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FINAL
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0:24
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WATCH: FÜLLKRUG ON HIS WINNING GOAL

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BREMEN HOLD ON!

Füllkrug's goal not only takes him to nine for the season, making him the league's outright leading scorer this term, it also lifts Bremen up to sixth overnight thanks to just their second home win of the campaign. The match looked like ending in a draw for long periods and Hertha probably deserved a share of the spoils, but Werder won't care; they're back to winning ways following back-to-back defeats.
Full-time
90'
+ 2

Substitution

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Oliver Burke
Oliver Burke
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Marvin Ducksch
Marvin Ducksch
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Marc-Oliver Kempf
Marc-Oliver Kempf 32.78km/h
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Mitchell-Elijah Weiser
Mitchell-Elijah Weiser 32.21km/h
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Wilfried Kanga Aka
Wilfried Kanga Aka 31.43km/h
88'

BET THE HOUSE ON FÜLLKRUG

The Werder forward has now put his side 1-0 up four times this season - a league-high, just like his three headed goals and five strikes in the closing quarter of an hour.
87'

TOUSART REPLIES

The Frenchman slices a dipping shot with the outside of his right boot from near the right-hand corner of the Bremen box. It's well struck but whistles just wide of the far post.
85'

THE BREAKTHROUGH!

The stadium erupts as Jung floats a cross from the left into the box, finding Füllkrug, 16 yards out. He climbs above his marker to expertly guide a header into the top corner!
85'

Niclas Füllkrug

GOAL!

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Niclas Füllkrug
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
3 %
84'

Substitution

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Derry Scherhant
Derry Scherhant
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Dodi Lukébakio
Dodi Lukébakio
83'

Substitution

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Felix Agu
Felix Agu
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Mitchell Weiser
Mitchell Weiser
83'

Substitution

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Jens Stage
Jens Stage
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Ilia Gruev
Ilia Gruev
82'

WEISER SURELY?!?!

Schmid plays a low cross from the right into the box, where Weiser is arriving. He's eight yards out and has a clear sight of goal, but scuffs his shot straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
82'

BREMEN TIME APPROACHING

The hosts have scored more goals (nine) than any other team in the closing 15 minutes of their matches in the Bundesliga this season. All of those have come after the 82nd minute.
79'

EJUKE HAS A GO

The substitute curls an effort at goal from 16 yards but it's straight at Pavlenka.
76'

NO CUTTING EDGE

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
Neither side has been at their most fluent going forward today, which is reflected in the stats.
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0
0.74
0.29
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72'

TRIPLE CHANGE

Hertha boss Sandro Schwarz has seen enough and throws on three new players for the final 20 minutes or so in a bid to reinvigorate his attacking department.
72'

Substitution

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Chidera Ejuke
Chidera Ejuke
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Marco Richter
Marco Richter
72'

Substitution

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Ivan Sunjic
Ivan Sunjic
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Suat Serdar
Suat Serdar
72'

Substitution

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Davie Selke
Davie Selke
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Wilfried Kanga
Wilfried Kanga
70'

PROMISE OF GOALS

Neither of these sides have been involved in a 0-0 draw so far this season so there's plenty of scope for goals yet.
67'

OUT OF BOUNDS

Plattenhardt floats in a free-kick from the left after Weiser's foul on Richter, but it's too high for anyone to reach and the ball bobbles harmlessly out of play.
64'

Substitution

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Christian Groß
Christian Groß
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Leonardo Bittencourt
Leonardo Bittencourt
64'

GOALKEEPERS UNDERWORKED

Only one of the 15 shots taken so far in this game has been on target.
Goal attempts
8 off target
1 on target
6 off target
0 on target
60'

WAYWARD FROM DUCKSCH

Weiser is fouled by Serdar, who receives a yellow card for his efforts. Bremen have a free-kick about 25 yards out, right of centre, but Ducksch's strike doesn't have enough dip, and balloons well over the bar.
60'

Yellow card

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Niklas Stark
Niklas Stark
58'

Yellow card

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Suat Serdar
Suat Serdar
57'

LUKEBAKIO PROBING

Kenny wins possession in midfield and plays the ball to Lukebakio, who instantly drives forward. He gets to the edge of the Bremen box and shoots low, but drags the ball narrowly wide of the post.
55'

Yellow card

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Mitchell Weiser
Mitchell Weiser
54'

SERDAR ON THE VOLLEY

Pieper can only head a Hertha corner out to the edge of his own box, where Serdar is lurking. The midfielder catches the ball first time on the half-volley, but although he strikes it well his effort flies wide of the target.
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CLOSE CALL

Rogel just getting his toe to this cross ahead of Füllkrug remains the closest either side have come to breaking the deadlock.
49'

KANGA FIRES OVER

Boetius shows a great run of pace to nick the ball ahead of his opponent and drive forward. He gets to the edge of the Bremen box and flicks it to his right to Kanga, but the first's first-time strike with his left foot is always rising and is no trouble for Pavlenka.
46'

UP AND RUNNING AGAIN

Bremen restart proceedings at the wohninvest WESERSTADION.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

GOALLESS AT THE BREAK

A reflection of the game so far: tight, keenly contested and great entertainment.
Half-time
44'

BERLIN WALL

Lukebakio uses his left arm to block off Bittencourt on the edge of the Hertha penalty area. The resultant free-kick is in Ducksch territory - just left of centre - but the wall does its job.
44'

Yellow card

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Dodi Lukébakio
Dodi Lukébakio
39'

Win Probability

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Win Probability
This Match Fact documents significant changes in the probability of victory for both teams during the course of the match. The value is based on actual match play and incorporates existing Match Facts such as Expected Goals, Skill and Set-Piece Dange
Werder's chances of taking three points have dipped since kick-off, despite those earlier chances for Ducksch and Füllkrug. That could be their alarming home form coming into play.
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41.7 %
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36.4 %
33'

JOVETIC INJURED

The Hertha striker can't continue. Boetius, who had a malignant testicular tumor removed in September, is his replacement.
32'

Substitution

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Jean-Paul Boëtius
Jean-Paul Boëtius
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Stevan Jovetić
Stevan Jovetić
31'

FÜLLKRUG!

