With both sides hoping to bounce back from heavy Matchday 5 defeats, the opening exchanges of the Bundesliga's most-played fixture were dominated by nerves. Werder looked the more dangerous side, however, as Argentinean left-back Santiago Garcia fired off an early warning on his debut with a long-range volley, before Assani Lukimya saw his headed effort cleared off the line by Zhi Gin Lam.
Bremen's pressure soon took its toll though as Nils Petersen scored his first goal of the campaign just past the half hour mark, finishing from close range following Clemens Fritz's neat move down the right to send the visitors in wtih a one-goal lead at the break.
Petersen on the double
Hamburg, who hadn't come from behind after a half-time deficit on their last 16 attempts, made it clear they were determined to put an end to that streak, as they threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser in their first outing under caretaker Rodolfo Cardoso. Maximilian Beister twice spurned chances to level matters for the Red Shorts, before Tomas Rincon followed suit in failing to get the better of Sebastian Mielitz.
Petersen should have wrapped up all three points in the closing stages, squandering a one-on-one situation with quarter of an hour remaining, but the Bremen forward reedemed himself by skilfully chipping the ball over the Hamburg goalkeeper, who had ventured forward for a last-minute penalty.
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