Freiburg (dpa) – Florian Kohfeldt is particularly pleased about this point. Because the Werder Bremen coach knew after the 1-1 (1: 1) at SC Freiburg that his team had been defeated in almost all essential statistics. Freiburg had more shots on goal, more possession of the ball, the better duel values and also the higher pass rate – nevertheless Werder took a point from the Breisgau. “I can say clearly and openly that I am very satisfied with the point,” said Kohfeldt. “With that, I would describe our start to the season from the first four games – at least in terms of points – as very successful.”
After the third game in a row without defeat and now seven points, Bremen are in the upper midfield of the table. Freiburg, on the other hand, will have to wait for their first home win this season. “I’m dissatisfied with the result,” said coach Christian Streich. “It’s very disappointing because we have now had two home games, both times we were able to take the lead – but we couldn’t win both times.”
The Austrian Philipp Lienhart (15th minute) gave the hosts the lead with his first Bundesliga goal. Shortly afterwards Niclas Füllkrug (25th) scored the final score with a penalty kick before half-time. But more would have been possible for the von Streich team.
Bremen started weak. In the first game after Davy Klaassen left Ajax Amsterdam, 18-year-old Nick Woltemade moved into the Werder starting XI for the first time this season, but the offensive player remained inconspicuous except for one scene. In the 40th minute, the 1.98-meter-tall attacker almost made it 2-1 for Werder, but failed from close range to Freiburg goalkeeper Florian Müller. “You can’t expect him to pull down trees right away. But the boy is a huge talent,” said Kohfeldt.
After a quarter of an hour, Theodor Gebre Selassie almost put Freiburg in the lead with an own goal, goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka steered the rebound out of the way. But at the corner kick that followed, Werder was punished. Lucas Höler put the cross in the penalty area across to Lienhart, who scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 51st game from close range.
Even without the 3800 spectators who were briefly unloaded, a lively game developed as a result. Just five minutes later, Jonathan Schmid scored the alleged 2-0 for Freiburg. Video assistant Bibiana Steinhaus intervened because template provider Roland Sallai had been marginally offside beforehand. Referee Christian Dingert took back the goal. Just five minutes later, Füllkrug hit a somewhat surprising penalty for Bremen. Before that, Nicolas Höfler clearly fouled Leonardo Bittencourt in the penalty area.
Füllkrug already has four hits after four match days and thus as many as in the entire past season. Afterwards, Freiburg pushed for victory and gave good chances through Nils Petersen (52nd) and Schmid (73rd). But Kohfeldt’s team also got their opportunities: Bittencourt (61st) headed free in front of the goal and substitute Kevin Möhwald (64th) left them out.