Dusan Svento struck late to earn 1. FC Köln a point in a 1-1 draw at SV Werder Bremen.
With six defeats in seven home games so far this season, Bremen could have done with an early goal to settle their nerves, and that is what they got. Jannik Vestergaard stretched his towering frame to meet Clemens Fritz's cross and put the hosts in front with Bremen's first attack four minutes in. Werder continued to play with confidence, although Anthony Modeste's shot over when he was given a sniff of goal was a warning to the hosts.
Bremen could have doubled their advantage just before the break when former Köln striker Anthony Ujah earned a penalty, only to then be denied by a brilliant Timo Horn save. Köln had their goalkeeper to thank that they were still in with a chance when Dusan Svento tucked in the equaliser after Yuya Osako had been denied by Felix Wiedwald. It was the Billy Goats’ 11th goal in the second half of games this season, and enough to snatch them a point.
Man of the match
Not only did he deny Ujah’s penalty, but Horn made several stunning stops to help his side snatch a hard-fought point.
With just two goals scored in their last nine games for Köln and one win in eight home games for Bremen, both clubs have plenty of problems to resolve over the winter break.
- Vestergaard's goal was Bremen's first this season inside the first 15 minutes of a Bundesliga game, and their quickest since December 2014.
- A cross from Fritz set up a goal for the first time since September 2011.
- Horn made his eighth penalty save from 22 attempts against him.
- Svento's goal was Köln's first from open play since Matchday 8's 3-0 win at FC Schalke 04.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, S. Garcia - Bargfrede – Bartels (88' Lorenzen), Fritz (c), Grillitsch (58' Grillitsch), Öztunali – Ujah (64' Pizarro)
Köln: Horn - Olkowski, Maroh, Heintz, Hector - Lehmann (c), Vogt (46' Zoller) - Risse, Osako, Svento (90' Sörenson) – Modeste (46' Gerhardt)