Werder Bremen 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg: Sensational late turnaround gives Die Werderaner first victory of the season

Late goals from Thy and Gebre Selassie finally gave the Bremen faithful something to celebrate.

Werder Bremen 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg: Sensational late turnaround gives Die Werderaner first victory of the season
Nouri celebrates with his players after securing their first victory of the season (Picture source: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images)
Werder Bremen
2 1
Vfl Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen: Drobny, Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Bauer, Grillitsch, Fritz (Schmidt, min. 76), Junuzovic, Hajrovic (Frode, min. 90), Gnabry, Manneh (Thy, min. 72).
Vfl Wolfsburg: Casteels, Vieirinha, Bruma, Wollscheid, Horn (Rodriguez, min. 72), Arnold, Gerhardt, Błaszczykowski (Henrique, min. 62), Draxler, Seguin, Gomez.
SCORE: 0-1, min. 69, Bauer OG. 1-1, min. 86, Thy. 2-1, min. 90+1, Gebre Selassie.
REFEREE: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach). Booked: Bruma (min. 26), Seguin (min. 40), Horn (min. 49), Junuzovic (min. 61).
INCIDENTS: Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg, held at the Weserstadion in Bremen.

After four straight defeats in the Bundesliga, SV Werder Bremen finally secured their first victory of the season on Saturday evening when they defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 at the Weserstadion.

The hosts fully deserved to win the game given how well they played but they did it the hard way after going a goal down to an own goal from defender Robert Bauer.

They fought back though with goals from Lennart Thy and Theodor Gebre Selassie late on to secure a much-needed victory.

For the Wolves, though, it was another disappointing day at the office as they struggled all game and got what they deserved.

The hosts made a quick start to the game

The home side started the game on the front foot as they looked to try and get off to a positive start in a game they really needed to win.

Their pressure should have resulted in the opening goal of the game. A corner was whipped into the box to Niklas Moisander, who was unmarked in the six-yard box. The defender though somehow put his header off target when he should have scored.

The visitors though responded well as a lovely through ball found Vieirinha in the box but the right-back smashed his shot well over the bar when he should have done so much better.

The game was hard fought in the first half | Photo: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images
The game was hard fought in the first half | Photo: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images

Hosts continued to miss chances

Overall though in the first half-hour the visitors were very poor as they kept giving the ball away in dangerous areas. They almost got punished due to this as the home side won a free-kick just outside the area. Zlatko Junuzovic took it and forced Koen Casteels into make a fantastic save to keep it out.

The chances for the home side kept coming as Ousman Manneh played the ball into the path of Gebre Selassie. The defender pulled his shot a little and it went wide of the post to yet again spurn another presentable opportunity for the hosts.

Alexander Nouri at the end of the first half must have been wondering how his side was not in the lead as they were the dominant team in the first half as the visitors just couldn't get going.

Wolves were much brighter at the beginning of the second half

Finally, at the beginning of the second half, there were more signs of life from the visitors as Julian Draxler found space in the box and forced Jaroslav Drobny into making his first save of the match.

After this chance though the home side once again regained control of the match. On two separate occasions, Serge Gnabry had good half-chances for the hosts but put his shot over the bar.

Unfortunate own goal gave visitors undeserved lead

In football though when you don't take your chances you get punished and this is exactly what happened to the hosts. Jannes Horn produced a wicked cross from the left-hand side into a very dangerous area for the visitors and the unfortunate Bauer turned the ball into his own net trying to stop a certain goal from Bruno Henrique, who was ready to tap the ball into the net.

The visitors celebrate after going in front through an own goal | Photo: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images
The visitors celebrate after going in front through an own goal | Photo: Oliver Hardt / Getty Images

The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out the hosts for a bit as Henrique went close to getting a second for the hosts but Drobny made a good save to keep it down to one.

Thy and Gebre Selassie score late on to give hosts much needed win

Nouri's side though kept going in search of an equaliser and finally they got what they deserved four minutes from time. A brilliant left-footed strike from substitute Thy from inside the box drew the home side level much to the relieve of every single Bremen fan.

It nearly turned to tears straight away though when a cross found Draxler in the box and the midfielder's header was deflected onto the crossbar with Drobny beaten in the home goal.

Just as the game looked like it was going to end in a draw the home side managed to grab a late winner which was fully deserved. A corner was whipped in and defender Gebre Selassie rose to meet the ball in stoppage time and he put his header into the back of the net to start wild celebrations.

It was literally the last kick of the game which meant that Bremen at the fifth time of asking finally got off the mark in the Bundesliga with a win.