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It's all about Bremen tonight. What a first-half showing from the hosts, who blew Gladbach away from the get-go. The visitors never recovered from an early Füllkrug-Ducksch-Füllkrug triple punch and the Green-Whites just kept landing the blows thereafter. Hats off to Ole Werner's team. For Farke and Co. there will be plenty to learn from this.
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HOME JOY AT LAST
What a way for Werder to win their first home game of 2022/23! The hosts also end an unwanted run of nine Bundesliga home games without a victory.
Pavlenka makes another top save to deny Hofmann. Werder's forwards will take all the praise here, but a shout out to the River Islanders' keeper, who has been pretty good too.
PARTY TIME IN BREMEN
Oliver Burke smashes a long-range volley towards the corner, with Sommer grateful for the chance to save one.
Bremen will join Gladbach on 12 points after this result, although Ole Werner's team will sit ahead of their opponents in eighth position on account of a better goal difference.
OVER AND OUT
Good night and good luck. Werder build from the back and work the ball into the box. Füllkrug feeds Mitchell Weiser who slams home his team's fifth of the night. And oh what a night it is for Werder.
Bremen are beginning to get a bit panicky at the back. Should the visitors net a second, we'd be in for a hell of a 20 minutes here.
FOALS POST WOE
Thuram with a delicious back heel for Hofmann, who finds the inside of the post! Suspicions of a Thuram offside in the build up, however. That likely wouldn't have counted had it gone in.
Gladbach have a goal! Sommer to Stindl right through the middle. The visiting captain threads the needle to release Thuram, who finishes exquisitely, taking the ball around the keeper and tapping home.
BREMEN HIT THE POST
Füllkrug could let this go out for a corner, but he snaffles possession on the touchline, turns, and lifts a tasty cross for Weiser, who sends a power header against the frame of the goal. So close.
Füllkrug (who else?) has a blast from the right after some Gladbach back-and-forth passing led to nothing of note. Not surprisingly, we're playing at about a quarter of the first half intensity here.
Gladbach play it around nicely before Stindl has a pop from the edge of the D. That one fails to trouble Pavlenka twixt the Werder posts.
Thuram with a BIG chance to pull one back. Alas, the Frenchman drags his shot wide of the upright having been played through on goals.
AWAY WE GO AGAIN
Gladbach kick off the second half, the players' ears no doubt still ringing with a Daniel Farke roasting at the break. Can the visitors get one back at least or will Werder add to their already impressive haul?
Phew, where do you start with a summary of that first half? Gladbach have been battered by the brilliance of Ducksch and Füllkrug, who are putting in a performance for the ages. Werder as a whole have been flowing and wonderfully accurate with their passing. Borussia, meanwhile, just never got started in this game. This being the Bundesliga, though, who knows what drama awaits after the break!
Pavlenka is there again, this time with a flying save to deny Hofmann. The home fans celebrate the stop as if it were a goal, with the stadium announcer joining in.
THURAM IN POSITION
A spell of pressure for the visitors. No, really. Thuram tries to walk one in but Pavlenka isn't having any of that and hoofs clear.
Dear me, Gladbach. When it's not your day, eh? Ducksch hits a cross in from the left. There doesn't appear to be too much danger as the ball bounces, but nobody has told Bensebaini, who inexplicably diverts into his own net.
Marco Friedl Joe Scally
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
BREMEN STILL RUNNING
The Green-Whites are in the ascendency again as Ducksch flashes another header just wide of the near post. You can imagine the expression on Daniel Farke's face during all of this. Let's just say that Gladbach's half-time team talk might be a bit toasty.
Ducksch with another chance. It's not an easy one for the Bremen No.7 as he sprints into the centre and heads a ball over the top at the target. Sommer jumps to save.
MUCH NEEDED BREATHER
Kone falls awkwardly and will need attention, giving the fans inside the ground a moment to take stock.
Niclas Füllkrug Christoph Kramer
Pavlenka denies Scally now as Gladbach look to claw their way out of the grave they've dug themselves here. What an utterly relentless match.
Gladbach have had a shot! It's Christoph Kramer who stretches and pokes wide of the upright. We still haven't reached 20 minutes and we've had enough incident in this game to fill two matches.
It's impossible to even breathe during this one. Again it's Werder, with Anthony Jung controlling a looped pass from the right. The Bremen No.3 has time to pick his spot for 4-0, but the shot it weak and Sommer can scoop that one up.
What. Is. Happening? The Proclaimers are belting out another ditty as Werder bag a third. A THIRD. A poor defensive header from Bensebaini is pounced on by Ducksh. The striker takes it into the area and squares for his teammate Füllkrug, who wellies an unstoppable effort past the beleaguered Sommer. Crazy.
It should really be 3-0. Ducksch breaks through on the left and has only Sommer to beat, albeit from a tight-ish angle. The striker sends a tame shot low at goal and Sommer can gather.
WERDER IN HEAVEN
Scenes ! Bremen are on fire here. Sommer comes out to tackle Schmid and the keeper wins the battle. The loose ball falls to Ducksch, however, and the Werder man pummels in his team's second!
BREMEN IN FRONT
Werder lead. A solid build up ends with Füllkrug getting ahead of his man to latch onto a flighted centre from Schmid. Yann Sommer has no chance with the Bremen striker acrobatically connecting from close range to net.
Both sides getting a feel for the game, Werder stroking it around and Gladbach pressing at half gas.
Werder get us underway amid a sea of green and white. This one promises to be spectacular, but who will strike first?
TEAMS IN TUNNEL
We're all set at the Weserstadion, which is buzzing ahead of kick off. Both teams are inside the tunnel listening to the stadium announcer belting out both Starting XIs.
TOP ATTACK ?
So, as we edge ever closer to kick off, who do you fancy will come out on top in terns of attack? That deadly home duo of Füllkrug and Ducksch have a combined total of five goals and two assists so far this season while Gladbach's fearsome attacking trident that contains Thuram, Stindl and Hofmann have six goals and three assists altogether. This is set to be fascinating.
TEAM NEWS BREMEN
Ole Werner makes just one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Bayer Leverkusen last time out. With Amos Pieper suspended, Niklas Stark starts in defence.
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TEAM NEWS - GLADBACH
Foals boss Daniel Farke has named an unchanged side following the 3-0 victory over Leipzig prior to the international break. The means Marcus Thuram leading the line up front, with Jonas Hofmann and Lars Stindl in attacking midfield.
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BREMEN STARTING XI
Pavlenka - Stark, Veljkovic, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Schmid, Gruev, Groß, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch
Zetterer, Stage, Burke, Bittencourt, Dincki, Schimdt, Rapp, Buchanan, Agu
GLADBACH STARTING XI
Sommer - Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kone, Weigl, Kramer - Hofmann, Thuram, Stindl (c)
Sippel, Herrmann, Plea, Lainer, N’Goumou, Netz, Jantschke, Reitz, Noß
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
WERDER'S HOME HOPES
Hosts Werder are still without a home win this term, not that coach Ole Werner is overly concerned by that fact. The 34-year-old is confident that if his side continue to play as they have been up until now, maximum spoils will be theirs at the Weserstadion sooner rather than later. "We are very happy with how things are going right now and if you look at the performances, we’ve by no means played any worse at home than we have in our away games,” Werner said.
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Bundesliga giants Werder Bremen and Borussia Mönchengladbach renew acquaintances on Matchday 8. Promoted Werder have made a solid start to life back in the top tier, taking nine points from the first 21 on offer. Gladbach thumped RB Leipzig 3-0 prior to the international break to move level on points with fifth-in-the-table Bayern Munich. Who will prevail at the Weser Stadium?