SC Freiburg won away from home for the first time this season with a fine display that condemned SV Werder Bremen to a second consecutive defeat.
Bremen had begun confidently and could have been ahead inside 10 minutes, but saves in quick succession from Alexander Schwolow to deny Izet Hajrovic and Ousman Manneh proved to be crucial later. Freiburg soaked up Bremen’s early pressure and began to counter-attack confidently, going ahead in sensational style when Maximilian Philipp weaved across and through the home defence before superbly delaying his shot past Bremen keeper Felix Wiedwald. Manneh’s needless tug on Karim Guede’s shirt inside the area allowed Vincenzo Grifo a penalty chance, which he drilled home despite a slight touch from Wiedwald.
Substitute Nils Petersen, on for the hard-working Guede, could have made it 3-0 with 26 minutes left but Wiedwald’s outstretched leg was equal to Petersen’s low effort. Bremen clawed their way back in fine style when Santiago Garcia exchanged passes with Zlatko Junuzovic and caught the return first-time with his left foot for a superb goal. But Freiburg were not to be denied, and they hit back quickly when Amir Abrashi’s shot from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Wieldwald. Lennart Thy lashed a shot against team mate Manneh in the closing minutes, summing up a day Bremen would want to forget.
Where has this version of Freiburg been on the road all season? Streich’s side looked to have a game-plan almost from the word ‘go’ and it worked perfectly. If they can ally this kind of form to their decent home record, they should have a worry-free winter.
- Appearing against his old club, Freiburg's Petersen made his 100th Bundesliga appearance.Freiburg have now not lost in their last four visits to the Weser Stadium.Philipp is the leading German goal scorer in Bundesliga this season with five goals.
Werder: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Sane (Veljkovic 41'), Moisander, Garcia – Grillitsch (Bartels 46'), Fritz - Junuzovic, Hajrovic (Thy 78'), Gnabry – Manneh
Coach: Alexander Nouri
Freiburg: Schwolow - Stenzel, Torrejon, Söyüncü , Günter - Höfler, Abrashi - Frantz (c) (Harberer 90), Grifo – Philipp (Niederlechner 78), Guede (Petersen 58)
Coach: Christian Streich