- Bremen leave it late but guarantee their survival with a Djilobodji goal two minutes from time.
- Frankfurt replace Werder in the promotion/relegation play-off place.
- Djilobodji had promised Bremen would survive upon his winter arrival from Chelsea.
Papy Djilobodji’s late winner secured SV Werder Bremen’s Bundesliga survival on Matchday 34 by virtue of a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, who themselves will now contest the relegation play-off.
Goals: 1-0 Djilobodji (88’)
Even with two changes to the team that beat Borussia Dortmund last week, Frankfurt began the better of the two sides. Änis Ben-Hatira’s powerful header drew a fine save from Felix Wiedwald in the second minute, while Makoto Hasebe also went close in the opening stages. Undeterred, however, Bremen grew into the game and took control after the 20-minute mark, with Claudio Pizarro almost capitalising on a defensive mix-up, before Zlatko Junuzovic shot over. Die Grün-Weißen continued to press aggressively prior to the interval, although the Frankfurt backline stood strong.
Bremen remained in control after the break, although failed to fashion any real clear-cut chances. Lukas Hradecky saved easily from a hopeful Pizarro flick, while Junuzovic fired his side’s one golden chance wide. In a now one-sided affair, substitute Özkan Yildirim’s powerful effort was then deflected to safety by the impressive Marco Russ in the closing stages, but Bremen refused to let their heads drop, and Djilobodji was on hand to turn Anthony Ujah’s cut-back over the line from close range with mere minutes remaining. For Werder and the sold-out Weser Stadium, the goal triggered scenes of jubilation, but for Frankfurt - who will now face 1. FC Nürnberg in a two-legged relegation play-off - there is nothing but trepidation.
Man of the match
Djilobodji was a rock at the back for Die Grün-Weißen, and will go down in club history thanks to his late winner. It might not have been a pretty goal, but the 42,100 fans at the Weser Stadium will care little.
Upon his winter arrival from Chelsea FC, Djilobodji promised that Bremen would stay up. His side may have left it late, but the the Senegal defender was true to his word, securing his side's survival in the closing stages of a gripping encounter.
- Junuzovic covered the most ground of any player (12.19 kilometres).
- Djilobodji scored his second goal of the season.
- Bremen scored 13 goals in the second half of the season from set-pieces.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, Garcia - Grillitsch, Öztunali (Yildirim, 77’), Fritz (c), Junuzovic, Eggestein (Ujah, 60’) - Pizarro (Galvez, 90’)
Coach: Viktor Skripnik
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Regäsel, Abraham, Russ (c), Oczipka - Hasebe, Ignjovski - Djakpa (Chandler, 60’), Ben-Hatira (Zambrano, 68’), Aigner (Castaignos, 86’) - Seferovic
Coach: Niko Kovac