Bielefeld - Bremen

Germany: Bundesliga
Bielefeld N. De Medina (71)
Bremen J. Sargent (47), K. Möhwald (75)

Sargent scores again as Bremen emerge victorius in midweek make-up

By Peter Vice

DSC Arminia Bielefeld remain winless under new head-coach Frank Kramer after dropping a midweek round 20 make-up fixture 0-2 to SV Werder Bremen. 

Hanseaten striker Josh Sargent scored for the third consecutive match on the bounce. The relegation-threatened Arminen are now winless in seven fixtures on the trot.

Josh Sargent.
Josh Sargent.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

New Bielefeld trainer Frank Kramer's second Bundesliga XI featured four changes from Sunday's 0-0 draw vs. 1. FC Union Berlin. Team spark-plug Ritsu Doan was re-inserted into the starting lineup, joined by Fabian Kunze, Marcel Hartel, and the recently impressive Andreas Voglshammer. Veteran striker Fabian Klos took a seat for the first time this season. 

Bremen's Florian Kohfeldt opted for youth in his selection. A second start in four days proved too tall an order for the returning Niclas Füllkrug. Additionally, Ludwig Austinsson and Kevin Möhwald were initially given the night off. Youngsters Felix Agu and Romano Schmid took their place. 

Kramer's slightly different 4-4-2 midfield diamond kept the visiting northerners at bay for most of the first half. Voglsammer and Doan came closest to opening the scoring during the initial half-hour. The Westphalian hosts might have entered the tunnel with the lead were it not for some heroic defending from Bremen's defensive captain Ömer Toprak. 

Kohfelt replaced left-wingback Agu with Augustinsson at the half. The Swedish international immediately initiated a fine attacking sequence that, after more some more fine moves from Schmid and Milot Rashica, eventually led to Sargent pushing the ball over the line in the 47th. Kramer eventually sought more firepower via the introduction of Klos and the newly-acquired Michel Vlap. 

The East Westphalians were not able to overcome being reduced to ten men in the 71st minute, however. Substitute Nathan de Medina saw red for a reckless challenge on fellow substitute Füllkrug's heel. Werder's Möhwald proved an effective joker by doubling Bremen's advantage in the 75th following some nice work from Rashica and Maximilian Eggestein. 

The Bielefelders, to their credit, did not give up despite being down two goals and one man. Nevertheless, when the full-time whistle blew, the side had to reckon with the fact that their new head coach still awaited their first goal of his tenure. 

The completion of the match now means that all 18 Bundesliga clubs have played 24 fixtures. Bremen move 11 points clear of the relegation playoff place whilst the Arminen sit two points from safety with ten matches to go.

1Stefan Ortega Moreno (C)
27Cédric Brunner
2Amos Pieper
4Joakim Nilsson
5Jacob Laursen ↩52
16Fabian Kunze ↩75
19Manuel Prietl
8Ritsu Doan
31Arne Maier ↩75
30Marcel Hartel ↩62
21Andreas Voglsammer ↩62
34Oscar Linnér
9Fabian Klos ↪62
36Sven Schipplock ↪75
6Mike van der Hoorn
15Nathan De Medina ↪52
7Christian Gebauer ↪75
11Masaya Okugawa
20Nils Seufert
28Michel Vlap ↪62
1Jiří Pavlenka
13Milos Veljkovic
21Ömer Toprak
32Marco Friedl
23Theodor Gebre Selassie (C)
35Maximilian Eggestein
10Leonardo Bittencourt ↩64
17Felix Agu ↩46
20Romano Schmid ↩85
7Milot Rashica ↩83
19Joshua Sargent ↩64
38Eduardo dos Santos Haesler
8Yūya Ōsako
9Davie Selke ↪83
11Niclas Füllkrug ↪64
5Ludwig Augustinsson ↪46
18Niklas Moisander
36Christian Groß ↪85
6Kevin Möhwald ↪64
34Jean-Manuel Mbom

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