Werder Bremen rescue point at confident Augsburg

Werder Bremen will look at this evening’s 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg as two points dropped.

The visitors, on a two-match losing streak heading into this game had much of the first half possession but failed to test Simon Jentzsch in the Augsburg goal enough during a dull opening 45 minutes.

The FC Augsburg stopper was playing this game with a special glove due to his broken finger. At the other end, Tim Wiese returned in goal for Werder Bremen following a three-match suspension.

The closest we came to a goal in the first half came midway through. Aaron Hunt’s free kick from the right was flicked on by Markus Rosenberg which was well-diverted onto the cross bar by the broken-fingered goalkeeper.

Six minutes later and Axel Bellinghausen was through one-on-one for the home side, only to be stopped by a last ditch tackle from Naldo as the Augsburg striker was about to pull the trigger.

This was not the only occasion Augsburg had failed to take advantage of a good opportunity in the first half. Several counter attack attempts against limited defenders failed to lead to a test on Tim Wiese in the Bremen goal up until the 34th minute. On that occasion, Axel Bellinghausen’s smashed effort heading into the bottom corner across goal was denied by the German goalkeeper.

It was the home side who did take the lead, shortly after the break. Andreas Wolf’s attempt to clear the ball as the last defender saw him take an air shot. This saw him give up possession to Sascha Mölders who unselfishly cut the ball back for Axel Bellinghausen who duly fired the home side in front.

FC Augsburg were coming off the back of their first ever Bundesliga victory last weekend when they won 1-0 in Mainz.

At this point the home side were playing with confidence but failed to produce a chance to double their lead.

Thomas Schaaf’s decision to bring on Sandro Wagner and Mehmet Ekici either side of the hour mark proved to be the positive change the visitors were looking for.

Werder Bremen started to take the game to Augsburg and finally got their equaliser. In the 68th minute, an Ekici’s corner was flicked on by Andrea Wolf onto the head of Claudio Pizarro at the back post to level the scores.

From then on there only looked like being one winner. Claudio Pizarro had an opportunity 15 minutes from time but his first time effort was straight at the feet of Simon Jentzsch. 5 minutes later, another one-on-one for the Peruvian was again hit low at the feet of Augsburg goalkeeper following a slip by Uwe Möhrle that let Pizarro in.

A few minutes from time, Sandro Wagner would make a run into the penalty area but fire over the bar.

The game ended 1-1, leaving pre-match favourites Werder Bremen winless in their last three and 5 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

The Green-Whites travel to Mainz next Saturday while Augsburg play at 1. FC Köln the following day.