Virgil Misidjan equalised deep into second-half stoppage time as Nuremberg held Werder Bremen to a 1-1 draw at the Weser Stadium.
Werder Bremen 1-1 Nuremberg
Goals: 1-0 M. Eggestein (26’), 1-1 Misidjan (90+2’)
The hosts showed no signs of rustiness following the recent international break, dominating possession and looking the more threatening side in the opening stages. Georg Margreitter did well to block Max Kruse’s goal-bound effort with a quarter of an hour on the clock, but there was nothing the visiting defence could do about Maximilian Eggestein’s opener ten minutes later: After collecting Davy Klaassen’s pass on the edge of the area, the midfielder took a touch before rifling an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Kruse perhaps should have doubled Werder’s lead on the half-hour mark, but the 30-year-old’s shot flew high over Fabian Bredlow’s crossbar.
Florian Kohfeldt’s charges continued to push for a second goal after the interval, Eggestein curling an effort wide of the target from a tight angle within minutes of the restart. At the other end, Ondrej Petrak thought he had equalised for Nuremberg against the run of play just before the hour mark, but VAR ruled the Czech striker’s goal out for offside. However, just as it seemed Werder were going to hold out for all three points, substitute Misidjan - making his Bundesliga debut - swept home at the near post to earn the Franconians an unlikely draw.
- This was the pair’s first meeting in four years.Nuri Sahin was handed his Bundesliga debut for Bremen vs. Nuremberg, against whom he scored his first ever top-flight goal as a 17-year-old.Matheus Pereira made his Bundesliga bow for Der Club at the Weser Stadium.Eggestein scored his first right-footed goal of his Bundesliga career. Two of the midfielder's previous three league strikes were headers, while the other came with his preferred left foot.Kohfeldt is the first Bremen head coach since Otto Rehhagel to start his Werder tenure with a 14-match unbeaten home run.
Bremen: Pavlenka - Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Augustinsson – Bargfrede (Sahin 71'), M. Eggestein, Klaassen – Osako (Friedl 89'), Kruse (c), Harnik (Rashica 67')
Unused subs: Plogmann, Pizarro, Kainz, J. Eggestein
Absentees: Bartels (Achilles), Drobny (calf), Johannsson (ankle), Kapino (thigh), Käuper (ankle), Zetterer (pseudarthrosis)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
Nuremberg: Bredlow – Valentini, Mühl, Margreitter, Leibold – Behrens (c), Petrak (Knöll 82'), Fuchs (Misidjan 61') – Pereira (Löwen 61'), Ishak, Kubo
Unused subs: Mathenia, Bauer, Palacios, Erras
Absentees: Ewerton (ankle), Lippert (cruciate ligament), Zrelak (ill)
Coach: Michael Köllner
Watch: Virgil Misidjan reflects on his dramatic debut equaliser