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BIALEK SEALS THE WIN!
With his first ever Bundesliga goal, Bialek seals the win. Wolfsburg counter and it's Victor in the Bremen penalty area who is unselfish and finds Bialek in space across the box to slot the ball into the empty net.
GOAL!5 : 3
THIS GAME IS WIDE OPEN
Bremen are going all-out for an equaliser, and Wolfsburg are pushing on the counter-attack. This is going to be a nail-biter right down to the wire.
We'll have five minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
FORCES A SAVE
Augustinsson goes for power rather than placement from close range, but Casteels is equal to it.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Maxence Lacroix 34.55km/h
Jerome Roussillon 32.93km/h
Josip Brekalo 32.82km/h
WOLTEMADE BROUGHT DOWN
The substitute shows lovely footwork to dribble into the box and earn a free-kick just on the edge of Wolfsburg's penalty area. One more late chance?
THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS!
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ONE LAST PUSH
Two strikers come on in Woltemade and Selke for Bremen, replacing Osako and Groß to give Bremen one last push at the end of this game. They would be deserving of a draw should they get it.
GOAL RULED OUT!
Bialek thinks he has his first ever Bundesliga goal after Weghorst finds him in front of goal to tap home, but referee Christian Dingert calls the play back for a foul in the build-up.
ARNOLD IN THE BOOK
A caution for the Wolfsburg midfielder after he pushed out against Groß.
Otavio is on to replace Roussillon at left-back while Bialek will join Weghorst up front having come on for Mehmedi.
MÖHWALD SENT OFF
The substitute is shown his second yellow card here. The scorer of Bremen's second misplaces a pass and brings down Philipp as he looked to counter.
Second yellow card
THE KISS OF WOUT
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WOUT AT THE DOUBLE!
Wolfsburg have the lead once again and it's a brace for Weghorst. A fantastic ball from Schlager into the channel finds Roussillon down the left and he swings in a first-time cross. It's deep to the back post and Weghorst meets it with a fabulous header, kissing the underside of the bar to beat Pavlenka and make it six goals in six games for the Dutchman.
GOAL!4 : 3
A foul from the Frenchman on Chong down the left wing and he's cautioned.
CAN WE FIND A WINNER?
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Chong and Agu come on for Rashica and Bittencourt to bring some new energy to the away side's attack. They will be looking to sneak something on the counter-attack here.
CHANCE GOES BEGGING
Roussillon goes down on the ball and Bittencourt takes it from him. He crosses into the box to Rashica who heads down into the box, but Osako just can't get his shot away. Roussillon remains down here holding the back of his right foot.
FIRST CHANGE FOR WOLFSBURG
Maximilian Philipp is on for Renato Steffen to bring some fresh legs to the Wolfsburg attack.
BITTENCOURT DRAWS A SAVE!
Bremen firing some warning signs to Wolfsburg here. Bittencourt is found superbly by Eggestein into the Wolfsburg penalty area but his shot is straight at Casteels, who parries the ball away. Great battling from this Bremen side so far.
WOLFSBURG LOOKING TO DOMINATE
RASHICA HAS A GO!
A fantastic break from Bremen as Rashica is found on the left. He cuts inside - as he so often does - onto his right foot and fires a scary-looking shot at goal. This one is marginally wide at the near post.
MÖHWALD HAS TO BE CAREFUL
Another foul from Möhwald, this time on Arnold, and the first-half substitute has to be careful here now.
The substitute and scorer is cautioned after bringing down Brekalo on the break.
ARNOLD NOT FAR AWAY
This time it's Arnold who is found by Schlager in some space on the edge of the Bremen box. One touch and a powerful strike across goal, but the Wolfsburg stalwart drags his strike wide of the mark this time.
BREKALO FROM RANGE
The Wolves building some pressure and Brekalo decides to go for goal from range. It bounces into Pavlenka's hands and incredibly, that's his first save of the game.
