Werder Bremen is in free fall. The 1: 3 at Union Berlin, for which the Finn Joel Pohjanpalo scored a flawless hat trick in the second round, was the seventh bankruptcy in a row, the first Bundesliga relegation since 1980 threatened.
Florian Kohfeldt had to blow hard. The head coach of Werder Bremen was disappointed after the 1: 3 (0: 0) at Union Berlin. Seven bankruptcies in a row, in the middle of a relegation battle and hardly any hope of improvement – the first descent since 1980 is getting closer.
“We were in a good position in the first half,” stated Werder’s veteran Niklas Moisander Sky, “Then there was a 15-minute blackout. That mustn’t happen. We wanted to accept the duels and play with the necessary aggressiveness. But overall, the second half wasn’t good.”
Joel Pohjanpalo from Finland, who was the match winner at Union with his hat trick (50th / 53rd / 67th), became the specter of the Werder defense. The attacker last scored three goals in a game on September 10, 2016.
Theodor Gebre Selassie (82nd) marked the gate of honor for the Hanseatic League. Union Berlin remained unbeaten in the 15th home game in a row and with 46 points can continue to squint towards international places.
Werder-Schreck Pohjanpalo takes game ball home
“Yes, that was a great time for us. We had difficulties getting in front of the goal in the first half because we made it too slow. It worked out well in the second half,” said striker Pohjanpalo, who proudly said carried the ball during the interview and announced: “I’ll take it home with me.”
The feeling at Werder was completely different. “I don’t feel like discussing our match schedule with them. We have other worries,” said Maximilian Eggestein at the Sky microphone: “The goals are too easy.”
Bremen initially concentrated on the game against the ball. Kohfeldt played it safe with three defensive midfielders. A cultivated game structure could not be seen, however, mostly the ball was thrashed high forward.
However, the hosts needed a standard situation for the lead. After another corner, Pohjanpalo hit the rebound and shot in unhindered from close range. Three minutes later, the Finn was back after a header from substitute Petar Musa and achieved the reassuring 2-0. Shortly afterwards (59th) Musa almost increased to 3-0.
How does Werder react? Disappointing. The guests couldn’t think of anything in the game ahead, Union remained the dominant team and had a variety of other good opportunities. The third goal from Pohjanpalo made the decision, even if in the closing stages the Bremen team’s follow-up goal from Gebre Selassie once again gave rise to some hope.