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  • February 27, 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 37500

Live Commentary

  • That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed tonight's coverage. Until next time, all the best!
  • Leverkusen move to within 12 points of Dortmund, but missed out on a great chance to pull six clear of Bayern Munich, their top rivals for second place. It's a shame for the Werkself. Bremen, meanwhile, edge just clear of the relegation zone, and are now 15th, with 25 points from 24 matches.
  • FULL TIME! Bremen seemed dead and buried but managed to escape with a draw! It's only a point, but the Hanseaten can take some confidence from coming back from the brink of defeat to draw with the team that sits second in the Bundesliga table.
  • 90' + 2'
    Following a poor clearance, Hunt curls in a perfect cross to Proedl, who nods in the equaliser! Amazing!
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Aaron Hunt
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Sebastian Prödl
  • 90' + 1'
  • 90'
    KIESSLING! Oh, just wide! That could have finished off the tie...will Leverkusen be punished? 3 minutes to be added...
  • 88'
    SubstitutionG. Castro Manuel Friedrich
  • 87'
    Yellow/Red Arturo Vidal
  • 87'
    VIDAL IS SENT OFF! A rash challenge on Fritz sees the Chilean earn his marching orders! Jupp Heynckes is livid, and has to bring on Manuel Friedrich for Castro...
  • 86'
    PIZARRO.. DENIED! INCREDIBLE! The Peruvian is in on goal, but Adler makes a remarkable save!
  • 85'
    As it turns out, that last goal has been awarded to Kiessling - it is an own goal...
  • 84'
    There it is, the life coming back into the Bremen squad... Incidentally, the last five matches between these clubs have ended in draws.
  • 83'
    Brilliant! The youngster Trinks plays in a gorgeous cross from the left and under suspicion of offside, Mertesacker sticks out a leg to redirect the ball into the net. GAME ON!
  • 82'
    Assist Florian Trinks
  • 82'
    Own Goal Stefan Kießling
  • 82'
  • 81'
    SubstitutionEren Derdiyok Stefan Kießling
  • 81'
    Derdiyok is limping around on the sideline and is unable to continue. He is replaced by Stefan Kiessling.
  • 79'
    That looks painful - Derdiyok takes a knock to his ankle and play continues. He receives the ball and tries to win a throw-in, then goes down to the jeers of the Bremen faithful.
  • 77'
    Bremen look a defeated side now - after that last shot was saved, Leverkusen have dropped back to absorb pressure, but the hosts have no sense of urgency...
  • 74'
    WAGNER! WHAT A SAVE BY ADLER! It's just one of those days for Bremen - Hunt plays a good ball in to Wagner whose diving header is brilliantly stopped by Adler. A bit of chaos ensues before the ball is eventually cleared.
  • 73'
    Free kick for the hosts, but for all their tall men, nothing comes. Leverkusen break forward and Renato Augusto does well to keep his volley low, but Adler is well positioned to make a catch save.
  • 70'
    By the way, with his first touch of the game, Arnautovic fired a good shot with some venom towards the left side of goal, but it fizzed just wide. He nearly made a game of it!
  • 69'
    SubstitutionSidney Sam Michael Ballack
  • 69'
    Substitutions now - Marko Arnautovic replaces Schmidt for Bremen and for the visitors, Michael Ballack is on For Sam
  • 68'
    SubstitutionDominik Schmidt Marko Arnautovic
  • 68'
    Leverkusen make it look too easy. Castro threads the ball through to Derdiyok who is marked by Fritz, but lays off to the unmarked Rolfes. The skipper lines up his shot with plenty of time and fires in at the far post.
  • 68'
    Leverkusen make it look too easy. Castro threads the ball through to Derdiyok who is marked by Fritz, but lays off to the unmarked Rolfes. The skipper lines up his shot with plenty of time and fires in at the far post.
  • 67'
    Goal Simon Rolfes
  • 67'
    Assist Eren Derdiyok
  • 67'
    TOOOOOOOOR ROLFES! And that surely has won the game for Leverkusen!
  • 66'
    Pizarro goes down and wants a free kick but none is rewarded! That could have been a red card for Schwaab...
  • 66'
    Pizarro goes down and wants a free kick but none is rewarded! That could have been a red card for Schwaab...
