Goals: 0-1 Gebre Selassie (26'), 1-1 Schmid (28'), 1-2 Kruse (65'), 2-2 Koo (79'), 3-2 Bobadilla (90')
The first two chances of the game both fell to Bobadilla as he tested Bremen keeper Felix Wiedwald with a powerful close-range effort and then failed to direct an unmarked diving-header on target. The game then really came to life when Theodor Gebre Selassie reacted quickest to a second ball from a free-kick to smash the ball home. The visitors’ lead didn’t last long, however, as Bobadilla’s flick to Jonathan Schmid brought the equaliser just two minutes later thanks to the Frenchman’s first Augsburg goal. The remainder of the first half belonged to the Green-Whites as they piled on the pressure in front of the opposition goal, but were unable to carve out any further clear-cut chances.
The second half continued much the same as the first, but Die Fuggerstädter did pose a constant threat from set pieces as Bremen cranked up the pressure with their high pressing. The pressure paid off after an hour when Serge Gnabry won his side a penalty, which Max Kruse duly converted to restore Werder’s advantage. The hosts then struck back once again as Ja-Cheol Koo slotted away another dangerous cross from the right wing. Gnabry came close late on with a powerful free-kick, but it was well saved by Marwin Hitz. The drama wasn’t over there, however, as Bobadilla fired home in the 93rd minute to complete the Augsburg comeback and grab all three points for the hosts.
Man of the match
Match-winner Bobadilla was a constant threat up front for the home side. The Paraguay international provided an assist and the winning goal in injury time, and could have even had more with his two good chances in the first half.
Kruse’s penalty moved Werder onto 3000 Bundesliga goals. The northern club are now only the second side in history to reach that landmark after FC Bayern München. The story is now as clear-cut as that however, as Bremen were once awarded a 2-0 win in 1971 after a 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. One of those 3000 goals will therefore forever be unclaimed.
- Bremen have scored at least once in their last 18 Bundesliga games, the longest such run of any current side.
- Bobadilla bagged his first home goal in almost a year (14th February 2016 vs. FC Bayern München).
- Augsburg found the back of the net more than once in a game at the WWK ARENA for the first time in 11 months (3-3 vs. Leverkusen in March 2016).
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max - Kohr, Koo - Schmid (Teigl 63'), Halil Altintop (Kacar 53'), Ji – Bobadilla
Coach: Manuel Baum
Bremen: Wiedwald - Bauer, Delaney, Kruse, Veljkovic, Junuzovic, García, Bartels (Johannsson 66'), Gebre Selassie, Sané, Gnabry (Fritz 90+2')
Coach: Alexander Nouri
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