SV Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg clashed at the Weser-Stadium in a game where both teams were looking for their first win of the Bundesliga season. A fixture that has produced many goals in the past, it was surely going to be interesting. With both team lacking goals in the opening stages of the season, there is hope that the history of this fixture would produce what has been lacking for both.
The whistle blew at the Weser-Stadium and both teams went on the search for that all important three points. Confidence was high for both teams, with Bremen and Freiburg building up from the back and going on the attack. The Freiburg attack looked hungry in the opening stages, with the attacking frontline pressuring the Bremen defence. With goals being an issue for both teams in the Bundesliga, it was a race to see who could take the advantage.
The first shot of the game fell to Thomas Delaney whose effort went wide. Four minutes after Delaney’s effort, Ishak Belfodil stepped up to the plate after an attack by the home side, only for his shot to be saved by Alexander Schwolow. Opportunities were coming and Freiburg got theirs in the 14th minute when Florian Niederlechner’s shot from distance was saved by Jiri Pavlenka. Lining up as 3-4-2-1 on paper, Freiburg were commonly reverting to five at the back, especially when Bremen were on the attack. Managed by a coach such as Christian Streich, defence is known to be a strong point for the team from the Black Forest. The opening 15 minutes proved to be an even contest, both teams were having opportunities and looked threatening going forward.
As the game progressed it became apparent that Freiburg were starting to win the second ball, physicality being a strong point for the away side. Werder Bremen were having a number of promising opportunities come to fruition, especially on the break when Fin Bartels had a chance, only for his attempt on the ball to be fluffed. The home side were finding open space during their attacks but were lacking that crucial final ball.
One of SCF’s goal scorers so far this season, Niederlechner was becoming primary weapon of Freiburg’s attack was causing problems for Bremen’s defence. Putting them under pressure and hassling them around the box, chances were surely going to fall to Freiburg. The away side had another opportunity fall to the 26 year-old whose strike was saved by a stretched Pavlenka. Freiburg’s best chance of the first half came from Niederlechner after receiving a through ball which put him through on goal. Yet again Pavlenka was able to deal with the threat posed by Freiburg. Getting past the 6’5″Czech keeper was becoming a difficult task. The fighting spirit was at a high for both teams who were upping the ante. As half time was getting closer, the difficulty in breaking down Freiburg’s defense was becoming clear. Their midfield and defence were moving as a collective and unison, a difficult task for Bremen to get through.
Alexander Nouri’s team talk at half time must have been one of emphasising on attack. The home side came out on the front font, registering their first shot of the second half in the 47th minute. Florian Kainz’s strike was saved by Alexander Schwolow. Upping the pressure and intensity, Bremen flooded Freiburg’s defence with attack upon attack. An opportunity fell to Delaney after a well worked attack, but his effort went wide. Another attack came from the Bremen down the right, but Christian Streich’s men held firm.
As time progressed the home side were looking the better side. Producing attacks, Nouri’s men are posing a real threat. The attacks continued and so did the chances. A shot from distance came from Philipp Bargfrede, going just wide. Bremen were powering forward, looking for the first goal of the game. Looking limited in attack, Freiburg had a great chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute after a corner found the head of Philipp Leinhart. Unfortunately for the away side it hit the woodwork. Three minutes later the home side went on the break, driving into the box, Ishak Belfodil had a great chance to put Bremen ahead but he was unable to do so. Somehow this game was still goalless. The home side continued on the front foot and were on the brink of scoring for much of the second half. Attacks kept coming and somehow nothing came of them. Bremen kept attacking till the final minutes but just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net. The whistle blew for full time and Nouri must be feeling frustrated in not being able to come away with a win. The home side dominated the second half but couldn’t score. Both teams remain winless in the Bundesliga.
Half Time – The team talk that took place at half time especially worked for the home side. Nouri’s men looked much more threatening team in the second half. Putting on the pressure and attack, Bremen were on the brink of getting a goal for much of the second half. Somehow they didn’t score. Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg are yet to get a win in the Bundesliga.
Man of the Match
- Werder Bremen – 54.6%
- SC Freiburg – 45.4%
- Werder Bremen – 17
- SC Freiburg – 13
- Werder Bremen – 10
- SC Freiburg – 7
Talking Points Bremen
- Attack – Werder Bremen looked dangerous in their clash against SC Freiburg. The second half proved to be dominant for the home side. 11 shots and 5 chances created in the second, somehow Bremen were unable to score and get their first win of the Bundesliga season. A frustrating draw for Nouri’s men.
- On The Break – On multiple occasions Bremen saw their attacks come on the break. Finding space in Freiburg’s half, the home side were able to work in attack with relative ease. The second half was attacking dominance from Bremen.
- Clinical – Chances for Bremen but not goal. Despite coming close on multiple occasions, the home side were unable to get their first win in the Bundesliga. Out of their 17 shots, 6 were on target. A shot accuracy of 35.3%, Bremen will but hoping they are able to be more clinical in the future.
- The return of Niklas Moisander. The Finnish backliner made his season debut Saturday after preseason injury, and earned the highest whoscored.com rating of any player on the pitch, with three key passes, 89% passing, 96 touches, three tackles, four interceptions and three clearances. Injuries to Max Kruse and Zlatko Junuzović have certainly hampered Bremen’s attack, but the return of the veteran Moisander solidifies their defending.
Talking Points Freiburg
- Niederlechner – A solid game by one of Freiburg’s only scorers this season. The first half saw Niederlechner have a total of fourshots and two take ons. Substituted in the 70th minute, Niederlechner is coming away with a solid performance. Freiburg looked threatening in the first half and were close to scoring. Similar to that of Bremen, they were unable to put the ball in the back of the net
- Second Half – The second half saw Bremen takeover the game, especially in attack. Seeing 44.2% possession in the second half, Freiburg had to use other means in the second half in order continue the threat they had seen in the first half. Despite this, Bremen proved to be the threatening team in the second half, having 12 shots and creating five chances. The away side still had opportunities on goal but were unable to convert the chances they had
- Clinical – 13 shots and 7 chances created, Freiburg gave themselves a good chance against Werder Bremen. Looking especially threatening in the first half, the away side were close to securing their first win of the season. Despite having the opportunities, Freiburg had a similar story to Bremen. Unable to be clinical in front of goal, the away side came away with their fourth draw of the season.
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