- Frankfurt's Barkok nets stunning winner on debut.
- Bremen led through Florian Grillitsch.
- Meier steps off the bench to equalise.
There was little to separate the two sides in a keenly contested opening, but the game exploded into life just before the half-hour mark when Bremen defender Milos Veljkovic threw himself in front of Marco Fabian's goal-bound drive. Half chances fell to Bremen duo Serge Gnabry and Max Kruse, before Florian Grillitsch expertly controlled Niklas Moisander's raking long ball and lashed into the net to give the Green-Whites a narrow half-time lead.
Niko Kovac's response was to throw on Alexander Meier at the expense of Szabolcs Huszti in a half-time change that bore fruit almost immediately. Meier levelled in clinical fashion with only his second touch of the ball in the 52nd minute, and might have added to his tally soon after were it not for two fine saves from Felix Wiedwald. Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky reacted brilliantly to thwart the returning Claudio Pizarro 15 minutes from time, and it was a miss that proved costly as 18-year-old substitute Barkok curled home a stunning winner at the death.
Man of the Match
Meier showed exactly why he is Frankfurt's footballing deity. The 33-year-old's divine intervention wrestled back the initiative for the Eagles and extends their unbeaten run to five matches.
Without a win in four, Bremen have just seven points to show for their first 11 matches of the season. The Green-Whites had 11 points on the board at the same juncture when they suffered their only ever relegation from the Bundesliga back in 1979/80.
- Pizarro made his first Bundesliga appearance since the 1-0 win over Frankfurt on the final day of 2015/16.
- Grillitsch is Bremen's tenth different goalscorer of the season: a joint-Bundesliga high with FC Bayern München.
- Meier scored his fourth goal of the season, but first away from home.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, S. Garcia – Fritz (c), Grillitsch (Bargfrede 72’) - Gnabry (Bartels 77’), Kruse, Junuzovic - Pizarro (Thy 83’)
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo - Chandler, Oczipka - Huszti (Meier 46’), Mascarell – Fabian, Gacinovic (Barkok 75’) - Hrgota (Rebic 83’)
Coach: Niko Kovac