As it happened: Werder Bremen 0-0 Heidenheim in 2020 Bundesliga Playoff


21:212 years ago
90+2' into the second minute of four added on. Heidenheim come close from a corner but it just misses the goal
21:182 years ago
89' Not long left and it's not been the most exciting of games. The second leg will be a big one
21:162 years ago
87' Moisander receives a second yellow card and will miss the next leg
21:122 years ago
83' It's the first shot on target of the game and it's for Werder!
21:102 years ago
81' Still nobody looking like scoring and no shots on target
21:052 years ago
77' Augustinsson replaces Marco Friedl for Bremen
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75' Rashica hits a free-kick but its straight into the wall
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72' Heidenheim play in a cross but it's easily collected by Pavlenka
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69' Otto and Schnatterer replace Multhaup and Thomalla for Heidenheim
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67' It's not been the prettiest of games to watch and still neither side have had a shot on target
20:552 years ago
67' Heidenheim go forwards but can't trouble the goalkeeper
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65' Good effort from Rashica but it doesn't hit the target
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64' Free-kick for Bremen around 35 yards out
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62' Heidenheim are having a bit more action inside of Bremen's half at the moment
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62' Neither side have really come close to scoring so far and the addition of the weather conditions won't help.
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59' Bare with me if there is a pause in any reporting. The TV stream is often dropping out due to the lightning
20:472 years ago
58' There's currently a thunderstorm above the ground with heavy rain and lightning
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57' The biggest thing of the game so far is just how much the horn over the TV stream is annoying everybody who's watching
20:422 years ago
53' Game still lacking that edge of intensity
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51' Bremen players keep trying to fire off shots but they are all blocked by the Heidenheim defence
20:392 years ago
51' Poor set piece from Bremen
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50' Rashica is brought down on the byline at the corner 
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48' The second half has started similarly to how the first ended - neither side looking promising
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46' The second half is underway!
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There's not too long until the second half gets underway at the Weserstadion. Can anybody score a goal? There were no shots on target in the first half
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43' Bremen picking up now but still not looking too threatening

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42' Nothing comes from the corner
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41' Bremen fire a free-kick forwards but it is headed behind for a corner
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40' Forty minutes now gone and the game has picked up pace a little but not a lot.

Neither side look like scoring

20:072 years ago
37' Rashica's free-kick is denied by the wall
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35' Werder Bremen have a free-kick just outside of the box
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34' Yellow card for Osako after he brings down a Heidenheim player while getting absolutely nowhere near the ball
20:032 years ago
33' Heidenheim looking marginally better than Werder Bremen but they still haven't looked likely to score
20:002 years ago
30' half an hour gone and it's been much of the same.


Not the most enjoyable game to watch

19:582 years ago
28' Header from Osako is wide
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28' Bremen have a free kick going forwards
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25' Kleindeinst drives in a shot but is adjudged to have been offside
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24' Neither side have offered too much so far
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20' Twenty minutes gone and neither side have looked too much like scoring
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18' Moisander receives a yellow card for Bremen
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16' Quarter of an hour gone and it's been a pretty evenly-matched game.

Heidenheim's main part of their football has been their counter-attacking play and that will be something which Bremen really have to watch out for

19:442 years ago
14' The ball goes out behind the goal and Heidenheim have a goal kick
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14' Bremen going forward with the ball now
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11' Heidenheim arguably the better of the two sides so far, playing good counter-attacking football
19:412 years ago
10' Heidenheim have a shot but it just goes wide of the post
19:392 years ago
9' End-to-end football so far with both sides having a good share of the football
19:352 years ago
5' Nothing comes from the corner
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5' It's cleared by Bremen and a corner for the visitors
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4' It doesn't reach anybody and Heidenheim counter
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4' Bremen have a free-kick around 40 yards out
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3' The corner cannot be met in the middle and it goes all the way back to Jiri Pavlenka
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2' Corner for Bremen after Osako's cross is blocked
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2' Bremen have a free-kick inside of their own half
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1' Fullkrug comes together with a Heidenheim and the visitors get us started
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1' We're underway!

Werder Bremen get us started
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It's winner-takes-all high-stakes football tonight as Werder host Heidenheim.

Kickoff in a couple of minutes

19:212 years ago

Heidenheim on the up

In the past 12 years, Heidenheim have seen themselves promoted from the fifth division to the 2.Bundesliga.

Can they go one step further?

