TSG Hoffenheim – SV Werder Bremen 1: 2: Under Flick’s eyes! Füllkrug meets the Bremen victory
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October 8, 2022
Hansi Flick saw everything clearly: under the eyes of the national coach, Niclas Füllkrug shone as a nerve-racking penalty taker and clever preparer at his World Cup exhibition. The strong performance of the Bundesliga top scorer also paid off for Werder Bremen. The promoted team won 2-1 (1-1) at TSG Hoffenheim at the start of the 9th matchday.
With the victory, the Bremen team, who are still unbeaten away from home, passed the Kraichgau team in the table and, with 15 points, are fourth for at least one night. Marvin Ducksch (18th) and Füllkrug (87th, penalty after video evidence) made sure of that with their hits. TSG, on the other hand, missed the leap to second place as a result of their first home defeat. Munas Dabbur’s goal (32nd) didn’t change that.
“That was important for us. It wasn’t our best game. Of course, as a promoted team, we’re happy to take three points away from home,” said Mitchell Weiser DAZN. TSG offensive player Christoph Baumgartner was disappointed: “For long stretches we were the more dangerous team. So it’s bitter that we lose the game.”
Füllkrug was the focus of attention even before kick-off. After all, the 29-year-old had scored seven goals and provided two more assists in his first eight league games. The strong performances meant that the striker was brought into play by record national player Lothar Matthäus and Rio world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger as a candidate for the World Cup finals in Qatar (November 20 to December 18).
The 25,410 spectators in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena didn’t have to wait long for the hosts’ first big chance. Robert Skov narrowly missed from the edge of the penalty area (2′). Shortly thereafter, the Dane missed another good opportunity (3rd).
In the 7th minute, Füllkrug appeared for the first time with a – rather harmless – header in the Hoffenheim penalty area. After that, the guests came into play better. Ducksch completed a counterattack after preparatory work by Füllkrug for Bremen’s lead.