Full-time: Darmstadt 4-2 Bremen
5 minutes left
Can Darmstadt see this one out?
Huge chance for Kownacki
The striker gets on the end on Njinmah's lobbed pass, but his header is straight at Schuhen. He really should have done better there!
Honsak misses the target!
Darmstadt break quickly, but Honsak can only find the side netting with his effort.
Bader volleys wide
A speculative attempt from the goalscorer goes off target.
A second for Bremen, and maybe this isn't over just yet! Some lovely build-up play released Duscksch in the area, and his pass across the face of goal is tapped home by Veljković.
A corner is flicked on to the back post, but Honsak can't quite divert it goalwards. Darmstadt are hungry for more goals!
Bremen pull one back
Weiser's brilliant cross finds Deman at the back post, and he bullets a header into the corner for his first Bundesliga goal. Still a long way back for Die Werderaner, but they are at least on the board now.
Darmstadt four up!
A penalty is given after Pieper handles Honsak's effort, and from the resulting spot-kick, Kempe makes no mistake!
Schuhen gets down well to parry the substitute's low, placed effort.
Another for Lieberknecht's men, and this time Mehlem is the goalscorer, calmly slotting into the corner after Pavlenka had gone to ground!
The visitors almost half the deficit, but the ball bounces off the woodwork and into Scuhen's grateful arms.
Double change for Bremen
Werner rolls the dice and brings on two attackers in Woltemade and Njinmah.
Here we go again!
45 minutes left for Bremen to salvage something!
Half-time: Darmstadt 2-0 Bremen
The hosts have outperformed their xG this half.
Three minutes remaining
Not long for Darmstadt to hold out as they look to their their two-goal advantage into the break.
Skarke on song
Mehlem shot saved
The midfielder doesn't get enough behind his attempt as the ball breaks to him just outside the area, resulting in a comfortable save for Pavlenka.
Darmstadt two to the good!
Another great finish extends Darmstadt's advantage. Skarke's timing is perfect as he beats the offside trap to race through on goal and, although he still has a lot to do to beat Pavlenka, he strokes home from an angle.
Bremen slow off the mark
Bader's strike was already the third goal Bremen have conceded this term inside the opening five minutes - a stat that will not please Werner in the dugout.
Ducksch tests Schuhen
A first shot on target for Ole Werner's men as the strike fires a free-kick goalkeeper, but the Darmstadt shot-stopper is equal to it.
Subdued from Bremen
The visitors have been unable to cause their opponents any problems so far, although they have enjoyed plenty of possession in Darmstadt half.
Darmstadt take the lead!
Die Lilien have lift-off thanks to a brilliant finish from Bader. A searching Mehlem cross finds the 26-year-old all on his own at the back post, and he produces a calm, volleyed finish to beat Pavlenka!
Darmstadt go close
Nürnberger, who was a late replacement in the starting line-up for Karic, fires a volley narrowly over the bar as the hosts start positively.
Up and running!
Darmstadt get us going in glorious sunshine here at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor!
Five minutes to go
Not long before we get underway here!!
Watch: Darmstadt walk out for pre-game warm-up
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Darmstadt starting XI
Schuhen - Klarer, Gjasula, Maglica - Bader, Holland (c), Karic, Mehlem, Kempe - Pfeiffer, Skarke
Brunst, Isherwood, Riedel, Franjić, Honsak, Nürnberger, Schnellhardt, Hornby, Seydel
Bremen starting XI
Pavlenka - Pieper, Groß (c), Veljković - Weiser, Lynen, Deman, Schmid, Stage - Borré, Ducksch
Zetterer, Agu, Jung, Rapp, Bittencourt, Keïta, Kownacki, Njinmah, Woltemade
Darmstadt team news
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Bremen team news
Hope for Darmstadt
The Lilies have picked up more points in Bundesliga meetings with Bremen than any team they've faced (10), avoiding defeat in all four fixtures on home soil (W2, D2). Will that positive run continue?
Watch: Bremen 1-0 Darmstadt - previous meeting
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Watch: Bremen 2-1 Cologne - highlights