Augsburg turn the tables on struggling Bremen

FC Augsburg came from a goal down to beat SV Werder Bremen 2-1 at the Weser Stadium in Matchday 2's penultimate fixture.

SV Werder Bremen 1-2 FC Augsburg

Goals: 1-0 Johannsson (45+1'), 1-1 Gouweleeuw (51'), 1-2 Stafylidis (73')

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Augsburg started the brighter, with Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason going close, but Bremen exploded into life towards the end of the half. The warning signs were there for the visitors when Bundesliga debutant Serge Gnabry fizzed an effort over the bar and put a glorious opening on a plate for returning midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic, before Augsburg newcomer Martin Hinteregger conceded a clumsy penalty, coolly dispatched by USMNT striker Aron Johannsson on the stroke of half-time.

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Shaken but not stirred, Augsburg needed just six second-half minutes to restore parity as Jeffrey Gouwleeuw took advantage of some uncertain Bremen defending to squeeze Daniel Baier's inswinging corner past Felix Wiedwald from close range. The Green-Whites were undone from a set-piece once again in the 73rd minute as Konstantinos Stafylidis sent an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner to complete the turnaround.

Man of the Match

Baier was quietly brilliant in the Augsburg midfield, sitting back where necessary and providing the creative impetus required to get his side back into the game.

Talking Point

It is now three defeats in as many competitive games for Bremen in 2016/17. What will it take to transform their ailing fortunes?

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Match Stats

    Johannsson scored his first Bundesliga goal since 22 September 2015.Gouweleeuw netted his first Bundesliga goal on his 13th top-flight appearance.Stafylidis notched the fifth direct free-kick in Augsburg's Bundesliga history.