Werder Bremen extended their unbeaten home run to 12 home games, frustrating Leon Bailey and Bayer Leverkusen in captain Zlatko Junuzovic’s final game at the Weser Stadion.

Werder Bremen 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen

With Wendell back in the side at left-back, Leverkusen cut a more balanced shape than they have done in recent weeks and Panos Retsos could have put them 1-0 up inside the first ten minutes, but failed to sort his feet out when the ball fell to him in the Bremen box. Leon Bailey then fizzed a pair of shots narrowly wide of Jiri Pavlenka’s goal as the hosts held on. Bremen – hitherto undefeated at home under Florian Kohfeldt – settled into their stride thereafter, though, ending the half with nearly as much possession as their visitors before going into the break with the scores at 0-0.

With three goals and eight assists to his name already this season it is easy to forget that Kai Havertz is still only 18, and he committed a schoolboy error early in the second half, taking his eye off the ball and flashing what looked certain to be the opener over the bar. Kevin Volland thought he's found the winner for Leverkusen late on, but his goal was ruled out for a foul on Pavlenka. Junuzovic made way for Johannes Eggestein in injury time, met with a rapturous support from the fans he has - at times - wowed in his six years in Bremen, before it ended honours even.

Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey (l.) was the busiest player on the pitch against Bremen, but he was unable to add to his nine Bundesliga goals this season. © imago

Match stats

  • Junuzovic played his last home game for Bremen. The former Austria midfielder had a goal and an assist when Werder beat Leverkusen 2-1 I the reverse fixture.
  • Kohfeldt has yet to lose at home while in charge of Die Grunweißen. His unbeaten streak of 12 league matches is Bremen's longest in 12 years.
  • Jiri Pavlenka has now kept eight clean sheets this season.
  • Leverkusen scored in each of their first 20 games this season, but have now failed to find the net in eight of their last 13 Bundesliga games.
  • Die Werkself had 11 shots on goal compared to four for Bremen.
  • Bailey completed a game-high 36 sprints.

Line-ups

Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Langkamp, Friedl – M. Eggestein, Bargfrede (Rashica 78'), Delaney – Kainz (Gondorf 46'), Kruse, Junuzovic (c) (J. Eggestein 90+1')
Unused subs: Drobny, Caldirola, Bauer, Belfodil
Absentees: Bartels (Achilles tendon), Johannsson (ankle)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt

Leverkusen: Leno (c) – Jedvaj, Retsos, Baumgartliger, Wendell (Henrichs 70') – Kohr (Alario 72'), Aranguiz – Brandt, Havertz, Bailey (Bellarabi 81') – Volland
Unused subs: Özcan, Kießling, Yurchenko, Frey
Absentees: Tah (hamstring)
Coach: Heiko Herrlich

As it happened