ONE OF THOSE GAMES
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A check of a possible offside against Rashica goes Bremen's way and we are indeed level again just three minutes into the second half.
This goal is being checked over by the video assistants.
BREMEN LEVEL AGAIN!
The madness continues here in Wolfsburg just three minutes in the second half. Osako sends Rashica in down the left and he reaches the Wolfsburg penalty area before cutting the ball back. It's hard and low and Brooks attempts to pass it behind, but instead finds the back of his own net.
John Anthony Brooks
OWN GOAL!3 : 3
The second half is off and running here in Wolfsburg, can it possibly be as entertaining as the first!?
Just the one minute of time added on at the end of this first half.
IF YOU SHOOT ON TARGET, YOU SCORE!
2 off target
3 on target
0 off target
2 on target
WEGHORST ON FIRE
That's now five goals in his last six games for the Dutchman.
WHAT. A. FIRST. HALF.
We've still got six minutes left plus added time in this first half but we've already been treated to five goals in what has been an absolute thriller. And the way this game is going, it doesn't look like Weghorst's strike will be the last goal we see this evening.
WOLFSBURG BACK IN FRONT!
Well, that drought of goals did not last long. A matter of seconds after the restart and Wolfsburg power forward. Brekalo plays the ball into the box and Mehmedi's touch on the turn lets the ball run loose for Weghorst to strike at goal, and it beats Pavlenka to put Wolfsburg ahead again.
GOAL!3 : 2
OFF THE BENCH TO LEVEL THE SCORES!
What an impact off the bench from Kevin Möhwald with an absolutely incredible header. A corner from Augustinsson to the near post is met by Möhwald, who leaps high five yards in front of the near post and flicks it up and over Casteels and into the far bottom corner. One of the best headers you are likely to see!
GOAL!2 : 2
SCRAPPY GAME NOW
Since Brooks goal it's been a difficult game for either side to control. Bremen are trying to have another extended spell of possession. Wolfsburg are happy to sit-on and remain compact.
THAT BAKU BOUNCE
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Mbom - already booked - is brought off in the first half for the man he replaced in the starting line-up, Möhwald.
THREE SHOTS ON TARGET; THREE GOALS
2 off target
2 on target
0 off target
1 on target
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Jerome Roussillon 31.95km/h
Wout Weghorst 30.71km/h
Renato Steffen 30.65km/h
CHANGE OF POSITIONS
Mbom is now back into central midfield, with Groß into defence and Gebre Selassie out on the right. It had been a difficult start to the night for Mbom out on the right flank.
BROOKS BACK AMONG THE GOALS
After 33 games without scoring, USMNT centre-back John Brooks is back among the goals for the first time since April 2019.
BROOKS HEADS HOME!
And in the space of three minutes, Wolfsburg have turned this game around. Fantastic work from Brekalo who controls a cleared corner in the Bremen box. He turns onto his left to clip the ball into the box and it's Brooks who meets it fantastically with a powerful header which bounced beyond Pavlenka. No 1-1 draw for Bremen!
John Anthony Brooks
GOAL!2 : 1
He brings down Mehmedi and gets the first caution of the game and his fifth of the season, which will see him suspended for next week against Stuttgart. He's being made to work against Roussillon down that wing.
BANG BANG BAKU!
What a hit from the recently capped Germany international. He is on the end of Lacroix's pass forward and has space in between the midfield and defence. Touching the ball onto his left foot and moving past Eggestein, Baku then smashes the ball back across goal with his left foot to beat Pavlenka. His second goal already for Wolfsburg in his seventh game!
GOAL!1 : 1
HARD-FOUGHT GAME SO FAR
The visitors are sitting back, soaking up the Wolfsburg pressure and then breaking on the counter as often as they can. And with the scoring opened, this game is beginning to open up even more early on. A good sign of what's to come.
BITTENCOURT BITING THE WOLVES AGAIN
The scorer of Bremen's opener tonight has now hit four goals against Wolfsburg in his career. He's only scored more against Freiburg (7).
AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY!
