The first-half began circumspectly, with the battle in midfield dominating proceedings. The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute as Bremen’s Turkish midfielder Ekici drove through a packed midfield and placed his effort into the bottom right-hand corner of Mohamed Amsif’s goal. The Bavarians ended the half strongly, with Sascha Mölders proving a regular threat, but too much of Augsburg’s increasing possession was concentrated in their own half, and too little given to the industrious Raphael Holzhauser.
The second period was a tale of two Turkish midfielders, as Halil Altintop spurned four of Augsburg’s twenty chances, while Bremen goalscorer Ekici won fourteen tackles to go with his deciding goal.
Augsburg, led by new signing Raul Bobadilla, threw everything at the Bremen defence in the last ten minutes, but were unable to break through, as Robin Dutt's men made it six points from six.
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