Ludwig Augustinsson struck in second-half stoppage time to earn Werder Bremen a 1-1 draw against Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Freiburg 1-1 Werder Bremen
Goals: 1-0 Waldschmidt (42' pen.), 1-1 Augustinsson (90+2')
Determined to return to winning ways after losing 3-1 to Mainz before the international break, Freiburg started the stronger of the two teams and went close to breaking the deadlock when Luca Waldschmidt sent a long-range drive narrowly past Jiri Pavlenka’s post inside the first ten minutes. Davy Klaassen headed straight at Alexander Schwolow at the other end as Bremen started to grow into the game, but the hosts were awarded a penalty five minutes before half-time when Niklas Moisander blocked Waldschmidt’s goal-bound effort with his arm. Waldschmidt made no mistake from the spot, firing into the right-hand corner to give Christian Streich's side a narrow lead at the break.
Walschmidt tested Pavlenka with a fierce effort early in the second half, but Schwolow was the busier of the two keepers after the restart. The 26-year-old made a brilliant stop to deny second-half substitute Yuya Osako, before thwarting veteran striker Claudio Pizarro from point-blank range as Freiburg struggled to clear their lines. There was nothing the custodian could do about Augustinsson's equaliser, however, the Sweden international lashing home a loose ball to break Freiburg's hearts and earn Bremen an unlikely point. The result ends a run of three straight defeats for Werder.
- Johannes Eggestein made his first Bundesliga start at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.This was the first time both Eggestein brothers were named in the Bremen starting line-up.Waldschmidt’s spot-kick was his first in the Bundesliga.Jerome Gondorf returned to the starting line-up against his former club. The midfielder made 21 Bundesliga appearances for Werder last season.The Green-Whites have conceded 12 in their last four, after shipping just eight goals in their first eight games of the season.Bremen forward Max Kruse enjoyed his career breakthrough with Freiburg, hitting 11 goals in 2012/13 and earning a call-up to the Germany national team.
Freiburg: Schwolow – Stenzel, Gulde, Heintz, Günter (c) – Koch, Gondorf (Frantz 80') - Terrazzino (Petersen 68'), Haberer – Höler, Waldschmidt (Kammerbauer 89')
Unused subs: Flekken, Kübler, Niederlechner, Kleindienst
Absentees: Borello (cruciate ligament), Höfler (knee)
Coach: Christian Streich
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka - Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson - Sahin (Rashica 63'), M. Eggestein, Klaassen – Harnik (Osako 63'), Kruse (c) , J. Eggestein (Pizarro 77')
Unused subs: Plogmann, Möhwald, Langkamp, Friedl
Absentees: Bartels (ankle), Johannsson (ankle), Bargfrede (achilles)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
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