Second point for newly promoted Werder Bremen. The Hanseatic League lost 2-2 (1-1) against VfB Stuttgart thanks to a last-minute goal from Oliver Burke.
Two games, two points: Promoted Werder Bremen had aimed for a win, but were satisfied with the 2-2 (1-1) win over VfB Stuttgart. Because the Scot Oliver Burke (90.+5) prevented the impending defeat against the Swabians with his last-minute goal.
“It’s an incredible feeling. It was my first last-minute goal, I really enjoyed it,” said Burke. SV Werder celebrated the bearded man with a thumbs-up photo. “In the end, the boys were rewarded for their good and fighting performance. All in all, the draw wasn’t undeserved,” said coach Ole Werner.
Jubilee Niclas Füllkrug gave Bremen the lead in the 4th minute with a powerful header from eleven meters into the top corner. But VfB captain Wataru Endo equalized before the break (38′). Silas Katompa Mvumpa initially turned the game in favor of the Swabians (77′) before Burke scored the final score. “It hurts when you concede an equalizer at the last second,” said VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.
In the first first division home game in 448 days, the 41,000 spectators in the sold-out Weser Stadium saw a fast Bundesliga game. Werder started like the fire brigade and could have led even more clearly after a powerful initial phase.
Werder Bremen with a dream start against VfB Stuttgart
The determination of the green-whites was evident from the start. The Bremen team started the game with a good pace and playfulness and created good chances.
Above all, Füllkrug, who had already scored in Wolfsburg (2:2), was initially a constant source of unrest in his 100th Bundesliga game. After the early opening goal, the 29-year-old hit the crossbar with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area (10th) – but then Werder’s glory was over for the time being.
Because the Werner team became increasingly passive after a strong initial phase, the equalizer was logical. In the 32nd minute, Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka was able to parry an Endo long-range shot before the Japanese was successful six minutes later from an almost identical position. Endo’s powerful shot hit the top left.
In the second round, VfB was even more present. Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team improved in the duels in particular and became more focused in their offensive actions. When Tiago Tomas (55th) suddenly appeared free in front of Pavlenka and failed at the Werder goalkeeper from a tight angle, the VfB supporters already had the goal scream on their lips. On the other side, Marvin Ducksch flicked the ball just over it from 16 meters (69′) before Silas scored for Stuttgart. Werder’s Burke put the final point with the final whistle and so Werder celebrated a draw in their home game comeback in the Bundesliga.
Werder Bremen – VfB Stuttgart: The voices
Ole Werner (Werder Bremen coach): “We got into the game very well and deservedly took the lead. Then we were too deep and too passive, which resulted in the equaliser. We did better in the second half. The bottom line is that we’re up next after going behind stayed. In the end, the boys were rewarded for their good and fighting performance. All in all, the draw was not undeserved.”
Pellegrino Matarazzo (VfB Stuttgart coach): “It hurts when you concede an equalizer at the last second. After a sleepy start in the first 20, 25 minutes, we turned the game around and had chances to make it 3-1 and 4-1. A win would not have been undeserved . Now we have to see how we can get a lead to the finish even better, how to act more cleverly in the final phase.”
Werder Bremen – VfB Stuttgart: The data for the game