Borussia Dortmund climb into second place ahead of tomorrow’s games following a 2-0 victory in Werder Bremen this evening.
Werder Bremen lost their 100% record at the Weserstadion this season as they failed to break down the defending champions defence in a spirited effort from the visitors.
Neither side took charge of the game in the opening stages and it wasn’t until 17 minutes into the game until either side produced a shot on target. Claudio Pizarro, who had only arrived back from international duty with Peru in Chile less than 24 hours before kick off this evening had the first shot of the game. His 20 yard effort produced a comfortable catch from Roman Weidenfeller.
Chris Löwe’s free kick on 20 minutes was the first effort on goal the visitors had to show for, which was punched away by Sebastian Mielitz in the Werder Bremen goal. Tim Wiese was serving his last of a three match ban. The home side were also short of the suspended Marko Arnautovic.
Markus Rosenberg replaced the suspended Arnautovic had his first effort on goal in the 26th minute as Bremen started to get on top of the game. His effort following a quick throwing went across and wide of the Dortmund goal.
Mario Götze was closely picked up in the first half, with his one snap shot on goal in the first half going wide of the mark.
On the half hour mark, Aaron Hunt produced a cross from the left byline that produced a volley effort from Claudio Pizarro that was well blocked by Mats Hummels. The German defender had cleverly taken a few steps back towards the near post as the cross came in where Weidenfeller could not reach. Replays showed the shot was heading wide.
His Swedish partner up front, Rosenberg wasted a good chance minutes later when a chipped ball past the last line of defence would have seen him one-on-one with the Dortmund goalkeeper but for a heavy first touch that allowed Weidenfeller to pick the ball up without any threat.
The game’s opening goal came two minutes before half time and against the run of play. Borussia Dortmund caught the home side out on the counter attack when Robert Lewandowski brought the ball down in the opponents half and squared it to the enrushing Sven Bender. Bender slid in Ivan Perisic, who, with defenders in front of him steady himself before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner off the underside of the bar. 1-0.
Werder Bremen had showed lots of promise attacking down the left wing in the first half but created limited shots on goal in the first half and went into half time a goal behind.
The Green-Whites were given an early advantage in the second half when Ivan Perisic was shown his second yellow card and marching orders inside two minutes of the restart. The Croatian’s reckless slide tackle outside the area on Sokratis gave referee Florian Meyer no option but to get his cards out of his pocket. Perisic had made two yellow card-worthy fouls in the first half and had been a little fortunate not to receive his sending off earlier.
Werder Bremen quickly put pressure on the 10 men. First, Marko Marin’s shot inside the area was stopped by Weidenfeeler down low at his near post. Then Claudio Pizarro’s hard work towards the left byline, winning the ball and taking it past Ilkay Gundogan setup Andreas Wolf inside the area. The centre back blasted over the bar.
Before the hour, Aaron Hunt had an effort correctly ruled out for standing some distance offside. Soon after, Naldo blazed a free kick harmlessly over the bar.
Poor finishing from the home side as well as a number of headed clearances from the visitors should be credited for the clean sheet. Midway through the second half a lick of paint came to Borussia Dortmund’s rescue too. Lukas Schmitz fired in a shot that deflected off Patrick Owomoyela on its way to goal. The ball crashed off the underside of the bar before Dortmund cleared their lines.
Werder Bremen had 11 corners overall and failed to threaten the Borussia Dortmund goal. One, in the 70th minute was punched away by Roman Weidenfeller that started the counter attack leading up to the second goal.
Robert Lewandowski collected the ball in his own half and was able to race through unchallenged before Lukas Schmitz finally came across inside his own penalty area to block the Polish striker’s attempted shot out for a corner.
That corner saw Neven Subotic’s header blocked before his acrobatic volley found its way through to an unmarked Patrick Owomoyela inside the back post who finished well first time to double the Borussians lead.
Owomoyela, who made his Germany debut under Jürgen Klinsmann nearly seven years ago whilst playing for Arminia Bielefeld was making his first start of this season this evening, replacing the injured Lukasz Piszczek.
The home wide pushed on in the final 20 minutes but were unable to break down the Dortmund defence.
Jürgen Klopp’s side move into second place, ahead of both Werder Bremen and Borussia Mönchengladbach on goal difference.
Werder Bremen travel to FC Augsburg next Friday night before Borussia Dortmund host 1. FC Köln the following day.