A sensational last-gasp goal from Mainz midfielder Fabian Frei denied Werder Bremen maximum returns and ensured the 05ers stayed out of the Bundesliga relegation zone at the expense of their distraught hosts who remain in the bottom three .
Goals: 1-0 Bargfrede (2'), 2-0 Belfodil (17'), 2-1 Quaison (70'), Frei (90+3)
Seeking a third home Bundesliga win in a row, Werder hit the front early on when Philipp Bargfrede picked up possession in midfield, ran unchallenged towards goal and unleashed a shot from distance that flew in for what was the 28-year-old’s first goal of the campaign. Mainz were unbeaten in four previous visits to Bremen and they went close to equalising soon afterward, Levin Öztunali smashing an effort against the crossbar. The action continued unabated and soon after Florian Kainz saw his strike superbly saved by Mainz ‘keeper Robin Zentner, Ishak Belfodil looped in a header for 2-0.
Enduring their worst Bundesliga run since gaining promotion back in 2009, Sandro Schwarz’s side picked up the pace after the restart and, after dominating possession for large parts, found a reward via Quaison’s determined finish from Emil Berggreen’s assist. Werder’s determination to avoid their own worst-ever first-half to a Bundesliga held firm until the dying seconds, when Frei found space inside the hosts' area and provided the finish to send the visiting fans into ecstasy.