  • 64'
    Oh, nearly a chance for Leverkusen but again Mertesacker sticks out his leg to intercept a through ball as it was on its way to Derdiyok!
  • 62'
    Marin wastes a corner before Hunt loses possession. Renato Augusto sprints into a vacuum in the centre of the park (where Bargfrede might have been before his substitution), but has nobody to serve on the right, and runs into a wall of defence.
  • 60'
    And Marin is on! the 21-year old replaces Bargfrede, meaning that Fritz is Bremen's only defensive midfielder now...
  • 59'
    SubstitutionPhilipp Bargfrede Marko Marin
  • 58'
    Marko Marin receiving instructions from Schaaf now - who will the crafty attacker replace?
  • 57'
    The hosts break forward before Kadlec clatters into Pizarro, but no free kick is given. Things just aren't clicking for either side right now.
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Daniel Schwaab
  • 56'
    Eesh, dangerous play by Schwaab, who goes into the book after showing his studs in a challenge on Bargfrede. Free kick to Bremen.
  • 54'
    This is bizarre, Thomas Schaaf is waving the linesman's flag...the referee must have dropped it
  • 52'
    CHANCE FOR BREMEN! Oh, excellent goalkeeping by Adler! Pizarro is through with no defender anywhere near him. Adler races off his line to make a slide tackle, and manages to win a throw-in in the process! Brilliant!
  • 50'
    BARGFREDE! Excellent play by the holding midfielder, who partakes in a rather impressive dribble sequence before flashing an effort just wide! This all comes after Fritz rode a tackle well and nearly found his target with a cross. Much better from the hosts.
  • 49'
    Back to the action on the pitch, Trinks tries to thread the ball through to Pizarro, who is flagged offside. The Bremen back line could take a lesson in stepping forward from their Leverkusen counterparts.
  • 48'
    Frings, by the way, confirmed recently that he will retire at season's end.
  • 47'
    On a side note, it's a shame that we won't be able to see old Germany colleagues Torsten Frings and Michael Ballack square off in this match. The former is suspended and while the latter may feature, he is yet to come on...
  • 46'
  • The players are back on the pitch now and it appears that there have been no substitutions. We're about to start now...
  • It wasn't the liveliest of halves, but Leverkusen put away their chance, and that is the difference thus far. Bremen will have to go for it in the second half - surely there will be more goals in this one. I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you up to date...
  • Hyypia makes a good challenge on Wagner to deny a chance and Derdiyok wins a free kick from Pizarro before the whistle is blown for HALF TIME!
  • 45'
    One minute to be added now; Leverkusen apppear satisfied to pass around the back and run out time.
  • 43'
    And the striker gets the better of Wiese this time! Derdiyok rises far above Schmidt to emphatically nod in Castro's corner! 1-0 it is!
  • 42'
    Assist G. Castro
  • 42'
    Goal Eren Derdiyok
  • 42'
  • 41'
    DERDIYOK!!! Great save by Wiese! Sam plays a good ball in to the striker who controls well and fires a great effort that Wiese parries just wide of the post!
  • 38'
    FRITZ! Good 20-yard effort from the right back-turned midfielder, whose shot is stopped by Adler. Wagner is poised to pounce on the rebound, but the Leverkusen goalkeeper manages to pick up the ball just ahead of him
  • 37'
    SubstitutionTim Borowski Aaron Hunt
  • 37'
    Aaron Hunt comes on to replace Borowski, who may have picked up a concussion earlier. Bremen now will be a bit more attack-minded with Hunt in the line-up.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Clemens Fritz
  • 36'
    And now Fritz goes into the book after a rash tackle from behind on Vidal! This one's starting to get rather testy...
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Prödl
  • 34'
    Renato Augusto races forward and is felled by Proedl, who claims his innocence, but surely knew what he was doing. Free kick for Leverkusen, and a booking for Proedl.
  • 31'
    Borowski is in again...but offside! He really has been playing high up the pitch, which begs the question: why not use Marko Marin instead? His finishing is much better...
  • 30'
    GOAL! No, OFFSIDE! What a let-off! Vidal's shot is blocked, Sam's follow-up finds Castro, whose shot is saved before Derdiyok puts the ball in...but is called offside.
  • 29'
    Derdiyok brilliantly skips across the edge of the penalty area and threads a gorgeous through ball, but Mertesacker sticks out one of his extra-long legs to intercept!
