As it happened: Werder Bremen secure Bundesliga safety on away goals against Heidenheim


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Full Time: 1.FC Heidenheim 2-2 Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen secure themselves a spot in the 2020/21 Bundesliga season and Heidenheim narrowly miss out on relegation.

An extraordinary contest, Heidenheim were just defeated on away goals after they equalled the scoring in the final minute through a penalty.

The small team from the 2. Bundesliga did themselves proud however against the Bundesliga's longest-serving team, but their fairytale story just wasn't to be.

I've been Adam Millington, thank you for tuning into's LIVE coverage of 1. FC Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen

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Kleindienst gets his brace with an expertly-done penalty
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Heidenheim have a penalty in the final minutes, although it won't mean much
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Werder secure their survival, Müller left all alone at the back and Augustinsson slots into an open goal
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90+2' Bremen doing whatever they can to run down the clock now
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90' Five minutes of added time
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88' Only two minutes left now, can Werder hold on or can Heidenheim do the unthinkable?
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87' It's worth a reminder that Bremen will win this game on away goals as it stands
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It's hit from range by Mohr and its Kleindienst who taps in after it deflects off the bar. We're in for an exciting final few minutes!
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84' Not long left now, surely Bremen have done it?
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82' Klaassen hits it from range but it lands on the top of the net
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81' Multhaup receives a yellow card for a slide tackle on Klaasen
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80' Two subs for the visitors as Rashica and Velijkovic make way for Füllkrug and Langkamp
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79' Heidenheim still attacking really well here but they just haven't had that clinical edge
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76' Heidenheim still attacking well but it's hard to see any way for them to get back into the game
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75' Quarter of an hour left
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53' Busch nods the ball behind and its a corner for Bremen
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72' Free-kick for Werder Bremen in their own half after a defender is taken down by a Heidenheim player
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71' Twenty minutes left and still all to play for with both sides competing at a high intensity
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66' It seems to be that there were quite a few Heidenheim fans who had found their way into the ground but they have been escorted out
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64' Under 30 minutes left and the game has evened out
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60' Resulting corner is cleared
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59' Josh Sargent goes all the way but is stopped at the last second by Müller
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58' Augustinsson finds himself free in the box but it's another great block on the line
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58' Corner cleared by Heidenheim
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58' Josh Sargent tries to attack but his shot is deflected behind
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57' The corner reaches a Bremen player at the back post but it's cleared off the line
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56' Bremen have the ball inside of the box but last-gasp defending sees the ball deflected out for a corner
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54' Bremen have found themselves on the back foot since the second half started
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52' Ball goes out at the by-line and its a goal kick for Pavlenka
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ICYMI: Two subs for Heidenheim at the break. Otto replaced Schnatterer and Schimmer replaced Thomalla
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50' Osako has space in front of goal for Werder but its a good block by a Heidenheim defender
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50' Heidenheim have started this second half much better and have had lots of good opportunities
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48' Close again! Otto receives the ball in the middle of the box but his header is just wide
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47' So close! Heidenheim have the ball inside of the box after a corner but one player fires over the bar
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46' Better already for Heidenheim as Pavlenka is forced into a save early on
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Second half underway!

The second half has started
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Second half to start soon!

There's not long until the second half starts
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Half Time: 1. FC Heidenheim 0-1 Werder Bremen

It's Theuerkauf's early own goal that give Werder the lead going into the break.

Stay tuned for LIVE updates of the second half

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45+3' Werder go forward via Eggestein and Sargent but it's cleared
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3 minutes added on
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44' Heidenheim getting back into it now and passing the ball well around their own defence
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42' Not long left in the first half and its still all to play for, albeit the visitors now have the advantage of an away goal
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40' Bremen still on top but Heidenheim have started to get into the match
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36' Heidenheim go forwards but are adjudged to be offside
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35' He's now back up
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34' A Heidenheim player is pushed out on the wing and is clutching his ankle
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33' That noise is getting annoying now
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32' Werder still looking the side on top
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30' Heidenheim slowly getting into the game but they're not leaving much to be desired
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28' First time that Heidenheim go forwards but the ball goes behind the goal
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26' To be honest, apart from the early own goal, the main talking point has been those in the stands.

There's one with a horn, one with a drum and one with what seem to be some pans that they're hitting together.

That's lockdown football.

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25' Sargent is down and clutching his back
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23' If there's one thing that the visitors are leaving to be desired then its Josh Sargent's performance.

The USMNT youngster has seemed off the mark

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23' Heidenheim are really struggling
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19' Bremen have been a joy to watch today, Heidenheim have struggled to get outside of their own half
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17' Much of the same, Werder are playing fluid passing football going forwards, focusing on Osaka and Sargent up top
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15' Quarter of an hour gone and it's been all Bremen so far. They have really changed for the better since the first leg
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12' Heidenheim have struggled today and the visitors look far better
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10' Klaasen heads the corner but it's straight into the arms of the keeper
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10' VAR check for handball says it did not hit the Heidenheim player's hand and the corner will take place
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10' Werder have a corner
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9' Rashica hits it from range and it's saved brilliantly by Müller in the Heidenheim goal
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8' Heidenheim have struggled to get started in this game and Werder look the far better
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6' Bremen have started as the better of the two by far, attacking much better than in the first leg
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I still can't believe how that has happened. If that was from a Bremen player it would have been an incredible finish
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The goal which Werder Bremen could have only have dreamt of came early on. Rashica plays it to Eggestein and its an incredible own goal as Theuerkauf chips his own keeper from the edge of the box
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3' It's already started more quickly than the first leg, with Bremen attacking with a high press
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1' Here we go!

