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Highlights

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Full-time: Werder Bremen 4-0 Mainz

Werder Bremen got their first points of the new season and first home win since February with a 4-0 victory over Mainz. Marvin Ducksch put the hosts ahead inside three minutes after Andreas Hanche-Olsen had given away a penalty. Jens Stage then doubled the advantage with a thunderous header from a sublime Mitchell Weiser cross. A late flurry from substitutes Leonardo Bittencourt and Justin Njinmah then added gloss as Bremen made up for failing to score in the first two games. Mainz remain without a win in 2023/24.
Full-time
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.
83'

Now Njinmah!

That's what you call an impact from the substitute. Moments after a first Bundesliga assist, Njinmah and Bittencourt swap roles and the youngster slots away his first Bundesliga goal through the legs of Zentner.
83'
Justin Njinmah
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.
45 %
82'

Three points in the bag!

That should be that for Werder. Njinmah the architect with the run up the right and square ball for fellow substitute Bittencourt to turn home unopposed at the far post.
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.
86 %
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53'

Centre Stage!

Werder have some breathing room. Sumptuous cross from Weiser to the far post. In charges Stage unmarked and he powers the header past Zentner.
53'

Jens Stage

GOAL!

2:0
Jens Stage
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.
16 %
Kick-off!
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Unusual scenario for Werder

This is the first time Bremen have gone into half-time at home when leading since 25 February against Bochum. They were 2-0 up and won 3-0 in the end - their last three points at the Weserstadion!
Half-time
43'

Side netting!

Mainz can't get the ball clear and it falls kindly for Kownacki on his full debut for Bremen. He wraps his left foot around it from 20 yards out and left of centre, but he can only find the side netting.
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.
2.
Anthony Caci
Anthony Caci32.62km/h
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Dawid Kownacki
Dawid Kownacki32.45km/h
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Should be two!

Brilliant stuff from Mitchell Weiser down the right as he sits down his man and cuts back for Romano Schmid, who's originally set him away, but the Austrian sees his name in lights and blasts over from 12 yards with the goal at his mercy!
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Ducksch done

He doesn't want to go off but the Bremen goalscorer has to make way after taking a knock to his head. New loan signing Rafael Borre is watching on from the stands, but it's 6'6'' youngster Nick Woltemade who's on.
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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
Kick-off!
35.8 %
Now
59.6 %
3'

Ducksch converts!

Niclas Who? Cool as you like from Füllkrug's former strike partner as Ducksch converts the penalty. Werder's first goal of the season in the third game!
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Marvin Ducksch
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.
77 %
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Penalty Bremen!

Ducksch is upended in the box as he tries to get a shot away following Kownacki's run. Spot-kick to the hosts inside two minutes.
Kick-off!
0:20
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Watch: Warm-up time at the Weserstadion

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Watch: Werder's goalkeepers arrive for work

Werder starting XI

Pavlenka - Pieper, Stark, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Stage, Groß, Schmid, Jung - Kownacki, Ducksch

Werder subs

Zetterer, Deman, Bittencourt, Veljkovic, Lynen, Njinmah, Rapp, Woltemade, Opitz

Mainz starting XI

Zentner (c) - Hanche-Olsen, van den Berg, Fernandes - Caci, Barreiro, Kohr, Mwene - Lee, Onisiwo - Gruda

Mainz subs

Rieß, Batz, Richter, Krauß, Bell, Da Costa, Pepela, Weiper, Mamutovic

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Probable line-ups

Who's in, who's out, who's a doubt? Find out the likely line-ups for this Matchday 3 encounter right here!!
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Last time out

Few who witnessed the closing stages of the last meeting between these teams will forget it in a hurry. As the encounter ticked towards a scoreless draw, four goals were suddenly shared in a dramatic final flurry.

Bremen's good omen

This is the eighth time in their top-flight history that Werder have begun a Bundesliga season with back-to-back defeats. However, the River-Islanders have never been relegated in any of the previous campaigns when they had no points to show after the opening two Bundesliga matches.
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So close Mainz

Bo Svensson's men couldn't have come any closer to picking up their first victory of this new Bundesliga season than they did against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. Jae-sung Lee's first-half goal had Mainz on their way against ten-man Eintracht, until Omar Marmoush popped at the death to deny the hosts.

05ers' favourite opponents

Mainz have more away wins [7] against Werder Bremen than against any other side in the Bundesliga.
2:03
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Werder's woes

Werder had the tough task of starting their Bundesliga season against defending champions Bayern Munich and having lost that game 4-0, the Green-Whites subsequently suffered further heartbreak with a last-gasp loss at Freiburg last weekend.

Hello hello!

You're very welcome to our matchday 3 blog featuring the so far winless Werder Bremen and visiting Mainz with both teams seeking a first three points to help kick-start their respective campaigns.