There's not much on for Füllkrug as he takes possession in the box. The uncapped German aims for the top corner on his weaker left foot, forcing an overhand save from Christensen. It's not the most convincing bit of goalkeeping - Bittencourt is just inches from heading in the rebound.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Marc-Oliver Kempf
Marc-Oliver Kempf 32.78km/h
2.
Wilfried Kanga Aka
Wilfried Kanga Aka 31.43km/h
3.
Mitchell-Elijah Weiser
Mitchell-Elijah Weiser 31.26km/h
29'

SAFE HANDS

Weiser asks the question with a raking cross from deep, but Christensen goes up for it and makes the catch.
29'

STILL NO CLEAR-CUT CHANCES

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
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0
0.43
0.19
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26'

CHANCE!

Schmid wins back possession and turns defence into attack with a quick ball up to Füllkrug. Ducksch runs off him to his right, collecting the pass and shooting over from a tight angle. Had to aim low!
24'

POWER OF THE PUNCH

Lukebakio bends a free-kick to the back post. It's kept alive and hooked back into the danger zone, prompting Pavlenka to come off his line and punch clear.
21'

BREMEN RESPOND

Bittencourt leads the charge as Bremen break forward but his attempted pass into the patch of Ducksch - who would be clear through on goal - gets tangled up in a defender's legs and bobbles out of play.
19'

LUKEBAKIO FIRES OVER

The Hertha forward sprints forward and just beats Jung to the ball. He shifts it on to his left foot and shoots from the edge of the box, but it's well over.
17'

Yellow card

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Wilfried Kanga
Wilfried Kanga
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NOTHING IN IT

There's very little room to manoeuvre right now for either side, so intense is the midfield pressing.
13'

MIDFIELD BATTLE

Just a smattering of chances to speak of so far, with the majority of the action concentrated in the middle of the pitch.
Goal attempts
2 off target
0 on target
1 off target
0 on target
10'

PROMISING POSITION

The away side win a free-kick about 40 yards out, right of centre. Plattenhardt lines up the delivery, but it's a poor one into the box and is cleared by the first defender.
6'

WHAT A CLEARANCE FROM ROGEL!

Bremen break forward with purpose for the first time this game and Schmid lofts a ball from the right towards the back post, looking for Füllkrug. It appears to be an easy tap-in for the forward, but Rogel pokes it clear with his toe just in time!
3'

FIRST OPENING FOR HERTHA

Jovetic darts into the channel on the right-hand side and drills a low ball across the face of goal. It arrives with Richter at the back post, but his drive can only tickle the side netting.
1'

HERE WE GO!

Hertha get the ball rolling on Matchday 12!
Kick-off!

FORM

Hertha may be in 13th place, just three points above the drop zone, but they have improved of late after a slow start to the season. Of their last seven Bundesliga outings, the Old Lady have lost just once, drawing four and winning two, including last week's 2-1 triumph at home to Schalke. Bremen, by contrast, appear to be moving in the opposite direction, having begun the campaign brightly before slipping off the pace this month: Werder started October with league wins over Gladbach and Hoffenheim, but have since lost to Mainz, Paderborn (in the DFB Cup second round) and Freiburg. As such, they're now just four points ahead of today's visitors.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Bremen hold the upper hand historically in this fixture, winning 49 percent of the time (37 of 76 Bundesliga encounters). Hertha have won 20 times, with 19 draws. The scale tips even further in Bremen's favour at home, with 26 victories from 38 (68 percent) wins to Hertha's five.
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WATCH: PITCH INSPECTIONS UNDER WAY

TEAM NEWS - BREMEN

Bremen head honcho Ole Werner has brought in three new faces following his side's defeat in Freiburg last week. Captain Marco Friedli is suspended so Niklas Stark comes into the three-man backline. Lee Buchanan makes way for Milos Veljkovic, with Anthony Jung returning to left wing-back, while Leo Bittencourt comes into the midfield for Christian Groß, who is on the bench for the first time this season.

TEAM NEWS - HERTHA

There's only one change in the visitors' team following last week's win over Schalke, with Marco Richter starting in attack ahead of Chidera Ejuke, who drops to the bench.
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WATCH: A PEEK INSIDE BREMEN'S DRESSING ROOM

BREMEN STARTING XI

Pavlenka – Stark, Veljkovic, Pieper - Weiser, Schmid, Bittencourt, Gruev, Jung - Füllkrug (c), Ducksch

BREMEN SUBS

Zetterer, Buchanan, Agu, Groß, Chiarodia, Schmidt, Stage, Burke, Dinkci

HERTHA STARTING XI

Christensen - Kenny, Rogel, Kempf, Plattenhardt (c) - Tousart, Serdar - Lukebakio, Jovetic, Richter - Kanga

HERTHA SUBS

Ernst, Mittelstädt, Pekarik, Uremovic, Boetius, Sunjic, Scherhant, Ejuke, Selke

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

Werder Bremen's Weser Stadion is the setting for Bundesliga Matchday 12's opening fixture. Promoted Bremen have lost three competitive games in a row, but are four points better off Hertha, who have lost one of their last seven. Who'll blink first?
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WATCH: GET READY FOR BREMEN VS. HERTHA!