WATCH: FÜLLKRUG ON HAVING HIS DAUGHTER AS A BREMEN MASCOT
GAME OVER !
Werder hold on for a big win that takes the River Islanders up to seventh in the standings. Their super two-some of Füllkrug and Ducksch bag the goals and the Weser Stadium erupts into celebration. Schalke can take plenty of positives, especially from their first half showing, but Thomas Reis's men remain bottom of the pile.
The corner comes to nothing for Schalke, but it does mean Werder can break and Schwolow is in a sprint to make it back to his goal. The ball comes to Ducksch whose shot takes a nick before flying over.
We're two minutes into the four and Schalke have a corner ...
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Romano Schmid 34.36km/h
Tom Krauß 33.50km/h
Ilia Gruev 33.38km/h
Well now. Hold your horses. Drexler sweeps home Polter's headed pass and Schalke are in with a shout.
GOAL!2 : 1
DUCKSCH HITS PB
Ducksch is now on three goals for the season. Before 2022/23, he only previously managed two goals in his Bundesliga career.
YELLOWS FOR BOTH
Handbags in midfield and the ref sorts things out by booking Pieper and Karaman.
Werder are threatening to destroy Schalke here. Ducksch has a couple of efforts, the first one blocked at close range by Schwolow and the second, from further out, parried two-handed by the Schalke custodian.
DUCKSCH AND OUT
Weiser sends in another super assist from the right but this is all about Ducksch's finish. The Werder forward has plenty of work to do as he bears down on goals He opts to lift a cheeky finish out of Schwolow's reach and the ball bounces over the line. Cue pandemonium inside the Weser Stadium. That's sure game, set and match.
GOAL!2 : 0
A goalmouth scramble in the Werder box caused by Caraman's cross. Larsson and Terodde hack at the ball and then some hands go up by way of a penalty appeal. Noting doing, says the ref.
Double swap for Bremen, one of which sees Ilia Gruev limp off injured.
PAVLENKA ON POINT
Kral surprises everyone by zapping a shot from distance at the target. Pavlenka gets across to crawl that one out two-handed. Seen from behind the goal, that's an even better save.
Marius Bülter limps out of the game and is looking pretty miserable as he leaves the field. Jordan Larsson is on.
TOP PAVLENKA SAVE
Terodde watches Kral's flighted through pass all the way and connects with a superb scissor-kick. Pavlenka makes a double handed stop that has the fans on their feet. Terodde was offside in the build up so that wouldn't have counted.
Füllkrug wallops a shot from distance over the top. Schwolow had that covered. The Werder striker is coming off. He's been carrying a knock for some time.
Kral's running at Veljkovic and the defender hits the deck. The ball comes off the Werder man's hand and we'll have a free kick for Schalke. Mohr slams the set piece straight into the wall and hammers the rebound harmlessly off target.
Decision No penalty
AWAY WE GO AGAIN
Schalke start the second half. There's drama to come at the Weser Stadium, we can almost be certain of that.
That's the end of a super first half. Werder lead through yet another Füllkrug goal while Schalke have had one chalked off for offside and also hit a post. Plenty more to come in this game.
From right of goal, Ducksch angles an effort inches wide of the far post. That one rolled agonisingly off target.
Terodde is booked for a foul on Schmid. The Schalke man is not happy about that at all and tries to lift his counterpart off the floor while moaning to the ref.
TERODDE OFF THE POST
The Schalke striker hangs in the air for an age as a looping pass makes its way towards him. An arcing header towards the far post has Pavlenka beaten, but not the woodwork. That's desperately unlucky for Die Knappen.
BREMEN COME AGAIN
Füllkrug this time lays one up for Pieper, who shoots over. How this game has changed in the last four minutes. Schalke must be gutted not to have taken one of their earlier chances.
WERDER IN FRONT
There's the opener. Immense work from Weiser down the right. He gets into the area and lays off a lovely back-heeled pass and with Füllkrug barrelling up to this, there's no way the Bremen frontman is doing anything other than bursting the net, which he does.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Romano Schmid 34.36km/h
Tom Krauß 32.77km/h
Henning Matriciani 32.26km/h
GOAL!1 : 0
2 off target
1 on target
5 off target
1 on target
Werder have a free kick from way downtown. Ducksch is going to have a go regardless. The Werder No.7 smacks one over the crossbar.
FÜLLKRUG HAS A POP
Füllkrug has had his first shot on goal in the 22nd minute. It was blocked.
TERODDE GETTING CLOSER
Terodde's looping header flashes wide of the far post. There's really only been one team in this game so far.
Schalke's goal celebrations are short lived after Kral's shot - which takes a huge deflection - nestles in the back of the net. There was an offside in there and Werder survive.
Decision No goal
Schmid goes down in a heap following Tom Krauß's leg sweep. The Werder man is soon back on his feet, albeit limping as he goes.
The Royal Blues are on the front foot once again. Karaman prods a pass out to Terodde whose centre from the right lands in Pevlenka's grateful arms.
Super start from Reis's men who are taking the game to the River-Islanders. Bülter's effort takes a deflection before dropping wide of the upright. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.
Terodde spots a bit of space to run into and thrashes a wild shot well wide of the target. The Schalke forward has had his warm up.
Pevlenka is called into action almost straight away, the Werder goalkeeper making a solid save with his outstretched foot from Bülter's crack from the left.
The hosts get us underway ...
Handshakes time at the Weser Stadium. The floodlights are beaming down on a sea of Green and a touch of Royal Blue and we're ready to get this game on ...
"WE HAVE TO PLAY UGLY"
Recently appointed Schalke coach Thomas Reis insisted his basement boys were keen to reverse their Bundesliga fortunes, beginning with today's test in Bremen. "The important thing is that the boys are ready and want to win the from the very first challenge," the tactician said. "We have to play ugly over the course of the 90 minutes so that the opponents say that it’s not easy to play against Schalke."
OLE WERNER SPEAKS
WERDER TEAM NEWS
Werder, captain Marco Friedl is back in the side having served a suspension the team while Anthony Jung, who had been carrying a knock, has to settle for a place among the subs for the first time this season. Marco Friedl is set to deputise for Jung on the left.
SCHALKE TEAM NEWS
Heekeren, Kolodziejczak, Latza, Flick, Aydin, Drexler, Sane, Larsson, Polter
SCHALKE STARTING XI
Schwolow - Brunner, Matriciani, Yoshida, Mohr - Kral, Krauß - Karaman, Mollet, Bülter - Terodde (c)
Zetterer, Jung, Groß, Chiarodia, Stage, Burke, Schmidt, Rapp, Dinkci
BREMEN STARTING XI
Pavlenka - Pieper, Veljkovic, Stark - Weiser, Schmid, Gruev, Bittencourt, Friedl (c) - Füllkrug, Ducksch