In the penultimate Bundesliga clash of matchday 15, Werder Bremen managed to earn a point against VfB Stuttgart. It was a hard-fought clash, but Anthony Ujah's second-half strike canceled out Lukas Rupp's opener to keep the hosts in the relegation zone.
Rupp edges hosts ahead
Like quite a few Bundesliga games this weekend, it was a tough start to the match. Both teams had been soundly beaten in the weeks leading up to the game, and were keen to avoid a repeat performance this time round. That much was evident from the opening stages, though it only added to the tension and nervousness inside the ground.
Any early chances were for the hosts and both Daniel Schwaab and Timo Baumgartl headed over in quick succession from corners. There was some controversy to boot, as the latter seemed to bring down Ujah in the box; Florian Mayer waved play on, however.
There would be a bitter end to that passage of play for Bremen, who went behind soon after. Filip Kostic burst past Theodore Gebre Selassie before whipping in a great cross before the bye-line. Rupp was ready and waiting at the back post, and a thunderous volley saw the ball sneak under the bar and in; a deserved lead for the hosts.
Ujah strikes back
Bremen, despite losing Zlatko Junuzovic to injury early on, began to play better in the second half and his replacement - Florian Grillitsch - managed to feed through Ujah, who had his shot brilliantly saved by Przemysław Tytoń.
The visitors then got a stroke of luck to level the game. Clemens Fritz's long range effort was heading well wide but caught the unsuspecting Toni Sunjic unawares. The deflection fell straight to Anthony Ujah, and the Nigerian made no mistake and tucked the ball home. It could have been even better for Bremen, but Levin Öztunali was denied by the bar and the game ended level. In truth, it was a result that helped neither side.