It was as if father and son had made the decision in this northern derby between Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg. 86 minutes: Claudio Pizarro, who just turned 40 on Wednesday, gets the ball leaked by Maximilian Eggestein. His brother Johannes, 20, starts in the penalty area and "Papa" Pizarro puts him the ball precisely in the barrel. The young man does not hesitate long and sends them to 2: 0 in Wolfsburg gate. It was the first Bundesliga goal of the younger Eggestein. "Claudio hugged me and said you did well," said the "Jo-Jo" striker.
His goal has also caused Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt "pure joy". For one, it would have "hit the right person," he applauded. Someone who works hard on his footballing career. On the other hand, it was the perfect birthday present for the coach himself, who turned 36 on Friday. The former relegation candidate Werder has taken at least for 19 hours table rank two. That made Kohfeldt "satisfied", but you do not need to "compare us to all the teams at Champions League level after seven matchdays". From the European Cup sang the exuberant fans but still.
In the second half, the Bremen wobble success
The "not perfect game" (Werders Davy Klaassen) was not suitable for such comparisons. Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia has "studied us well in advance," said Werder captain Max Kruse. The sprightly VfL determined the first 25 minutes and took, almost in man, the Werder-Spielgestalter Klaassen and Maximilian Eggestein almost out of the game. In the 12th minute, the Wolfsburg came to their most dangerous opportunity. Jerôme Roussillon's ball hit the post after a defensive attempt by Niklas Moisander. Only the 1: 0 by a low shot from Klaassen in the 35th Minute freed Werder and changed the game in their favor.
But at some point it seemed as if the Bremen would manage in the second half their narrow lead only. They pushed far into the defensive and there was not much missing and VfL Wolfsburg would have equaled the 1. FC Nuremberg, who had punished three weeks earlier a similar lax Werder playing style with the 1-1 in added time. So what does a coach do to prevent such a scenario a second time? Kohfeldt chose the right solution: in the 76th minute, he brought in Claudio Pizarro for Florian Kainz and, seven minutes later, Johannes Eggestein for Yuya Osako.