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A foul just outside his own box on Eggestein earns the Brazilian a yellow card.
We'll have five minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
LAST CHANCE SALOON
Frankfurt have struggled in this second half as they looked to stop their unbeaten run coming to an end. Not long now, though, before Bremen's dream result is secured.
Rashica comes off for the final minutes being replaced by Mbom. A great performance from the Kosovan.
END TO END
Frankfurt are piling on the pressure at one end, while Bremen are looking dangerous on the counter-attack when they do get the ball back and force their way forward. We could see some drama at the end here...
The two sides come together in the middle and three yellow cards are handed out for Friedl, Möhwald and Younes. All after Silva was brought down by Friedl.
Fresh legs in attack for Bremen as Bittencourt and Füllkrug come on for Schmid and Sargent with just over 10 minutes to play.
BIG CHANCE FOR SILVA!
A fantastic first touch from Silva helps him turn past a defender with his back to goal in the Bremen box. He fires a shot back across goal with his left, but Pavlenka does well to make a great save once again.
KOSTIC HAS A GO!
Space opens up for Kostic to fire a low drive at goal from 25 yards. It forces a good save from Pavlenka, who palms the ball wide of goal.
STILL NOT TICKING
Frankfurt just haven't been able to string passes together in the Bremen half or find space in behind the home side's backline. It's fantastic resistance from the Bremen defence who are keeping their structure well.
GOAL RULED OUT!
Bremen have the ball in the Frankfurt net once again as Sargent is played over the top and he finds Schmid in front of goal which a pass across goal beyond Trapp. The offside flag is raised and a check from VAR confirms the decision, denying Schmid a first Bundesliga goal.
Sargent's shot at the near post is put behind by Trapp, and the ensuing corner is cleared only as far as Rashica. He fires a shot back at goal from 30 yards and Trapp fumbles it on the bounce. He recovers well though to reach the loose ball ahead of two Bremen players who were ready to smash it home.
BREMEN ON THE VERGE OF A BIG RESULT
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No time wasted by Hütter, with Jovic, Barkok and Hrustic all coming on for Frankfurt with 25 minutes to play here.
SARGENT AT BREMEN'S SERVICE!
Bremen have turned this game around and it's Sargent who does the trick with a lovely goal. A tidy pass into the American from Eggestein is controlled well by Sargent before he fires low past Trapp into the far corner and a check from VAR confirms he is just onside.
BREMEN'S DREAM DUO
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MATCHING STRIDE FOR STRIDE
Distance run (km)
KOSTIC GOES CLOSE!
A long, looping ball into the Bremen box is met by Kostic just six yards from goal at the back post. He looks for a volley across goal to Silva rather than shooting for goal himself from a favourable position, but his pass goes wide of goal and beyond Silva.
LOOKING TO START AGAIN
Patience needed for Frankfurt here, who haven't found their flow since taking the lead in the 9th minute. Since then, Bremen have been the better side overall and have been able to stop the Eagles' attack from spreading its wings.
HOME COMFORTS FOR THEO
Each of Gebre Selassie's last seven goals in the Bundesliga have come at home, including both of his strikes this season.
A fantastic start to the second half for the home side and they are level after a check from VAR. It's lovely assist from Rashica, who provides a precision pass through the Frankfurt defence for Gebre Selassie, who beats Kostic to it before sliding the ball home. The goal was inititally ruled out for offside, but it's been given after a check.
Theodor Gebre Selassie
No changes to either side after the break as Bremen get us rolling again in the second half.
Just the one minute of time added on at the end of this first half.
OPEN GAME BEFORE THE BREAK
Bremen knocking the door ever more increasingly with Frankfurt struggling to find their flow once more in attack. Likewise, though, Bremen have done the hard work well in keeping the Eagles' attack at bay, but have yet to construct attacking plays forward consistently enough to properly threaten the Frankfurt goal - besides Rashica hitting the crossbar.
The first card for Frankfurt as Rode fouls Toprak in midfield.
The Bremen left wing-back has both contested and won the most challenges of any player in this game so far.
AGU GETTING STUCK IN
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A late challenge on Sow earns Gebre Selassie the first yellow card of the game.
Theodor Gebre Selassie
OFF THE BAR!
What a run from Rashica and that should really have been rewarded with a goal. He latches onto a long ball over the top and cuts past Hasebe and then Hinteregger with two fine touches before curling a shot at goal with his left. It beats Trapp, but bounces over off the crossbar. What a stunning goal that would've been.
SOW FIRES OVER
A rare chance in the last 10 minutes or so for Frankfurt as the midfielder takes aim from 25 yards in the middle. This one is no worry for Pavlenka.