The first half is underway
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Only a short while until kickoff
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Werder in new kit tonight

Werder Bremen will play in a new kit from Umbro for tonight's game
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Heidenheim fantastic at home

1. FC have been incredible at home this season in the 2. Bundesliga.

Across their 17 games, they have only lost two and have won in eleven.

Heidenheim top scorer Tim Kleindienst has scored 13 of his 14 goals this season in games at home.

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Pizarro's final match

Tonight will the final match of one of the Bundesliga's longest servants.

At 41 years of age, Claudio Pizarro will end his professional career after tonight after playing in four different decades. 

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15 minutes left

A quarter of an hour to go until kickoff in Heidenheim
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How to watch on TV and Stream

For those in the UK, the game is available to watch live on BT Sport 1

For those in the USA, the game is available to watch live on Fox Sports 2

If you want to follow along on the internet, VAVEL UK is the best option

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Four former Bremeners in Heidenheim's side

There are four players in Heidenheim's defence this season who have also featured for Werder Bremen.

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Those players are Marnon Busch, Patrick Mainka, Norman Theuerkauf and Oliver Husing. Three of those four start tonight and will be aiming to send their former club down to the 2. Bundesliga

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30 minutes left!

There's only half an hour left until kickoff in Heidenheim.

Werder Bremen are the longest-serving side in Germany's top flight, and they have been in every game since the 1980/81 season. Will tonight see a change to that run?

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45 minutes to go!

We're fast approaching kickoff in tonight's game between 1.FC Heidenheim and SV Werder Bremen
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Heidenheim: Starting Lineup

Here's how the hosts will line up tonight:
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Werder Bremen substitutes

Werder Bremen have announced their substitutes, with Claudio Pizarro on the bench
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Werder Bremen: Team News now in!

Here's how the green-whites will line up for tonight's game:
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A sunny Voith-Arena

It doesn't look as if the weather, which was a large factor when a rainstorm overcame the Weserstadion on Thursday, will be a problem during today's game
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90 minutes to go!

There’s only an hour and a half left until kickoff at the Voith-Arena, with Team news due in 30 minutes


Stay tuned for LIVE pre-match updates here on VAVEL UK

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Previous Heidenhiem home tie

It's only the second time that Heidenheim have hosted Werder Bremen, with the last time occurring back in the 2011 DFB Pokal.

On that day, the underdogs were victorious against a Bremen side who were heavy favourites.

Why not watch back the highlights from Heidenheim's previous 2-1 victory

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First taste of the Bundesliga for Heidenheim?

The home side are very close to being able to secure Bundesliga football for the first time in their history.

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Since they were founded in 1952, they have only been in the second division for the past four years but everything looks on the up in Baden-Württemberg.

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3 hours to go!

There's three hours until kickoff at this evening's game in Heidenheim.

Will Werder manage to stay up or will Heidenheim earn promotion?

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Pizarro's swansong

Peruvian international Claudio Pizarro will play his final game as a professional footballer for Werder Bremen tonight, first joining the club in 1999 and having five separate spells with them since then.
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Can Werder stay up?

Werder Bremen have been in the top flight for longer than any other side and today is their last chance to secure a Bundesliga spot for next season.

Last-day heroics saw them earn a place in the relegation, but tonight will be the decider for if they stay up or not.

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First leg highlights

Ahead of tonight's game, why not watch the highlights of the first leg of the game?

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How to watch Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen 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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Werder Bremen: Predicted Lineup

Pavlenka, Selassie, Veljkovic, Vogt, Friedl, Eggestein, Gross, Klaassen, Bittencourt, Fullkrug, Rashica
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Heidenheim: Predicted Lineup

Muller, Busch, Mainka, Beermann, Theuerkauf, Griesbeck, Dorsch, Thomalla, Schnatterer, Multhaup, Kleindienst
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Werder Bremen: Team News

Bremen will be without their captain for Monday’s contest, as Niklas Moisander was sent off in the 1st leg after receiving two yellow cards.

Luckily for the Green-Whites, they will have Kevin Vogt available for selection again, as he has served his suspension that ruled him out last time around.

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1. FC Heidenheim: Team News

Heidenheim have no fresh injury concerns going into the game. Defender Arne Feick didn’t feature in the first leg last Thursday, although he might be able to return to the team if need be for the upcoming contest. 
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Weak first leg

The first leg of the playoff was not the most exciting one to watch, with neither side impressing.

There was only a single shot on target throughout the entire match, with each team having only six shots

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The decider

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg tonight's game will be the decider for if Heidenheim manage to secure promotion to the Bundesliga, or if Werder Bremen can avoid the drop
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Kick-off time

Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen will be played at the Voith-Arena, in Heidenheim, 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 playoff: Heidenheim vs Werder Bremen! 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