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by: Adam Smith


Thomas F. Starke, getty

Hundreds left the Weserstadion at half-time: after another unacceptable performance, the relegation risk for Werder Bremen becomes more and more real. Three days after the defeat 1-6 at FC Bayern Munich, the Hanseatic team suffered a 0: 5 (0: 4) defeat to FSV Mainz 05 and fumbled in desolation against the second division.

The goal for the particularly playfully convincing guests was Robin Quaison, who scored in the 10th, 19th and 38th minutes. In between was a separate goal by Werder keeper Jiri Pavlenka (15th) when the ball after a failed defense by Milos Veljkovic crashed from the post to the back of the keeper and from there over the finish line. Just before the end, Jean-Philippe met Mateta (81st).

The North Germans set a negative record for the first 45 minutes. Never in 55 years in the Bremen Bundesliga did the Green and White go four halves behind the home crowd, four goals behind. Accompanied by disappointed whistles from the fans, some of whom had already left the arena after the sideshow.

There were virtually no Werder attacks

Coach Florian Kohfeldt, who is about to start discussions about Weser, asked the protesters to fight. What he saw and 37,720 spectators at first were cramps, insecurity and sometimes even fear.

Weaknesses that the brutally effective opponent consistently used and earned him three important points in the fight for relegation. After the first goal, the audience rose to support their own team, and later hearing was heard in the large circle.

The hosts were inferior in every respect: the defense was unsorted, the ball was constantly lost in midfield and the attack was virtually non-existent for a long time. The first Werder chance was a post from Leonardo Bittencourt (42nd).

Beierlorzer-Elf can easily control the trip

After only 27 minutes, Kohfeldt replaced the particularly lethargic Nuri Sahin with the offensive power of Johannes Eggestein. This exchange had no effect even after the restart. Coach Achim Beierlorzer's team managed to clear the lead and were never in danger.

Although the Bremen team, which must play at 1. FC Köln on Saturday (03:30), now had several game shares, but there was hardly any risk to score. Kohfeldt moved restlessly through the training zone, while colleague Beierlorzer relaxed, looking at the occasional smile.

It was no phase to think of another "Weser miracle". Under coaches Otto Rehhagel and Thomas Schaaf, SV Werder on the European football scene made several seemingly inaccessible backlash in front of his own audience. But now for months on Osterdeich it was all about relegation.