Full-time: Bremen 2-1 Cologne
A big win for Bremen, who came from behind and fought back for the points. Davie Selke's goal gave the guests a deserved lead, but Rafael Borré levelled before the break and the hosts took the momentum with them into the second half, taking the lead through Justin Njinmah and defending it for three important points.
Five years since he last appeared in the Bundesliga, Keita is back on - the home fans are on their feet to welcome him back into action as he replaces Schmid.
Can you get closer?
Cologne very nearly level, and how close did Damion Downs get with that header? He was left way too much space to pick his spot, but only found the outside of the left-hand upright. Just an inch or two to the right, Pavlenka was beaten and Cologne were level.
Time for a leveller?
Cologne are throwing everything forward now and there are more than a few nervous murmurings among the home fans...
Tigges close to levelling
Do not write Cologne off just yet! Tigges twists in the air and gets a lot of power behind his header, but unfortunately for him it is straight at Pavlenka. It may have stung his palms, but the Bremen custodian pushes it away with ease.
Schmitz's shot takes a wicked deflection and appears to be looping in, but Pavlenka tracks back and tips the ball over the crossbar, deserving the adulation from the fans as his name echoes around the Weserstadion.
What an impact!
He has been on the field barely a minute and he has given Bremen the lead, stroking his shot just passed the legs of Schwäbe with only his second touch of the ball.
Schmid takes his third aim at goal, this one straight at Schwäbe. He cannot be faulted for trying, but he's not being rewarded for his efforts just yet.
Diligent Deman debut
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Olivier Deman Luca Waldschmidt
A good chance for Bremen just 30 seconds into this second half! Schmid dribbles through and his low shot is deflected behind for a corner.
Both sides return to the field with the same 11 players who started the match. Will Naby Keita enter the fray at some stage?
A Ducksch broken
The assist for Borré's goal came from Ducksch, who breaks his duck with his first assist of the season.
Borré's first Bundesliga goal for Frankfurt came on 25 September 2021 against Cologne. His first goal for Bremen has come on almost the very same day, two years later, against the same opponents.
Schwäbe looked a little hesitant as he chose not to come out for a cross, but he was determined and decisive to turn Deman's drilled shot wide!
There an equaliser and it was a very cool finish from Borré, who takes one touch to collect Ducksch's pass and then sweeps it inside the near post!
Selke scored against former club Hoffenheim last weekend, and he's now scored against former club Bremen. Next week, Cologne face Stuttgart, where Selke started his career - can he make it a hat-trick of goals against ex-clubs?
Selke strikes against ex-club!
Selke puts the guests in front, pouncing as Deman makes a weak goalline clearance, lifting the ball up onto a plate for the former Bremen forward to nod in from point-blank range!
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Schmid goes close
Another good chance for Bremen with Romano Schmid almost given a clear view of goal, but just as he was poising himself to shoot, the ball is turned behind for ANOTHER corner.
Better from Bremen
Two quick chances for Bremen, with Borré going close and they have forced two corners in a row.
Cologne getting closer
Kainz takes a dip
Kainz takes direct aim from a free-kick just outside the corner of the penalty area. It dips quite dramatically, but not quite enough to fall underneath the crossbar.
The Bremen goalkeeper has not yet had much to do, but he shows alertness and agility to turn a low Maina effort behind. Cologne's first attempt of the game is a good one, but not good enough to beat Pavlenka!
Almost a first attempt for Cologne, though former Bremen forward Davie Selke is punished for a foul as he climbed for the ball.
Bremen force the first corner of the game - a rarity for Bremen, who have had fewer corners than anybody else in the Bundesliga so far this season. Stark heads it on at the near post and the ball lands just onto the roof of the net. That's our first attempt on goal.
Cologne on the ball
Both sides will feel they need to win this game to kickstart their season, and both may arguably feel confident of doing so. In these opening exchanges, it has been Cologne showing a greater degree of confidence.
Here they come!
The two teams take to the field on a beautiful evening in Bremen. Plenty of green, not just because of the grass, as the home fans wave flags and scarves to welcome their heroes out.
Bremen starting XI:
Pavlenka - Pieper, Stark, Veljković- Weiser, Schmid, Lynen, Stage, Deman - Borre, Ducksch
Zetterer, Jung, Groß, Bittencourt, Keïta, Rapp, Njinmah, Woltemàde, Kownacki
Cologne starting XI:
Schwäbe - Schmitz, Hübers, Chabot, Paqarada - Ljubicic, Huseinbašić - Waldschmidt, Kainz (c), Maina – Selke
Pentke, Kilian, Heintz, Limnios, Christensen, Alidou, Tigges, Adamyan, Downs
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