Goalkeeper Jerry Pavlenka kicked the post and waved his arms. Striker Niklas Volkrug fell to the ground and rolled backwards. Defender Marco Friedel stared into space, lost in thought. And Ole Werner? The coach of SV Werder Bremen had long since begun to raise his frustrated players with a slap on the bottom or a pinch on the cheek.
About 42,100 more people will be delighted with this emotional shift Friday evening. They filled Bremen’s Weser Arena to the last seat, built a wall of optimism from the start and did everything they could to push Werder’s side to take the decisive steps towards excellence. And it wasn’t that their team left no stone unturned for Holstein Kiel, ran too little, ran too little, or played hopelessly forward. No, the team can’t be blamed for all of that. However, Werder lost 2:3 despite a 2-0 lead. After one of those evenings that could later be considered the beginning of all the evil in the chronicle of the Bremen season.
“I am really disappointed,” said Werder defender Anthony Young.
Because while Werder’s players were lying on the grass and coach Werner comforting them, striker Simone Tyrode scored a goal at Sandhausen away from a late win at Schalke 04, accidentally sending them top of the table and pushing the unpredictable second division. He overtook Bremen, who had lost to Royal Blue 4-1 the previous week, again in a match that in many places was seen as an initial decision in the promotion race – which after just six days lost the same value as it did. Western politicians like to monitor the Russian ruble.
“I am sincerely disappointed,” said defender Anthony Young, who does not usually talk about his inner life. “It just doesn’t work that way,” Captain Friedel grumbled. Even a reticent Werner spoke of a “hit in the neck” that hit him and his team with full force. “But now we are looking forward.”
Coach Werner missed the promotion with Kiel last season
Not a bad idea, because if you look back, Werder’s coach will probably run a complicated loop in his head and bring up not so good memories there. After all, Werner knows the feeling of failure just before the end of last season, when he was still coach of his home team Holstein, who slipped with him from the direct promotion ranks shortly before the end of the season and also failed to do so. drop.
Werner is still correct in noting that a special case at the time was partly responsible for the failure, as his team was ordered to go into coronavirus quarantine multiple times during the hot phase of the season, thus out of rhythm. But you can also call it “misfortune”. And enough of the people of Bremen from that Friday evening.
There are no citations in the scientific literature that can fully explain a football match like that between Werder and Holstein. With the final whistle, the host team advanced in all recorded statistics, in possession of the ball, in the chances created, in the passes received, in the angles shot inside the penalty area. Not just in the only relevant category at the end: scoring more goals than your opponent. Kiel’s side were able to face them to the best of their ability after just two minutes when a defender clumsily fired the ball and cleared the way for striker Füllkrug 1-0. 20 minutes later, Werder’s other striker, Marvin Doksch, elegantly converted a hand penalty to make it 2-0.
You have to win two games now, “Otherwise we won’t progress,” said Marco Friedel of Bremen.
“The match starts brilliantly for us,” said defender Friedel. And perhaps it would have ended in victory if Kiel had not scored the avoidable goal just before the end of the first half whistle – after a corner kick from Kiel, several failed attempts to rid Bremen and a shot saved by Füllkrug, which counted as an own goal. “This is how we bring the opponent back into the game, and then at the end we take the game out completely,” Werner complained.
Perhaps this was an overly simplistic analysis. Because Werder got more turbulent and hit two simple goals in the back, which you shouldn’t catch up with in the upgrade race. But those were pretty much the only moments of danger Holstein could create, while Bremen missed several chances that would have pleased if they were moved into the last two games of the season against Ue and Regensburg.
For Austrian Friedel, the equation is still very simple: “We have to react and win these matches, otherwise we will not progress.” Pretty much any institute of applied mathematics would likely confirm this thesis.