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Bremen - Hertha BSC

Germany: Bundesliga
Bremen D. Selke (69)
WeserstadionFull time1-4
Hertha BSC P. Pekarík (42), D. Lukebakio (45), M. Cunha (62), J. Córdoba (90)

Werder problems continue as they lose opener to Hertha

By Rune Gjerulff

Werder Bremen got off to a disappointing start to the new Bundesliga season, losing 1-4 at home to Hertha BSC.

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After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Werder Bremen were looking to make a fresh start as they took on Hertha BSC in front of 8,500 fans at the Weserstadion on Saturday.

But Florian Kohfeldt and his team didn't quite get the start to the new Bundesliga season they were hoping for and ended up losing 1-4 to Bruno Labbadia's troops.

Experienced right-back Peter Pekarik broke the deadlock after 42 minutes, slotting in the ball at the back post, before Dodi Lukebakio added a second before the break.

Things got even worse for Werder when Matheus Cunha made it 0-3 with 62 minutes on the clock. Davie Selke headed in a consolation goal in the 69th minute, scoring against his former club, but it wasn't enough to turn the game around.

Instead, Jhon Cordoba cemented the win deep into injury time, making it 4-1 on his Hertha debut.

Elsewhere, newly-promoted Stuttgart lost 2-3 to Freiburg, Arminia Bielefeld held on to a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt, Augsburg beat Union Berlin 3-1 while Andrej Kramaric scored a hat-trick as Hoffenheim won 3-2 over FC Köln.

1J. Pavlenka
23T. Gebre Selassie
18N. Moisander (C)
32M. Friedl
5L. Augustinsson
30D. Klaassen ↪63
35M. Eggestein
22T. Chong ↪63
19J. Sargent
9D. Selke
8Y. Ōsako ↪46
27S. Kapino
11N. Füllkrug ↩63
24J. Eggestein
41N. Woltemade ↩63
13M. Veljkovic
17F. Agu
10L. Bittencourt ↩46
29P. Erras
34J. Mbom
Hertha BSC
1A. Schwolow
2P. Pekarík ↪81
20D. Boyata
25J. Torunarigha
17M. Mittelstädt
6V. Darida
5N. Stark (C) ↪81
29L. Tousart
10M. Cunha
9K. Piątek ↪61
11D. Lukebakio ↪81
22R. Jarstein
15J. Córdoba ↩61
27J. Ngankam
33D. Redan
4K. Rekik
21M. Plattenhardt
42D. Zeefuik ↩81
7M. Leckie ↩81
23A. Maier ↩81

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