Werder 3-4 Frankfurt: The Eagles ease past The River Islanders at Weserstadion

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Werder were defeated at home by Eintracht Frankfurt at Weserstadion on Sunday. Werder were keen to hang onto their position at the top of league and extend their winning run, following a 3-2 victory against Borussia Dortmund. Frankfurt had managed to pick up a single point in their matchup with FC Köln. As the table looks today, both teams are on 5 points and sit in 10th and 11th places respectively after 4 matches.

The Eagles started the match well, with an early goal from Mario Gotze in the 2nd minute. However, their lead didn’t last for long, Anthony Jung producing an equaliser in the 14th minute, bringing Werder level. The River Islanders looked to have the match under control when they scored again and increased their lead, thanks to a goal from Leonardo Bittencourt, 17 minutes in to establish a 2-1. However, the good fortune didn’t last for long. An equalizer from Randal Kolo Muani, 32 minutes in brought Frankfurt level. The Eagles then netted again and found the back of the net thanks to a goal from Jesper Lindstrom at the 39 minute mark. The score at half time was 3-2.

Frankfurt started strong in the second half and were able to dominate, with an early goal from Djibril Sow in the 48th minute. In the end though, Werder just before the final whistle hit back though thanks to a Niclas Fullkrug goal. The final result, Werder 3, Frankfurt 4.

Substitutions for Werder included Romano Schmid, Niklas Schmidt, Lee Buchanan, Ilia Gruev and Oliver Burke for Leonardo Bittencourt, Jens Stage, Anthony Jung, Christian Gross and Mitchell Weiser, repectively. Frankfurt brought on Christopher Lenz, Ansgar Knauff, Timothy Chandler, Rafael Borre and Lucas Alario, to replace Luca Pellegrini, Jesper Lindstrom, Sebastian Rode, Randal Kolo Muani and Mario Gotze.

There were bookings for Amos Pieper from Werder. For Frankfurt, Kevin Trapp, Djibril Sow and Ansgar Knauff saw yellow.

Werder will next travel to Bochum, while Frankfurt will face RB Leipzig at home.

Technical card:
Werder Bremen:Jiri Pavlenka, Amos Pieper, Marco Friedl, Milos Veljkovic, Mitchell Weiser (Oliver Burke, min.77), Christian Gross (Ilia Gruev, min.66), Jens Stage (Niklas Schmidt, min.65), Leonardo Bittencourt (Romano Schmid, min.30), Anthony Jung (Lee Buchanan, min.66), Marvin Ducksch and Niclas Fullkrug
Eintracht Frankfurt:Kevin Trapp, Kristijan Jakic, Evan N`Dicka, Tuta, Luca Pellegrini (Christopher Lenz, min.65), Jesper Lindstrom (Ansgar Knauff, min.77), Sebastian Rode (Timothy Chandler, min.78), Mario Gotze (Lucas Alario, min.86), Djibril Sow, Daichi Kamada and Randal Kolo Muani (Rafael Borre, min.86)
Goals:Mario Gotze (0-1, min. 2), Anthony Jung (1-1, min. 14), Leonardo Bittencourt (2-1, min. 17), Randal Kolo Muani (2-2, min. 32), Jesper Lindstrom (2-3, min. 39), Djibril Sow (2-4, min. 48) and Niclas Fullkrug (3-4, min. 90)