  • 26'
    BOROWSKI! SAVED! What a missed chance! Trinks crosses to Wagner who plays a dummy, and Borowski is wide open at the edge of the penalty area. His finish is that of a defensive player - poor and straight at Adler, who saves easily. Poor, poor effort from the former Germany international
  • 25'
    Ooh, close call for the visitors! Castro plays a nice cross with the outside of his right foot and Silvestre is caught ball-watching. Sam is just behind it but eventually reaches the ball and turns, but his final shot loops over the bar.
  • 23'
    Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
  • 23'
    Vidal goes into the book for a silly act. He wins a free kick in his defending half, then throws the ball at the back of Wagner, his offender. That is only his second booking of the campaign...
  • 22'
    Borowski is flattened! As he for a header, the former Germany international collides with Schmidt and looks to be down for the count, but eventually gets back to his feet.
  • 21'
    Oh, that was close! Trinks is wide open near the edge of the penalty box but Pizarro's ball skips off the slick surface just ahead of the youngster, who can only bring down the ball near the byline. By that time, the Leverkusen defence is settled.
  • 19'
    Ah, that's better from the hosts! Trinks plays a superb long ball forward to Borowski, who lets it bounce before volleying towards the far post. The shot doesn't quite have enough power, however, and Adler saves quite comfortably
  • 18'
    This match really could use a goal. The pace is rather sluggish; not fast enough to force any mistakes.
  • 16'
    No way into the attacking third for Bremen as Hyypia intercepts a pass and starts the break. Sam tries a through ball, but it's weak and intercepted.
  • 14'
    Lovely passing between Vidal and Castro! The pair connect again and again before Kadlec is set up in the left side of the penalty area...his final shot does no justice for the efforts made before and sails over the bar.
  • 11'
    TRINKS! Oh, that was unfortunate from the youngster... He wins the ball off Vidal on the left and bears down on goal before striking a powerful but wayward shot over the bar. He had to fire in a blast from that angle, but should have kept it down.
  • 10'
    OH! So close to the opener for Leverkusen! Following a free kick on the left flank, Rolfes comes within an inch of properly connecting with a header and the ball flashes just wide!
  • 8'
    Nervy moment for the hosts as Wiese considers coming out to claim a cross but lets it go. Sam and Schmidt duel for it before the latter wins out.
  • 6'
    Here's something new - Bremen are playing quite defensively. The hosts seem not to mind conceding most of the possession.
  • 4'
    Bremen struggling now to deal with relentless pressure from the visitors, who seem to always be first to the ball! Wiese struggles to punch a cross clear before Sam beats Schmidt and Pizarro. The ball is eventually cleared from danger and Wagner wins a free kick in the centre circle.
  • 3'
    Kadlec finds Castro with a chipped ball, and the winger manages to win the first corner of the match...
  • 1'
    AND WE'RE UNDERWAY FROM THE WESERSTADION! Bremen kick off and Trinks plays a clever through ball to Pizarro who is through on goal, but flagged offside. A bright start nonetheless for the hosts.
  • The players are on the pitch now - referee Deniz Aytekin is exchanging pleasantries with captains Rolfes and Mertesacker...
  • Tonight marks Florian Trinks' first ever Bundesliga start. The 18-year old midfielder netted an extra time winner against the Netherlands in the 2009 U-17 Euro final, and is considered a bright prospect.
  • Leverkusen will line up in a 4-2-3-1 shape as follows: Adler - Schwaab, Reinartz, Hyypia, Kadlec - Vidal, Rolfes - Sam, Renato Augusto, Castro - Derdiyok
  • The starting line-ups are in now. Bremen will take the shape of a 4-3-2-1 formation as follows: Wiese - Schmidt, Mertesacker, Proedl, Silvestre - Fritz, Bargfrede, Borowski - Pizarro, Trinks - Wagner
  • Leverkusen, by contrast, are in excellent form: die Werkself have won their last two domestic matches, and recently completed an aggregate 6-0 thumping of Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League.
  • Bremen enter tonight's match in dreadful form; the Hanseaten lost the Nordderby to Hamburg last week and as a result sunk into the relegation zone. Their squad nonetheless consists of many classy players and one can only assume they will pull things together before season's end.
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you companny for the next two hours or so...