Bremen - FC Ingolstadt 04 became the first promoted club in Bundesliga history to win their first three away games of the season thanks to a 1-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 5.
0-1 Hartmann (90+3’)
Buoyed by wins on the road against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Augsburg, Ingolstadt took the game to the hosts early in the first half. Markus Sutter volleyed wide from range, before Stefan Lex collected a fine ball from Lukas Hinterseer and warmed the palms of Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald. The Green-Whites had created little, but almost nicked the lead when Ingolstadt midfielder Roger headed an Aron Johansson free kick against his own crossbar.
Bremen raised their game following the second-half introduction of Claudio Pizarro, with Anthony Ujah and Fin Barthels testing Ingolstadt goalkeeper Ramadan Özcan. Wiedwald had to be at his very best to deny Mathew Leckie in the 80th minute, before Ingolstadt substitute Moritz Hartmann finally got the better of the Bremen stopper with an injury-time penalty after Assani Lukimya had brought down Lex in the box. Werder’s misery was compounded when Philipp Bargfrede saw red seconds from the end.
Man of the match
Making his first ever Bundesliga start, Ingolstadt’s Lex was a real handful all afternoon for Bremen. The 25-year-old forward went close to breaking the deadlock and linked up brilliantly with Leckie.
No promoted side has ever kick-started life in Germany’s top-flight with three away Bundesliga wins on the spin until now. After five games, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s fearless ensemble sit fifth in the mid-Matchday standings on ten points.
Stats of the match
- Hartmann’s penalty was his first goal in the Bundesliga and Ingolstadt’s first spot-kick at Germany’s top table.
- On his 127th Bundesliga appearance, Bremen’s Bargfrede was shown his first red card.
- Both sides fired off six shots apiece in the first half.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Lukimya, Vestergaard, S. Garcia - Bargfrede - Fritz (Kroos 73’), U. Garcia (Pizarro 46’) - Barthels - Ujah, Johannsson (Öztunali 81’)
Ingolstadt: Özcan - Levels, Matip, Hübner, Suttner - Roger, Groß, Morales - Lex (Bregerie 90+4’), Leckie (Kachunga 88’), Hinterseer (Hartmann 67’)