Werder Bremen came from behind to beat SC Freiburg 2-1 on Wednesday evening at the MAGE Solar Stadium.
Having conceded an average of four goals per game in their last eight encounters with Bremen, it was understandable that Freiburg were a touch nervous to begin with. For their part, the visitors were also apparently aware of their record against die Breisgauer and sought to put them under pressure, primarily through long balls forward to imposing forward Joseph Akpala.
Gradually the hosts found a foothold in the game, settling their nerves by retaining possession well in midfield with short passes. Freiburg got their noses in front in spectacular fashion when Jonathan Schmid curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from 25 yards. Freiburg continued to hold the upper hand for the remainder of the half and deservedly took their lead into the break.
The home team looked to build on their advantage in the second period and very nearly went 2-0 up, but Sebastian Mielitz made a superb save to deny Max Kruse. That was be the key moment in match as Bremen burst up the other end and pulled level through Akpala, who converted Marco Arnautovic's cross at the near post with a neat flick. Buoyed by the goal, Bremen puffed their chests out and went in front through Aaron Hunt, who finished a well-worked move from close range. Try as they might towards the end, Freiburg could not snatch a point and succumbed to another defeat against their bogey team.
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