• Bremen return to winning ways against Ingolstadt.
  • Kruse with first Bundesliga goal in Werder colours.
  • Bartels nets winner after Suttner equaliser.

SV Werder Bremen claimed a huge three points against FC Ingolstadt 04 in the battle to avoid relegation.

SV Werder Bremen 2-1 FC Ingolstadt 04

Goals: 1-0 Kruse (24’), 1-1 Suttner (58’), 2-1 Bartels (75’)

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With Claudio Pizarro back in the team, Bremen immediately looked to take the game to their opponents, two points and a place below them before kick-off. The opening quarter of the game was somewhat scrappy, but Bremen’s attacking quality told on 24 minutes when Max Kruse expertly converted Fin Bartel's cross for his first Werder goal.

Dario Lezcano's introduction after the break gave Ingolstadt more of a focus up front, and just before the hour-mark they leveled when Markus Suttner's free-kick nestled into the top corner.

However, the home side continued to look dangerous, especially on the counter-attack, and they won it when Bartels finished with aplomb after Izet Hajrovic and Pizarro were denied by Martin Hansen.

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Max Kruse scored his first goal for Bremen. © Stuart Franklin

Man of the match

He may approaching 30, but Bartels has pace and stamina that few players in the league can match. His driving run and perfect cross set up Kruse for the opener, before he was in the right position to convert the all-important winner.

Talking point

They may not be out of the woods yet, but an impressive array of attacking talent may be enough for Bremen to survive this season, with Serge Gnabry, Pizarro, Bartels and Kruse a foursome good enough to be the envy of many a Bundesliga rival.

Match stats

  • Kruse's goal made him the 12th Bremen player to score in the league this season. No other club has had as many goalscorers.
  • Bartels found the net for the second match in a row.
  • Pizarro was directly involved in a goal for the first time this season.


Bremen: Drobny - Bauer, Sane, Moisander, Garcia - Bartels, Junuzovic, Bargfrede, Gnabry (Veljkovic 86’) - Pizarro, Kruse (Hajrovic 74’, Gebre Selassie 88’)

Coach: Alexander Nouri

Ingolstadt: Hansen - Hadergonaj, Matip, Tisserand, Suttner - Roger, Cohen (Kittel 85’) - Hartmann, Groß (Hinterseer 82’), Jung (Lezcano 46’) - Leckie

Coach: Maik Walpurgis

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