Papy Djilobodji celebrates after securing Bremen's top-flight status. - © gettyimages / Oliver Hardt/Bongarts
Papy Djilobodji celebrates after securing Bremen's top-flight status. - © gettyimages / Oliver Hardt/Bongarts
Bundesliga

Bremen matchwinner Djilobodji: 'I'm no hero'

Papy Djilobodji insisted he was “not really a hero” despite proving SV Werder Bremen’s saviour with the goal that kept Die Grün-Weißen in the Bundesliga.

The Senegal international defender lunged to turn in Anthony Ujah's header from close range two minutes from time of Bremen's Matchday 34 winner-takes-all meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt, ensuring Viktor Skripnik's men will be in the German top flight next season and consigning their opponents to the relegation/promotion play-off.

Despite being the focus of attention at the Weser Stadium, the centre-back was hoping to step out of the limelight after keeping Bremen in the big time.

Question: How did it feel when the ball went over the line?

Djilobodji: I can't really describe it. I can only really remember that the ball went in, and that's the main thing.

Question: After the goal, players were running around in all directions. How much of a relief was it?

Djilobodji: We just ran as far as we could. All the pressure just melted away in that moment, and the feeling of relief was huge.

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