Fin Bartels squandered the home team's first chance of the game halfway through the first half with an air-shot as the goal was gaping. At the other end, Florian Niederlechner almost diverted Janik Haberer's shot in, but Jiri Pavlenka managed to tip the looping ball over at full stretch. Pavlenka did well again to turn Mike Frantz's shot wide as Freiburg pressed and probed.
Philipp Lienhart struck the outside of the post, prompting the game to open up a little more after the hour mark had been passed, and this also saw more forward movement from Bremen. Ludwig Augustinsson skied a good opportunity for the hosts, but lack of precision persisted at both ends, and as a result, both sides were left still waiting for their first wins of the season.
Man of the match
Mike Frantz had arguably Freiburg's best chance of the game, but he shone more for his fluid passing in the centre of the midfield, helping the guests regularly turn defence into attack – even if a goal was ultimately lacking.
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka, Bauer, Veljkovic, Moisander – Gebre Selassie, Kainz (78' Hajrovic), Bargfrede (67' Eggestein), Delaney (c), Augustinsson – Bartels, Belfodil
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Freiburg: Schwolow - Lienhart, Schuster, Söyüncü - Stenzel, Günter – Frantz (c), Höfler – Haberer (82' Kath), Terrazzino (63' Kent) – Niederlechner (70' Petersen)
Coach: Christian Streich
- These two — as well as bottom side Cologne — remain the only Bundesliga teams yet to register a win in 2017/18.
- Bremen have now picked up only three points from their last nine league games; Freiburg are winless in eight.
- Streich is now unbeaten in five trips to Bremen as Freiburg boss, winning twice.
- Ex-Bremen forward Petersen has never lost when facing his former club at the Weser Stadium.