Ermedin Demirovic scored the only goal and Rafal Gikiewicz saved a stoppage-time penalty as Augsburg picked up their second win of the Bundesliga season with victory away to Werder Bremen.
Augsburg started brightly as Florian Niederlechner rounded Jiri Pavlenka, only to stumble over his attempted finish. Maximilian Bauer sent a header off Niclas Füllkrug and wide, before Werder lost Pavlenka to injury. Füllkrug headed in a Marvin Ducksch free-kick with Werder’s only meaningful attempt of the first half, but what would have been his league-leading sixth goal of the campaign was ruled out upon VAR review. Elvis Rexhbecaj warmed the palms of Bremen substitute Michael Zetterer, who was forced into a more unconventional intervention - a diving header - to thwart Andre Hahn soon after.
Augsburg continued to force the issue after the restart as Mergim Berisha launched a speculative long-range effort into row M. Zetterer intervened at the feet of Niederlechner, before the visitors forged ahead. Berisha skipped the offside trap to collect a raking long ball from Carlos Gruezo, and Demirovic reacted quickest to the ensuing near-post cross with a smart left-footed finish. After Berisha rattled the woodwork, Gikiewicz preserved Augsburg's lead by stopping Niklas Schmidt, with Füllkrug lashing the rebound wide. Ducksch had the chance to rescue a point from the spot, but Gikiewicz guessed right as Werder failed to score for the first time this season.
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- Augsburg kept a clean sheet for the first time this season.
- Ducksch is without a Bundesliga goal in 2022/23. He has gone 12 top-flight games without scoring, going back to January 2019.
- Bremen had scored at least twice in every Bundesliga game prior to the fixture.
- Demirovic scored his second Bundesliga goal of 2022/23. That's as many goals as he got in 31 games for Freiburg last season.
- Berisha had a hand in a Bundesliga goal for the first time, on only his second appearance in the German top flight.
- Nineteen of the 11 Bundesliga meetings between Augsburg and Bremen have produced a winner, including 11 for Die Fuggerstädter.
Bremen: Pavlenka (Zetterer 29') - Pieper, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Schmid (Burke 67'), Groß (Gruev 67'), Stage (Schmidt 67'), Jung (Buchanan 86') - Füllkrug, Ducksch
Unused subs: Agu, Stark, Goller, Rapp
Out: Bittencourt (ribs), Dinkci (match fitness), Mbom (Achilles), Salifou (abductor)
Coach: Ole Werner
Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Bauer, Gouweleeuw (c), Gumny - Hahn, Gruezo, Rexhbecaj, Iago - Niederlechner (Maier 78'), Demirovic (Jensen 70'), Berisha (Caligiuri 90'+7)
Unused subs: Klein, Framberger, Pedersen, Baumgartlinger, Petrov, Vargas
Out: Dorsch (metatarsal), Oxford (knee), Sarenren Bazee (cruciate ligament), Strobl (knee), Uduokhai (ankle), Winther (muscular)
Coach: Enrico Maaßen
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