On the way to the Champions League, VfL Wolfsburg has not strayed off course at north rivals Werder Bremen. The Bundesliga third prevailed at the Hanseatic League with 2: 1 (2: 1) and thus kept up with the table runners-up RB Leipzig.
In their early lead in the eighth minute, however, the guests benefited from an own goal by Bremen’s Josh Sargent, who hit his own net with a header. With his 17th goal of the season, Wout Weghorst (42nd) extended the lead. Seconds before the half-time whistle, Kevin Möhwald scored the next goal.
In the first 45 minutes in particular, VfL dominated the event at Osterdeich against the table twelfth from the Weser. As feared by Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt, the physical superiority of the Wolfsburg was clearly noticeable. Steady on the defensive, sure-footed on the offensive – that’s how the Lower Saxony held the strings in hand.
The green-whites were still well served at the break with the narrow deficit. Weghorst, again not considered for the Dutch national team, only hit the side netting (29th), five minutes later Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka prevented another goal from a long-range shot by Maximilian Arnold.
After the break, the team of coach Oliver Glasner was determined to extend the narrow lead. The cover of the green-whites had to do hard work. In this phase, the hosts were unable to bring about relieving counter-attacks at all.
Kohfeldt reacted and replaced Romano Schmid and Sargent with Leonardo Bittencourt and Niclas Füllkrug from the 58th minute. A move that initially brought no improvement, on the contrary: Just four minutes after the double substitution, Pavlenka had to prevent the third goal twice in dire straits. Werders Davie Selke (90 + 4) had the chance to equalize shortly before the final whistle.