Goals: 1-0 Moisander (28'), 1-1 Lookman (50')
The visitors were looking to end a difficult week on a high, having suffered a chastening 4-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Monday and lost out to Marseille in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. As such, coach Ralph Hasenhüttl make six changes to his side, benching Naby Keita and only naming six substitutes. Indeed, Leipzig looked fatigued in the first half and they fell behind on 28 minutes when Niklas Moisander scuffed a shot over the line after Max Kruse's initial effort had struck the bar.
Leipzig's Peter Gulacsi produced a smart double save to deny Milot Rashica and Zlatko Junuzovic before the interval as Bremen had their opponents on the ropes, but the visitors were much improved after the break with the introduction of youngster Lookman. The Englishman lashed in an equaliser five minutes after coming on and suddenly the balance of the game shifted. Timo Werner had three efforts on goal alone, while Kruse also tested Gulacsi. Both sides pressed for a winner in an entertaining end to the game, but each showed signs of nerves when the chance presented itself, Werner shooting at Pavlenka's legs and Moisander heading wide after Ishak Belfodil was denied. Leipzig move up above Hoffenheim into fifth, four points behind Borussia Dortmund in fourth, while Bremen climb to 12th.
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- Ademola Lookman has come off the bench in four Bundesliga matches, scoring in two of them.
- Niklas Moisander's goal was his second in the Bundesliga and first at home.
- Max Kruse has scored six and set up another seven for Bremen this term, making him their biggest goal threat.
- Leipzig are the Bundesliga's youngest club. Founded in 2009, they were promoted to the top flight at the start of last season.
- Runners-up last term, Leipzig have suffered two more defeats (9) than they did in 2016/17.
- Werner has 11 goals and five assists to his name and is set to travel to the FIFA World Cup in Russia as Germany's first-choice striker.
Bremen: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl – M. Eggestein (Kainz 90'), Bargfrede, Delaney – Junuzovic (c) (Gondorf 79')– Rashica (Belfodil 62'), Kruse
Unused subs: Drobny, Bauer, Langkamp, J. Eggestein
Absentees: Zetterer (wrist), Augustinsson (thigh), Bartels (Achilles tendon), Zhang (work permit), Manneh (ankle), Johannsson (ankle)
Coach: Florian Kohfeldt
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Ilsanker, Orban (c), Konate, Bernardo – Kampl (Keita 76'), Demme, Kaiser (Lookman 46'), Forsberg – Poulsen, Werner
Unused subs: Mvogo, Keita, Klostermann, Bruma, Augustin
Absentees: Halstenberg (cruciate ligament), Laimer (thigh), Sabitzer (shoulder)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Watch: Ademola Lookman reflects on his second Bundesliga goal