For 90 minutes, this match of the Bundesliga followed all predictions: Werder wants to play in the European Cup this season, Nuremberg is just a promoted team, and the big favourite led 1:0 in his own stadium. After the late Nuremberg equalization to the 1:1 final score by Bundesliga debutant Virgil Misidjan (90.+2), the reality looks like this: The European Cup aspirant from Bremen could not win his two supposedly easy home games against Hanover (1:1) and Nuremberg (1:1). Also on Sunday Werder left two points in front of 40.700 spectators in the Weserstadion.
“Two points from two home games are definitely not enough,” said Maximilian Eggestein. The midfielder, who had taken the lead from Bremen in the 26th minute with a violent shot from the edge of the penalty area, almost defiantly added: “That doesn’t change anything about our ambitions”.
The late Nürnberger compensation had become apparent. Werder played a good first half and a passive, negligent second half. Already in the 59th minute the ball was in the Bremen goal for the first time. In this scene, however, the video proof saved the hosts once again. Referee Daniel Schlager had already decided on goal for Nuremberg in his first Bundesliga game. However, his assistant on the screen pointed out to him that goal scorer Ondrej Petrak was offside in this action.
The Bremen problem this season so far is that the team can not maintain their performance level over 90 minutes. Against Hannover (1:1), in Frankfurt (2:1) and now against Nürnberg: Each time there were several fluctuations within only one game.
- Fortuna Düsseldorf
- DFB-Pokal: 1979–80
- Werder Bremen
- Bundesliga: 1987–88, 1992–93
- DFB-Pokal: 1990–91, 1993–94
- DFL-Supercup: 1988, 1993, 1994
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1991–92
- 1. FC Kaiserslautern
- Bundesliga: 1997–98
- 2. Bundesliga: 1996–97
- UEFA European Championship: 2004
- Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2005)
- Laureus World Sports Awards with the Greek football team (2005)
- European Coach of the Year—Alf Ramsey Award: 2004
- “Greek of the Year” (2004), first-ever foreigner to win this award
Coach Florian Kohfeldt could still have been a bit happy, though. Since taking office in November 2017, the 35-year-old has remained unbeaten in his 14th home game as Werder coach. Only the Bremen coach legend Otto Rehhagel in the 1980s came up with this figure in the Weserstadion ahead of him.
But Kohfeldt also said after the match: Of course I am not satisfied. And then he went on to an extensive analysis of this renewed loss of points. “We had a first half hour that was pretty close to what we imagined,” he said. “But we have to talk about why we gave up this game more and more every minute afterwards. We stopped playing from the rooms we wanted to play from.”
His team must now “learn from that,” he said. The Nürnberger in turn draw the certainty from this game, “that we were able to keep up in the third game in the Bundesliga. That we can bring what distinguishes us also in the first league on the place”, as her coach Michael Köllner said.
The promoted team had strengthened itself in the last days of the transfer period once again strongly. That paid off. The Dutchman Misidjan scored the late equalizer. And the Brazilian Matheus Pereira also revived the offensive game. For those who are hard player when it comes to casino or sports, bethard is good for them.
The most prominent newcomer from Bremen was only substituted after 70 minutes. Nuri Sahin still can’t get past the goalscorer Eggestein and the bargainer Bargfrede in midfield. “I would have liked to give up my debut if we had scored three points for it,” said the ex-Dortmunder. “But we begged a bit for this goal. And that’s punished in football.”