Full time: Bremen 1-2 Hoffenheim!
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The whistle sounds for a penalty as Kabak handles in the box, but there's an offside against Weiser in the build-up. What a let-off for Hoffenheim!
Off the post!
Agonisingly close to a Bremen leveller. Dinkci works his magic and cuts the ball back for Philipp, who strikes the foot of Baumann's right-hand post!
Time added on
Into the first of four additional minutes at the Weser-Stadion. Will Bremen find an equaliser?
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Bittencourt and Geiger are shown yellow cards after coming to blows in midfield. Meanwhile, 21-year-old striker Eren Dinkci has been thrown on in a bid to rescue Bremen a point...
A whisker away!
The Bremen fans are on their feet as Maxi Philipp arrows goalwards from 18 yards, but his shot whistles past the upright. Baumann was beaten!
Two shots on target, two goals
The sub is substituted off. He picked up a knock a moment ago - Matarazzo is taking no chances with late-show kings Bremen in the ascendancy.
Weiser swings in a free-kick from the left. Pieper meets it, glancing a header out of Baumann's reach and into the bottom corner. Instant impact by the Werder sub, who'd only been on the pitch for 33 seconds!
Hoffenheim play through the Bremen ranks twice in quick succession. Asllani is on the end of both chances, but so too are a pair of last-gasp blocks.
... having lost their first six under Matarazzo at that.
Hoffenheim on course for a second straight win...
Matarazzo turns to 20-year-old Asllani - a forward - and ex-Bremen midfielder Delaney for the final 20 minutes or so.
Weiser with a great switch of play over to the left. It's knocked down to Ducksch, who leaves it for Füllkrug. He takes it in his stride, only for Geiger to toe the ball away as the Bremen talisman was about to pull the trigger.
Positive changes from Werner - his team need a spark. Can Bittencourt and Stage provide it?
Hoffenheim in clinical mood
Hoffenheim make it two!
Werder haven't learned their lesson. They don't get anywhere near tight enough to the Hoffenheim shirts in and around their area as Kaderabek clips in a cross from the right. It evades Bebou but not Baumgartner, who steals in ahead of Weiser to head in a near carbon-copy second goal.
He's barely had a sniff, but Kramaric is the man to give Hoffenheim the lead. Bremen don't deal with Vogt's cross-field pass into the box. Angelino collects and has time and space to pick out his man. Kramaric rises highest and heads home!
It's as you were at the start of the second half. Can Bremen extend their run of never having played out a goalless draw since Werner took charge on 28 November 2021?
Goalless at the break
Hoffenheim made the stronger start, but it's been all Bremen since the 25th minute. Matarazzo will be desperate to get to the break at 0-0.
Here come Bremen again as Ducksch has a shot blocked by Brooks, before testing Baumann moments later. He's such a handful with the ball at his feet!
Another ball in from the flank - this time for Füllkrug. He adjusts his body to connect with a scissor-kick that forces Bauman into a more routine diving stop.
Werder get the ball out to Weiser again. He fires in an inch-perfect cross for Ducksch, whose first-time strike is beaten away by Baumann.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Bremen catch out Hoffenheim with a rapier-like break. Ducksch helps it onto Schmidt, who forces Bauman into a save, low to his left, but there's an offside in the build-up.
No way through
Bremen are hogging the ball right now, but Hoffenheim are not allowing them to get it out wide and into their front two of Füllkrug and Ducksch - which is such a key facet of their game.
John Anthony Brooks
Brilliant from Friedl, who celebrates a goal-saving challenge on Bebou as a striker might a goal. Baumgartner split the Werder defence there, and it looked like Pavlenka was beaten.
Bremen the favourites - just
After snapping their 14-match winless run last time out, the visitors have made a bright start in Bremen. They're full of energy.
Füllkrug and Ducksch - the Bundesliga's most prolific duo this season with 23 goals - get us under way.
It's a glorious sunny day in Bremen, where the Weser-Stadion is absolutely rocking.
Watch: Bremen warming up
The Füllkrug factor
The bottom two - Stuttgart and Schalke - lost on Saturday, while Hertha drew with Freiburg. Unless Hoffenheim lose by seven clear goals, they'll end the weekend outside the relegation zone. A win would even lift them three points clear of the play-off spot. Bremen, meanwhile, are nine points better off in the relative comforts of 11th place. Climbing one rung on the league ladder is a possibility, if Gladbach don't win in Cologne.
More on those teams
Matarazzo makes two changes to the team that beat Hertha 3-1 prior to the March international break. Angelino replaces the injured Robert Skov on the left-hand side, while Finn Becker is preferred to Angelo Stiller in central midfield. As for Bremen, goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, defenders Marco Friedl and Milos Veljkovic, and midfielders Christian Groß and Romano Schmid return to the starting line-up. Messrs Zetterer, Pieper, Chiarodia, Gruev and Stage make way.
Bremen starting line-up
Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Stark, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Schmid, Groß, Schmidt, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch
Zetterer, Pieper, Chiarodia, Stage, Bittencourt, Gruev, Mbom, M. Philipp, Dinkci
Hoffenheim starting line-up
Baumann (c) - Vogt, Brooks, Akpoguma - Kaderabek, Geiger, Becker, Angelino - Baumgartner - Bebou, Kramaric
L. Philipp, Bicakcic, Kabak, Nsoki, Stiller, Delaney, Bischof, Tohumcu, Asllani
Watch: Gladbach 2-2 Werder - highlights
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Werner: "We won't be blinded by form"
Matarazzo: "We want to stay on the attack"
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Watch: Previous meeting: Hoffenheim 1-2 Bremen
Hope for Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga visits to Bremen, winning two and drawing five. Against no other club do they have such a positive balance.
Bremen forwards Marvin Ducksch and Niclas Füllkrug are the Bundesliga's best strike duo this season with a combined goal tally of 23. Ducksch has scored more in the second half of the campaign (five) than Füllkrug (four).
Away day blues
Hoffenheim have lost each of their last six away matches in the Bundesliga, an unwanted club record.
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