Late goals from Lennart Thy and Theodor Gebre Selassie rescued a first win of the season for SV Werder Bremen after Robert Bauer had scored an unfortunate own goal at home to VfL Wolfsburg.
Alexander Nouri led Bremen out at the Weser Stadium for the first time since Viktor Skripnik's dismissal and was nearly given the perfect home-debut present early on, but Clemens Fritz's cross fizzed past Ousman Manneh and Serge Gnabry. Manneh's physical presence was proving a menace, and after earning a free-kick which Zlatko Junuzovic saw saved, he helped the ball into Gebre Selassie's path only for the Czech to volley wide. Gambian teenager Manneh had the ball plucked off his toe with half-time approaching and the Wolves whimpered into the interval lucky to be level.
Dieter Hecking's men started the second half brighter, with Julian Draxler's thumping effort punched away by Jaroslav Drobny. Gnabry attempted to restore order soon after but his effort flashed over the bar, and the hosts were cruelly punished when Jannes Horn's wicked cross was turned past Bremen goalkeeper Drobny by his defender, Bauer. Thy came on for Manneh for the final stretch, and his contribution was telling, with the forward thumping an unstoppable left-footed shot high into the Wolfsburg goal, and there was still time for Gebre Selassie to head home a Niklas Schmidt corner to snatch a richly-deserved three points.
Man of the Match
Although he came off after 73 minutes this was Manneh's best performance in a Bremen shirt. The 19-year-old had a game-high 36 sprints, added inspiration to his perspiration with clever flicks and knock-downs, and was desperately unlucky not to cap the performance with a goal.
- Bremen youth product Thy scored his first senior goal for the club after returning from FC St. Pauli this summer.This was a rare 2-1 between the teams. Their previous five encounters had averaged five goals per game.Bauer's own goal was Bremen's 14th goal conceded this season. The last time they had this many against them after five Bundesliga games was 49 years ago.
Bremen: Drobny - Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Bauer - Fritz (c) (Schmidt 76'), Grillitsch - Hajrovic (Fröde 90'), Junuzovic, Gnabry - Manneh (Thy 73')
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Vieirinha, Bruma, Wollscheid, Horn (Rodriguez 72') - Seguin (Caligiuri 46'), Gerhardt - Blaszczykowski (c) (Henrique 62'), Arnold, Draxler - Gomez
Coach: Dieter Hecking