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Werder Bremen 2-3 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

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Full time! A good match with plenty of chances. It ended with 3:2 for Bayern. It was marked with good attacks, weird defending and a nerve-wrecking finish!

  • Thomas Muller had a really good game today and fully deserved the goal
  • Sven Ulreich proves his (substitutional) worth again! A solid game for the keeper who seemed quite confident today.
  • Boateng looked shaky, but the midfield was worse
  • Werder closed Thiago well, which caused problems for the Bavarians
  • In the end, a deserved victory for Bayern, although it could have gone without the second conceded goal

90+5’’ — Acrobatic shot by Selassie, but it was saved by Ulreich

90+4’’ — Lewandowski hits the post from 2-3 meters!

90+3’’ — Yellow card for Lewa

90+1’’ — Shot by Pizzaro, but isn’t dangerous for Bayern’s goal

89’’ — Substitution: Thomas Muller makes way for Rafinha

88’’ — What a run from Hummels! Few seconds after, James was so close to scoring a goal, but shot too high

86’’ — James with a good reaction to stop Werder’s attack

84’’ — Yellow card for James Rodriguez after a minor brawl

81’’ — Martin Harnik enters the game. Werder going all out now!

79’’ — Lewandowski scores to make it 3:2!

78’’ — Penalty for Bayern!

77’’ — Substitution: Thiago Alcantara comes off and James Rodriguez enters the game

75’’ — 2:2! Milot Rashica makes it 2:2 as Bayern lose their lead in just 50 seconds...

74’’ — Osako scores! Werder are back in the game and are attacking

72’’ — Smart playing from Bayern. Sitting on a 2:0 lead and letting Werder attack and leave some space for counter attacks

68’’ — Almost an own-goal! The ball hit the woodwork and came back to Thiago who shot too high.

67’’ — What a save by Sven Ulreich!

65’’ — The oldtimer Claudio Pizzaro comes on!

63’’ — GOAL! Muller! A shot by Goretzka that will count as an assist, found Muller who placed it beautifly behind Pavlenka’s back!

62’’ — Dangerous attack from Werder, but Hummels clears it twice!

59’’ — Powerful shot by Muller but it goes above the crossbar

58’’ — Substitution: Gnabry makes space for Leon Goretzka

56’’ — Nice idea from Thiago, but Miloš Veljković reads the game well and cuts the pass for Muller.

52’’ — Bayern trying to neutralize Bremen with constant passing. That looks familiar.

49’’ — Again a good chance for Werder in Bayern’s box and Ulreich saves it AGAIN.

48’’ — Two HUGE chances from both sides! First Osako escaped from Boateng and was in a dangerous position, and after that Pavlenka saves the day after a shot from Muller (I think)

47’’ — Boateng clears it from the box

45’’ — And the second half is on!

Halftime Observations and Analysis

  • Thomas Muller is looking really good today. He could have easily had an assist and a goal to his name. Luck isn’t on his side this season
  • Bayern’s midfield definitely has some issues with Werder’s pressing, but as the game progressed Thiago & Co played better and better
  • After a bold start to the game by Werder, Bayern took control later on and pressed. Bayern had better chances, but Werder looks quite dangerous on the counter attack

45+1’’ — First half ends with Bayern having a 1:0 lead against Werder Bremen

44’’ — Dangerous attack from Bremen! The shot was deflected and Ulreich saved it with ease.

43’’ — Gnabry tried his luck, but the shot goes above crossbar. After that Alaba had a shot on goal, but Pavlenka saves it!

42’’ — Hummels steals the ball and then Coman shows his dribbling skills. Amazing!

42’’ — Lewa scores again, but unfortunately the goal was disallowed because of offside.

40’’ — Bayern continue to dominate Bremen

36’’ — First Muller hit the post with an EPIC shot, and then Lewa came for the rebound and smashed it behind Pavlenka’s back!


35’’ — Decent shot by Coman, but it goes wide of the right post

33’’ — Gebre Selassie is warned by the ref for the use of his elbow. Thiago was left lying on the pitch, but quickly got up after the foul was signalized.

31’’ — Gebre Selasie shoots, but Sven Ulreich saves it.

29’’ — Corner kick for Werder goes to waste as Bayern steal the ball and go charging on a counter attack, but weren’t decisive enough in the penalty box

27’’ — Max Kruse crosses from a free-kick and Sule clears it to corner kick.

26’’ — And a yellow card for Mats Hummels. Debatable.

25’’ — OUCH! A yellow card for Davy Klassen!

23’’ — Klassen shoots the ball in the penalty box, but failed to hit the target. Best chance for Werder in the match!

22’’ — Thiago gets the ball after a deflection, but shoots above the crossbar

21’’ — Boateng makes an awful pass, but luckily for him, they didn’t capitalize on the mistake

19’’ — Long range shot from Osako, but it goes wide

18’’ — Bayern are pressing Werder, but they still look quite solid

16’’ — What a chance for Muller! Hits the defender and the ball goes out for corner

15’’ — Clever cross from Max Kruse, but it was just a bit too high for Osako

13’’ — Nice combination between Kimmich and Muller, but yet again, Werder’s defense was up to it’s task

12’’ — Dangerous cross by Eggestein, but finds nobody.

10’’ — A BEAUTIFUL shot by Thomas Muller! Unfortunately goes wide from the right post

8’’— Dangerous counter attack from Werder after a mistake from Robert Lewandowski

7’’— Alaba crosses but the ball didn’t find any Bayern player.

5’’— Free kick for Bremen, but there was no threat for Sven

3’’— Werder Bremen looking dangerous so far

2’’— Fiery start from both start.

The ref blows the whistle! Come on, let’s win this one!

Kickoff! The teams are underway at the Weserstadion.

One hour before kickoff: Lineups are out! It’s exactly as we predicted.

Time for some Pokal action! Bayern Munich travel to the Weserstadion to take on Werder Bremen in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal. Whoever wins will take on RB Leipzig in the final at Berlin. Bayern have teetered on edge of disaster for every single Pokal game thus far, and Bremen will probably look to compound the cup misery. Hopefully, the team does what it takes.

Niko Kovac believes he’s found a winning formula after the win over Borussia Dortmund, and that’s therefore the likeliest lineup to take to the pitch. The absences of Manuel Neuer (calf injury) and Niklas Sule (red card suspension) will be a huge blow to the Bavarians, as they will have to rely on the often-shaky defensive pairing of Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels with Sven Ulreich in goal.

In attack, Kovac will be without Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, but it doesn’t make much of a difference anyway — Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry were always going to start if fit. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller will be the two strikers, and hopefully they will put on a performance akin to the one that knocked out Heidenheim.

Werder Bremen are a very strong team this year, and their stout defending almost stole a point at the Allianz Arena. At home, they will be out for blood. Bayern Munich must be on their toes and avoid easy mishaps, otherwise we may see yet another Pokal campaign end in failure.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming: Official Live Stream (YouTube),, Find Your Country

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