Jubilee victory and record points for Urs Fischer: The coach continues to march through the Bundesliga with Union Berlin and has plunged Werder Bremen into a crisis for the time being. At the end of the first half of the season, Union did not deserve to win 2-1 (1-1) against the Hanseatic League, Janik Haberer (18th) and Kevin Behrens (46th) turned the game around with their goals and ensured Fischer’s 50th Bundesliga victory in 119th Game. For Bremen, who improved four days after the 1:7 at 1. FC Köln, the interim lead by Amos Pieper (14th) was not enough.
Union, second in the table after the hard-earned success, now has 33 points on their side, more than ever before in the first half of the season, and only three fewer than table leaders and record champions Bayern Munich. For Werder it was the fourth defeat in a row, the promoted team is stuck in no man’s land in the table.
“We overlook Bremen’s last game, a lot just went wrong there,” Fischer said before the game. The Swiss warned his team not to underestimate the Hanseatic League despite their desolate performance in Cologne and immediately placed his trust in Josip Juranovic three days after his commitment. And Werder should quickly agree with Fischer. After a free kick by Marvin Ducksch, Pieper headed in from close range. But the lead didn’t give the Hanseatic League security for long, and Pieper just blundered with a very bad back pass shortly afterwards – Haberer took advantage of the misfortune coldly.
All in all, Werner’s team, who had only changed his starting eleven in two positions compared to the debacle in Cologne, appeared more robust. Not everything worked again for a long time, but Union seemed to be quite impressed. When Sheraldo Becker scored a dream goal shortly before the break, Bremen was only saved by video evidence that had recognized a handball around the origin of the goal. Werder was always dangerous, but Union took advantage of mistakes cold. 51 seconds after the restart, Behrens was simply much more alert than the entire Bremen defense at a corner. Niclas Füllkrug and his colleagues didn’t give up, Werder tried everything – and so it remained exciting until the end.