Bundesliga Match between Werder Bremen vs Fc Wolfsburg
As the Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Fc Wolfsburg held at Weserstadion on Saturday resulted in victory of werder over Wolfsburg with the score of 2-1. On the advantage of the home ground play werder Bremen took the opportunity to take a victory. Both sides were showing good form going into this encounter at the Weserstadion.
On victories of six straight Bundesliga wins, Wolfsburg were dreaming of a spot in the top four. Werder, on the other hand, were desperate to stop a sequence of four consecutive losses in which they shipped 17 goals. That the in-form Patrick Wimmer had the game’s first big chance, the Wolfsburg attacker seeing his low shot blocked by Jiri Pavlenka – came as little surprise.
However, Werder taking the initiative thereafter did raise an eyebrow from visiting coach Niko Kovac. The lively Anthony Jung provided Marvin Ducksch with the cross that might have led to a Bremen opener, had the latter got more purchase on the ball.
Fullkrug was presented with an even better opportunity soon afterwards. When a VAR check noted that Yannick Gerhardt had handled from Jens Stage, the hosts had a penalty, which their top-scoring striker slid home with the utmost of confidence. The Germany international then had a close-range effort blocked before Koen Casteels spectacularly parried out a header from Werder’s busy forward.
Werder will remain without Romano Schmid (knee) and Felix Agu (tendon), but otherwise their manager appears to have a full squad at his disposal.
Despite falling to defeat last time out, Werner’s side looked much more assured than in their previous thrashing at the hands of Koln, so Milos Veljkovic may have to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench once again after being dropped in midweek.
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will travel without Nmecha, who missed out on representing Germany in Qatar due to a knee injury, while his brother Felix Nmecha is doubtful due to a thigh issue.
Kovac’s only change is likely to be reinstating Paulo Otavio – who missed out in midweek after collecting his fifth booking of the season during his side’s previous victory against Freiburg – to provide natural width from left-back. Maxence Lacroix will almost certainly make way having struggled to earn a regular spot in Kovac’s starting XI this season.
Wolfsburg scored 11 goals in their opening two matches of 2023 but they struggled to get going here. Kovac introduced Omar Marmoush and Joshua Guilavogui at the break in an attempt to mix things up, while the home side were happy to dig in and wait for their chances on the counter.
Ilia Gruev, Ducksch and Mitchell Weiser all combined brilliantly on one such counter-thrust, the latter just failing to make the chance count. Fullkrug then went close from a corner as Ole Werner’s side looked to put daylight between the teams.
With the Wolves seemingly out of ideas, the River-Islanders advanced in earnest. Eren Dinkci hoisted a pass up from the touchline which Weiser pulled back into other danger zone. Fullkrug subsequently licked his lips and put his foot through the rolling ball for 2-0. His 13th goal of the season helped Werder get back to winning ways, with a late Kevin Paredes volley failing to spoil the home celebrations.
Werder vs Wolfsburg in Bundesliga
Niclas Fullkrug overtook Christopher Nkunku at the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts with 13 goals.
Werder’s No.11 has scored 10 of his last 11 penalties in the Bundesliga and has now been successful with nine spot-kicks in a row.
Fullkrug put Werder 1-0 up for the sixth time this season, a league best.
The Bremen marksman has netted three doubles this season.
The last Werder player to score at least 13 goals after 18 matchdays was Miroslav Klose – 17 years ago.
Paredes scored his first Bundesliga goal in what was his 12th appearance in the division.