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15 minutes to go!

There's only a quarter of an hour before we kick off at the Weserstadion
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Stats in Werder's favour

Since 1982, the Bundesliga side have won 72% off the playoff games. Union Berlin won last year against Stuttgart to break the mold, can Heidenheim do the same?
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Second meeting of the season

Despite being in different divisions, tonight isn't the first time that Werder and Heidenheim have faced each other this seasonThe two met in the DFB Pokal back in October, with the Bundesliga side 4-1 victors
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Ahead of tonight's game, why not watch this video on 1.FC Heidenheim courtesy of DW Sports
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30 minutes to go!

There's half an hour to go until we kick off!
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Heidenheim: Starting Lineup

Heidenheim have announced their starting XI
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Not long to go!

There are 45 minutes until kickoff in Bremen, with the home side looking to avoid a first year outside of the Bundesliga since 1980.

Stay tuned for LIVE updates as it happens here on

18:402 years ago

Heidenheim: Starting XI

50 mintues left but we're still waiting for Heidenheim's team
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Werder Bremen: Starting XI

Here's how the hosts line up
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A very german thank you

"You deliver, we deliver!"

To thank Union Berlin for defeating Fortuna Düsseldorf and helping Werder Bremen to achieve the playoff spot, Bremen fans have bought the Union players 100 crates of beer.

18:102 years ago
With not long to go until kickoff at the Weserstadion, why not have a read of Adnan Basic's full match preview?


It is available to read here

17:182 years ago

Who are Heidenheim?

Ahead of tonight's game, VAVEL writer Craig Bratt took a look at the away side.

You can read his article here

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It's matchday and there are just under three hours to go until kickoff at the Weserstadion. Follow along for LIVE updates of the first leg of the Bundesliga playoffs here on
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Do not miss a detail of the match with the live updates and commentaries of VAVEL. Follow along with us all the details, commentaries, analysis and lineups for Werder Bremen vs 1.FC Heidenheim
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How to watch Werder Bremen vs Heidenheim Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on TV, your options are: BT Sport 1

If you want to directly stream it: BT Sport app

If you want to watch it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!

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1.FC Heidenheim: Predicted Lineup

Muller, Busch, Mainka, Beermann, Fohrenbach, Griesbeck, Dorsch, Leipertz, Schnatterer, Mohr, Kleindienst
19:512 years ago

Werder Bremen: Predicted Lineup

Pavlenka, Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl, Eggestein, Bargfrede, Klaassen, Osako, Fullkrug, Rashica
19:452 years ago

1.FC Heidenheim: Team News

Heidenheim only have a few injury concerns of their own to deal with. Maximilian Thiel is out with a knee issue, while Oliver Husing hasn’t recovered from his ankle problem. There is a chance Arne Feick could make his return to the team, however, as he’s now fit after picking up a knock recently.
19:452 years ago

Werder Bremen: Team News

Bremen will be without defender Kevin Vogt, who’s suspended for the first leg due to yellow card accumulation. The midfield pair of Kevin Mohwald and Nuri Sahin are also unavailable for selection, as neither has recovered from the injuries that have ruled them out since the restart.

There is some good news for the Green-Whites, as Sebastian Langkamp has recently returned to training, and could feature if needed be. The player is still listed as doubtful at the moment, though.

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Heidenheim looking up

1.FC Heidenheim. A relatively small club from a modest 15,000 capacity stadium. They've already set aside HSV, can they now spoil Bremen's hopes of staying up?

They've played well throughout this season and were gifted a position in the playoff through the most Hamburg of slip-ups from Hamburg. Their first leg is away in Bremen on Thursday night before they play them at home for the return - could we see Heidenheim in the Bundesliga next season?

19:412 years ago

Bremen's sights set on promotion

Werder Bremen's aim for the relegation playoff is simple. Win.

The green-whites have not played outside of the Bundesliga for forty years, which is a measure of just how much of a surprise it would be to see them drop down to the second tier

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It's a massive game for both sides, Werder Bremen looking to avoid the drop and Heidenheim looking to achieve promotion to the Bundesliga
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Kickoff time

Werder Bremen vs 1. FC Heidenheim will be played at the Weserstadion, in Bremen, Germany. The kick-off is scheduled at 19:30 BST.
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Welcome to VAVEL UK’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 Bundesliga relegation playoff: Werder Bremen vs Heidenheim!
My name is Adam Millington and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on