• Hajrovic scores his first goal for Werder since April 2015.
  • De Blasis equalises with his third goal of the season.
  • Malli scores winner with three minutes remaining.

1.FSV Mainz came back from a goal down to overcome Alexander Nouri's SV Werder Bremen in a narrow 2-1 victory at the Weser Stadium.

SV Werder Bremen 1-2 1. FSV Mainz 05

Goals: 1-0 Hajrovic (12') 1-1 Malli (87') 1-2 De Blasis (90'+2)

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Werder came out with all guns blazing after their worst Bundesliga start in history, with 19-year-old debutant Ousman Manneh going close to breaking the deadlock in the opening minutes. The home faithful did not have to wait long for an opener, though, as Izet Hajrovic beat Jonas Lössl with a 25-yard piledriver that sent the home faithful into raptures. Both sides spurned promising opportunities before the interval, with Leven Öztunali going close at one end and Manneh failing to hit the target after latching onto a ball over the top of the visiting defence.

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Daniel Brosinski flashed a long-range effort wide of the mark shortly after half time, before Fabian Frei and Christian Clemens both squandered golden opportunities as Mainz pushed for an equaliser. They were finally rewarded for their second-half dominance when Yunus Malli beat Jaroslav Drobny with a composed finish, and there was still time for late drama as Pablo de Blasis converted a close-range header in the dying moments of the game to break Bremen hearts.

Man of the Match

Pablo de Blasis only came on in the second half, but the diminutive Argentinian was instrumental in Mainz's comeback win, scoring the winner in stoppage time.

Talking Point

Alexander Nouri’s side remain rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table, but having watched the Green-Whites take the lead for the second home game in succession, there is room for cautious optimism for Werder’s new coach.

It was a close fought battle, as Balogun's (l.) Mainz secured a comeback victory against Gnabry's (r.) Werder Bremen. © gettyimages / Oliver Hardt/Bongarts

Match Facts

  • Hajrovic’s goal was only his second Bundesliga goal, and his first since 26 April 2015 when he scored against SC Paderborn 07.
  • Bundesliga novice Manneh had three of Bremen’s six shots in the first half – as many as the entire Mainz team put together.
  • De Blasis is the shortest player in the Bundesliga, but has scored two out of his three goals this season with his head.


Bremen: Drobny - Gebre Selassie, Sane, Moisander, Bauer - Grillitsch, Hajrovic (U. Garcia 69'), Fritz (c), Junuzovic (Fröde 79') - Gnabry – Manneh (Thy 55')

Coach: Alexander Nouri

Mainz: Lössl, Donati, Balogun, Bungert (c) (Muto 74'), Brosinski - Clemens, Bussmann - Öztunali (de Blasis 64'), Malli, Frei (Holtmann 81') - Cordoba

Coach: Martin Schmidt