At the last moment Werder Bremen brought a desolate season to a happy end and secured a late class stay with a 2-2 (1-0) win at 1. FC Heidenheim.
In the relegation second leg on Monday evening, the Bremen team took the lead early on through an own goal by Heidenheim’s Norman Theuerkauf (3rd minute). Tim Kleindienst (85.) once again caused excitement and a gripping final phase with the 1-1. A win by the hosts would have sealed Werder’s first relegation in 40 years after the 0-0 in the first leg. Ludwig Augustinsson (90. + 4) shot the Bremen in the lead, the 2: 2, a penalty kick by Kleindienst (90. + 6), could then get over the guests thanks to the away goals rule.
Frank Schmidt, on the other hand, missed the temporary crowning of his almost 13 years as an FCH coach and remains with his team in the second division. The long career of the 41-year-old Werder attacker Claudio Pizarro, on the other hand, has come to a conciliatory end. When Pizarro moved to Werder in the Bundesliga in 1999, Heidenheim hadn’t even played in the top division.
The Heidenheimers made more noise in the stands than in the square. The delegation from the Swabian club had brought a cowbell, drum and even a siren, but this did not unsettle the guests. Werder performed confidently over long distances in one of the highest stadiums in Germany. After less than a minute, a cross from Ludwig Augustinsson landed at Joshua Sargent’s feet, who, unsurprisingly, was unable to push the ball from a meter across the line.
50 Heidenheim fans almost turn things around
A few seconds later, a Heidenheimer put the Bremen in the lead instead. After a technical mistake by Sargent on the edge of the penalty area, Theuerkauf unluckily pushed the ball into his own goal. Before the game, Kohfeldt had spoken of “trust” in their own abilities. This trust returned with the early leadership gate.
In the middle of the second round, about 50 Heidenheim fans came to the stands and made a loud noise. Bremen’s managing director Klaus Filbry was equally upset about it. A few minutes later they were gone. Kleindienst caused tension with his equalizer – but the sensation failed to materialize.
Heidenheim (2nd League) – Werder Bremen 2: 2 (0: 1). Goals: 3. Theuerkauf (own goal) 0: 1. 85. Small service 1: 1. 94 Augustinssson 1-2. 98. Small service (foul penalty) 2: 2.