Again no victory, but at least a little bit of hope: Werder Bremen fought 0-0 against Bayer Leverkusen in the struggle for relegation in the Bundesliga. With this, the passionately fighting but generally harmless Hanseatics prevented the eighth Bundesliga bankruptcy in a row – a draw is actually not enough in the precarious situation of Bremen. Werders Eren Dinkci saw the red card in stoppage time when he cleared Nadiem Amiri on a counterattack.
As tables-14. Werder threatens the first relegation since 1980, on Sunday 1. FC Cologne and Hertha BSC or Arminia Bielefeld could overtake the green-whites. That Florian Kohfeldt will be allowed to stay Werder coach is considered likely after at least a convincing performance by the Hanseatic League.
The 38-year-old only got one job guarantee for the Bayer game after his good performance in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup against RB Leipzig. The next relegation final for Werder will take place at FC Augsburg next week. Leverkusen remains sixth and continues to have the best prospects of reaching the Europa League.
“The team has to fight unconditionally and be brave,” Kohfeldt said before the game. And so Werder bit, rummaged and straddled – the green-whites, who had to do without the regular defenders Marco Friedl and Ömer Toprak due to injury, played a game, but as expected, not very much.
On the other hand, Bayer initially struggled with the home side’s tough pace. Driven by midfielder Kerem Demirbay, Leverkusen naturally had more of the game, the fast outside Leon Bailey and Karim Bellarabi tried again and again to put pressure on, but there were no real scoring chances for the time being.
Bayer 04 with problems because of Werder’s pace
As the length of the game increased, Werder also invested a little more in the offensive, but a standard situation had to serve for the first good chance – but Niclas Füllkrug’s header (56th) after a corner did not bring anything.
Because Bremen then lost their strength and the risk was increased a bit, Bayer was given more space. So the game remained anything but high-class until the end, but it was very, very intense.