It had been all Wolfsburg so far, but Bremen strike at the other end. Osako does superbly to battle against Lacroix and win the ball from him in the right corner. He races down the touchline before playing the ball across goal for Bittencourt to smash home. The first shot on goal for either side tonight and we already have a goal!
GOAL!0 : 1
FINDING THEIR WAY
It's Wolfsburg still probing here, with the ball staying almost exclusively in the Bremen half. The home side working the ball wide to then cross for Weghorst in the middle but no real joy so far.
SLIGHT LINE-UP DIFFERENCE
We had Mbom in central midfield with Gebre Selassie out on the right in our predicted line-ups before the game. However, it's Mbom on the right of midfield with Gebre Selassie on the right of the back three, with Groß in central midfield. Twenty-year-old Mbom proving his versatility once again.
The home side taking control of the opening minutes here in terms of possession - mostly in their own defence. Brekalo, Mehmedi and Steffen rotating plenty already in search of space ahead of the Bremen defence.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling with Wolfsburg in all-green and Bremen in all-black.
As will be the case before all Bundesliga fixtures this weekend, we will have a minute's silence in Wolfsburg to remember the great Diego Maradona who sadly passed away this week at the age of 60.
KICK-OFF COMING UP!
We're just minutes away now from kick-off in Wolfsburg to get the weekend's action underway. An eight-match unbeaten run against a seven-match unbeaten run. Something's got to give...
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RASHICA TO HAUNT THE WOLVES AGAIN?
Bremen may be without Josh Sargent, but in Milot Rashica they have a man who loves to face Wolfsburg. Rashica has two goals from two games against Wolfsburg, scoring a brace in this fixture last season.
WOUT THE MAIN MAN FOR WOLFSBURG
The Wolves have scored eight of their nine league goals before half-time. With four goals and an assist, Weghorst has been directly involved in 55 percent of them. The Dutchman has scored four in his last five and will be making his 75th Bundesliga appearance tonight.
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WOLFSBURG TEAM NEWS
For the first time this season, Oliver Glasner has selected an unchanged starting line-up following his side's 2-0 victory at Schalke last weekend.
BREMEN TEAM NEWS
Two changes to Florian Kohfeldt's side tonight with Osako coming in for Sargent and Jean-Manuel Mbom replacing Kevin Möhwald in midfield. This will be Osako's first start since the opening weekend of the season over two months ago.
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NO SARGENT FOR BREMEN
Having missed just 14 minutes of action across all competitions before tonight, Bremen will be without USMNT striker Josh Sargent for the first time. The American injured his ankle earlier today during a light training session and will not be risked.
WOLFSBURG STARTING XI!
Casteels (c) - Baku, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon - Schlager, Arnold - Steffen, Mehmedi, Brekalo - Weghorst
Pervan, Otavio, Mbabu, Siersleben, Klaus, Gerhardt, Victor, Philipp, Bialek
BREMEN STARTING XI!
Pavlenka - Groß, Toprak, Friedl - Gebre Selassie (c), Eggestein, Mbom, Augustinsson - Bittencourt, Rashica - Osako
Kapino, Agu, Moisander, Möhwald, Schmid, Chong, Erras, Selke, Woltemade
LINE-UPS COMING UP
Stick with us as we'll have the official line-ups from both sides for you in the next 15 minutes or so. We're expecting to see USMNT teammates John Brooks and Josh Sargent come up directly against each other this evening.
WHO WILL REMAIN UNBEATEN?
If Wolfsburg win or draw, they will equal the club-record run of nine straight Bundesliga games without defeat set under head coach Oliver Glasner last season. Bremen, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last seven games, and have drawn each of their last five 1-1.
HERE COMES MATCHDAY NINE!
We're in Wolfsburg this evening to kick-start the Bundesliga weekend, with Werder Bremen in town. Both sides have made superb starts to the season and are enjoying unbeaten runs which could come to an end for one side tonight.
Here you will find the most important information on the game between VfL Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 9 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.