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Highlights

FINAL
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90'
+ 6

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.
Full-time
90'
+ 2

Keita returns!

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.
90'
+ 2

Substitution

90'

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.
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.
Faride Alidou
Faride Alidou33.15km/h
3.
Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic32.95km/h
89'

Time for a leveller?

Cologne are throwing everything forward now and there are more than a few nervous murmurings among the home fans...
82'

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.
75'

Perfect Pavlenka

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.
67'

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.
67'
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.
36 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
13.3 m
63'

Schmid searching

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.
55'

Diligent Deman debut

On his first start of the season, Deman really has been out to impress. In addition to the distance he has covered - the most of all players on the field - he's had two shots on goal, which is one more than Borré.
Distance run (km)
7.3
7.1
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47'

30-second warning!

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.
46'

No changes

Both sides return to the field with the same 11 players who started the match. Will Naby Keita enter the fray at some stage?
Kick-off!
Half-time
45'
+ 1

A Ducksch broken

The assist for Borré's goal came from Ducksch, who breaks his duck with his first assist of the season.
44'

History repeating

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.
42'

Schwäbe saves!

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!
39'

Borré levels!

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!
38'
Rafael Borré
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.
44 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
12.58 m
37'

Triple ex?

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?
31'

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!
31'

Davie Selke

GOAL!

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Davie Selke
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.
67 %
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
4.24 m
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.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina32.70km/h
3.
Romano Schmid
Romano Schmid31.73km/h
29'

Wanted: set piece specialist

With both teams now on four corners, they need to find somebody who can help them make the most of these set pieces.
Corners
4
4
28'

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.
26'

Better from Bremen

Two quick chances for Bremen, with Borré going close and they have forced two corners in a row.
20'

Cologne getting closer

A few shots on Pavlenka's goal now from the guests, who continue to make the more positive impression.
Goal attempts
1off target
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1on target
19'

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.
15'

Pavlenka prowess

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!
7'

Selke climbs

Almost a first attempt for Cologne, though former Bremen forward Davie Selke is punished for a foul as he climbed for the ball.
6'

First corner

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.
5'

Cologne on the ball

How better a way to illustrate this perceived Cologne confidence advantage than with the possession over the opening five minutes.
Possession (%)
2773
3'

Must-win game?

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.
Kick-off!

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

Bremen subs:

Zetterer, Jung, Groß, Bittencourt, Keïta, Rapp, Njinmah, Woltemàde, Kownacki

Cologne starting XI:

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Hübers, Chabot, Paqarada - Ljubicic, Huseinbašić - Waldschmidt, Kainz (c), Maina – Selke

Cologne subs:

Pentke, Kilian, Heintz, Limnios, Christensen, Alidou, Tigges, Adamyan, Downs
0:19
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Bremen team news

Ole Werner has summer signing Naby Keïta at his disposal after a 10-week spell on the sidelines. The former Liverpool midfielder won't start, but "is an option from the bench". The Bremen boss also confirmed that midfielder Senne Lynen and striker Rafael Borré are in contention to begin the game.
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Cologne team news

Luca Waldschmidt is expected to start in attack, with Rasmus Carstensen suspended. The seven-time Germany international will be used either in a No.10 role or alongside striker Davie Selke. Midfielder Eric Martel is one of a lengthy list of absentees.
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Crisis? What crisis?

Six Bundesliga matches is Cologne's longest winless streak under Steffen Baumgart, who told media this week that his side are "a long way off being in a crisis."
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Probable teams

Who’s set to play this weekend? Who’s going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!
2:03
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Watch: Bremen 1-1 Cologne - previous meeting

Romano Schmid cancelled out an earlier effort from Steffen Tigges in an entertaining draw between Bremen and Cologne on the penultimate day of last season.
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Watch: Heidenheim 4-2 Bremen - highlights

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2:03
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Watch: Cologne 1-3 Hoffenheim - highlights

Defeat to Hoffenheim left Cologne still without a win after four matches.
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