Frankfurt started this game in total control and took advantage with Silva's opener. But Bremen responded well, especially in the last few minutes, and putting the away side under some pressure of their own.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Lucas Silva Melo32.06km/h
SARGENT RULED OUT
The American has the ball in the Frankfurt net, but Rashica is offside in the build-up as he was played in on goal by Schmid before his shot was saved by Trapp and the rebound fell Sargent's way to tap home.
RASHICA HITS ONE!
A fantastic free-kick from Rashica which he simply cannons at goal from 20 yards out. It's straight at Trapp in the middle of his goal and he's able to make a strong save, palming the ball up and out even if it looked awkward in doing so. The first effort on goal of this game for the home side was a good one.
BREMEN BUILDING SLOWLY
The home side have struggled to break beyond the Frankfurt press so far but are beginning to find joy in the last few minutes. Sargent getting involved, too, winning a free-kick from Hinteregger with Bremen looking to build up pressure.
The Eagles have also had over 60% of the possession midway through this first half.
FRANKFURT IN CONTROL
KOSTIC FIRES WIDE
The Serbian goes for power with a free-kick just 20 yards out from goal, and fires his effort high past Pavlenka.
A throw-in into the Bremen box from the right is met by Silva, who beats Toprak in a battle for the first ball. He then turns past the Bremen defender to close in on goal, but Pavlenka saves well low to his right to deny Silva from close range.
PERFECT SCORE FOR SIVA
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Bremen are trying to bring the tempo of the game down and down with patience on the ball, but Frankfurt are having none of it so far. As soon as a pass is played forward from the back, Frankfurt's frontline is chasing it down magnficently. The away side getting into their groove well.
That's seven goals in his last five league outings for Silva. The last Frankfurt player to score in five straight Bundesliga appearances? Sebastien Haller in 2018.
BACK WITH A BANG!
It's taken just nine minutes for Silva to find the back of the net on his return, and you can guess who has assisted, too. It's a short corner which is played back for Kostic to cross. It's perfection as per usual, and Silva rises high to superbly glance the ball in off the post across goal. No chance for Pavlenka after that fantastic finish!
First ball into the box of the day from Kostic and it won't be his last. This one is hit high over all players in the middle and forces Pavlenka to snatch it out of the air on his own goalline.
Frankfurt have had just a tad more of the early possession here, mainly in their own defence, with Bremen not able to keep the ball going forward as they look to pressure the away side's backline. Frankfurt, meanwhile, are looking to make the pitch as wide as possible.
Durm swings in a cross from the right and it's almost met by Silva in the middle, but bounces through, instead, to Kostic at the back post. He doesn't hit the loose ball as well as he'd like to and the Bremen defence are able to clear.
HERE WE GO!
The weekend is underway in the Bundesliga as Frankfurt get the ball rolling in Bremen.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Bremen badly need a victory as they look to stay clear of a late-season relegation battle, while victory tonight would take Frankfurt into third overnight ahead of Wolfsburg as the Eagles dream of the Champions League.
SILVA BACK WITH A BANG?
Silva has scored in all three of his Bundesliga meetings with Bremen to date. His 18 goals after 22 matchdays this season is a new club record for Eintracht. Having missed his side's 2-1 triumph over Bayern last weekend, the Portuguese forward is back in to start tonight.
CAN SARGENT TURN THE TIDE?
Although he's only scored two league goals, Sargent has won more aerial challenges than any of his teammates in the current Bundesliga campaign (50). The USMNT forward leads the Bremen attack tonight.
FRANKFURT'S FABULOUS FORM
Frankfurt have scored at least twice in their last 11 Bundesliga matches in a row. Twelve would be a new club record. Two defeats across their first 22 matches of a Bundesliga season is a Frankfurt best-mark.
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BREMEN TEAM NEWS
Füllkrug returned from injury as a substitute against Hoffenheim and is likely to start on the bench again on Friday. Serbian defender Veljkovic went off at half-time last week, but should be fit, while left wing-back Augustinsson misses out with a thigh complaint once more.
FRANKFURT TEAM NEWS
Silva is back having missed the Bayern game with back trouble, midfielder Sow should start following a mandatory one-match ban, with Hasebe set to revert to defence in place of the suspended N'Dicka.
BREMEN STARTING XI!
Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Toprak, Friedl - Gebre Selassie (c), Eggestein, Möhwald, Agu - Schmid, Rashica - Sargent
Dos Santos, Moisander, Groß, Bittencourt, Mbom, Osako, Selke, Füllkrug, Dinkci
FRANKFURT STARTING XI!
Trapp - Tuta, Hasebe (c), Hinteregger - Durm, Sow, Rode, Kostic - Kamada, Younes - Silva
Schubert, Toure, Ilsanker, Hrustic, Zuber, Chandler, Barkok, Jovic, Ache
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