Von Max Brosta
The Green-Whites stayed true to their favourites tag and shipped six goals past neighbours SV Atlas Delmenhorst in Saturday evening’s DFB-Pokal clash. Werder, the away side at a sold-out (41,500) wohninvest WESERSTADION, flew out of the blocks early on to show eveveryone who rules the roost in Bremen. Florian Kohfeldt’s men put on a disciplined and focused performance against the sixth-tier opponents, scoring twice inside 20 minutes through Yuya Osako and Niklas Moisander. SV Atlas had 11 men behind the ball for long spells, but it didn’t stop them pulling a goal back on the break with a first-time finish from Tom Schmidt on the half-hour mark. But Werder bounced back quickly to re-establish their two-goal cushion, as Rashica fired home a powerful strike. Davy Klaassen added a fourth shortly before the break with some silky footwork. The second half continued in a similar fashion, Werder would only manage two more goals, both scored from legendary Claudio Pizarro just minutes after coming off the bench. Magical stuff from evergreen forward!
Line-up and formation: 30-year-old Christian Groß made his competitive debut for SV Werder in the DFB-Pokal match against SV Atlas Delmenhorst. The captain of the U23s started alongside first team captain Niklas Moisander in central defence, flanked by Theodor Gebre Selassie and Marco Friedl. Jiri Pavlenka lined up in goal, as usual.
It was an almost identical starting XI from the friendly against Everton, with only Josh Sargent replacing Niclas Füllkrug in the team. Milot Rashica and Yuya Osako completed the attacking line in front of a midfield three of Maximilian Eggestein, Davy Klaassen and Nur Sahin.
Werder starting XI: Pavlenka - Friedl, Groß, Moisander, Gebre Selassie - Sahin, Klaassen, M. Eggestein - Rashica, Osako, Sargent.
Bench: Kapino - Möhwald, Harnik, Füllkrug, Pizarro, J. Eggestein, Wiemann.
6th min: First big change for Werder, as Milot Rashica wins perfectly-placed free kick on the right side of goal. Left-footer Nuri Sahin curls the dead ball over the wall by brushes the side netting.
10th min: GOOOOAAAL Werder - Yuya Osako opens the scoring! The deadlock has been broken. Niklas Moisander plays a defence splitting ball to Theo Gebre Selassie, who cuts it back in the box to Osako for an easy tap-in.
19th min: GOOOOAAAL Werder - Niklas Moisander doubles the lead! The captain leads by example, attacking at the far post to meet Osako’s flicked on header. A worthy first goal as Werder skipper!
30th min: Goal for SV Atlas Delmenhorst - Tom Schmidt makes it 2-1! Well, well, well. Atlas hit Werder on the break with an ice-cold counter. Oliver Rauh squares the ball to Schmidt on the edge, who fires a first time effort low and hard past Jiri Pavlenka.
37th min: GOOOOOAAAL Werder - Milot Rashica re-establishes the lead! A perfect response from the Green-Whites – Groß chips delightfully over the back line to rocketman Rashica, who quickly swivels and drives home a powerful strike into the near post.
40th min: GOOOOOAAAL Werder - Davy Klaassen opens to 4-1! Silky skills from Klaassen, who dances his way into the box before slotting coolly into the far post.
45th min: Half time! Werder take a 4-1 lead into the break, showing everyone who the real bosses are at the Weserstadion. Just one lapse in concentration during the 45 minutes, which led to a memorable goal for Atlas.
57th min: SV Atlas are holding firm and slowly working their way into the Werder half, winning several corner kicks. The Green-White defence clears the danger well.
65th min: Now we‘re talking! Claudio Pizarro replaces Yuya Osako.
68th min: GOOOOOAAAL Werder - Claudio Pizarro makes it 5-1! That didn’t take long! Füllkrug rounds multiple defenders before squaring the ball across goal, where Pizarro (who else?!) was waiting to tap home.
74th min: GOOOOOAAAL Werder - Claudia Pizarro AGAIN! WHAT A MAN! Werder’s evergreen forward finishes spectacularly on the turn, curling in from the edge of the box. Bravo Señor!
90th min: Full time! SV Werder Bremen are into the second round of the DFB-Pokal thanks to a 6-1 win. Claudio Pizarro takes the plaudits after a stunning cameo appearance in the second hald, scoring twice inside 10 minutes to become the oldest player to score a brace in cup history!