33rd minute: Nuri Sahin to Yuya Osako, Yuya Osako to Milot Rashica. Werder’s Kosovan winger takes the ball into the box, however is met with strong pressure from the Fortuna defence before he manages to get a shot away. Unlucky, Milot!
36th minute: Goal for Fortuna Düsseldorf – Rouwen Hennings makes it 1-0. The visitors take the lead out of absolutely nowhere. Their first attempt on Jiri Pavlenka’s goal finds its way in. Karaman is lucky to receive the ball on the right-hand side after blocking Marco Friedl’s attempted clearance; he gets to the byline and drills it into the middle, where Hennings stays ice-cold. 
45th minute + 2: Half-time. The visitors from Düsseldorf head into the break with a surprising 1-0 lead. Werder started the game strongly, fixed in the opposition’s half and applied continuous pressure. However, they are lacking a goal that has been thoroughly deserved due to their dominance in the opening moments of the game. It’s not over yet though!

From jubilation to disbelief

Werder can't get the ball in the net (Photo: nordphoto).

The highlights of the second half:
47’ GOAALLL for Werder! – Johannes Eggestein makes it 1-1! Werder start the second half with a bang – Their goal has finally come! Milot Rashica and Davy Klaassen win the ball back on the left wing. Rashica turns on the pace and whips in a perfect cross for the head of Jojo Eggestein. The Green-Whites’ number 24 duly converts. Nice one, boys! Come on Werder!
50th minute: Close! Almost a second for the Green-Whites. Once again, Werder combine dangerously down the left hand side. After a sharp cross-field ball, Yuya Osako applies the finish in the six yard box. However, the Japanese gets put off at the last moment and Osako’s shot just misses the target. 
52nd minute: Goal for Fortuna Düsseldorf – Kenan Karaman makes it 2-1! That’s incredible…Fortuna once again take the lead with their second shot on target. Baker is given too much space on the wing halfway down the pitch. Werder’s centre backs are poorly organized, allowing Thommy to find Karaman. The Düsseldorf attacker doesn’t dither and puts the ball in the net. Jiri Pavlenka gets a hand on it but can’t quite keep it out. Dear, oh dear.
55th minute: It’s back and forth. Werder can’t believe they are behind again and continue to apply the pressure. Nuri Sahin heads towards the corner flag and whips the ball into the box with his stronger left foot. However, goalkeeper Steffen makes his most impressive save so far and fends off Sahin’s curler. 
64th minute: Goal for Fortuna Düsseldorf – Kann Ayhan makes it 3-1! Every shot is going in. Fortuna are making the most of every opportunity they get. Once again, Werder’s defence is all over the place. Ayhan rises the highest from the corner and puts the visitors into a 3-1 lead.
67th minute: This is just incredible. Surely that has to be a goal. Yuya Osako tries his luck with a sweet hit, and keeper Steffen can only parry it. Davy Klaassen is first to the rebound and gets a touch on the ball but only manages to direct it wide of the goal. Don’t worry – keep going!
70th minute: Werder just can’t get the ball past Steffen. The substitute Niklas Füllkrug rises highest in the penalty area and heads the ball towards the goal. However, once again the visitors’ goalkeeper is alert and gets a strong hand on it to parry it away. Meanwhile, Werder are giving everything they have and make another offensive change, with Claudio Pizarro replacing defender Marco Friedl. 
78th minute: Again Werder attack, again it ends in the hands of keeper Steffen. Yuya Osako fires a long-distance effort towards Fortuna’s goal, however the goalkeeper stretches to make the save.
88th minute: Unbelievable! The luck is really on Fortuna’s side today. Niklas Füllkrug pulls away at the edge of the penalty area and smacks the ball against the underside of the bar. The ball is just about cleared away before the goalline – no goal once again.
90th minute + 4: The final whistle. A day to forget for SV Werder. Fortuna Düsseldorf beat the Green-Whites by 3 goals to 1. Werder only managed to convert one of their chances, whereas the visitors were ruthless in front of goal. In contrast, Florian Kohfeldt’s team were far too careless with their opportunities. 

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