Werder Bremen qualified for the second round in an exhausting cup fight. Bremen struggled against third division Jena for a long time, shaking to the end – before newcomer Chong got rid of them.
Werder Bremen reached the second round of the DFB Cup with some difficulty. The green-whites came after a near relegation from the Bundesliga in the first competitive match at the regional division FC Carl Zeiss Jena to a 2-0 (0-0) victory for more than two months. Joshua Sargent (49th) and newcomer Tahith Chong (88th) scored for Bremen.
Bremen with many simple mistakes
Werder’s trainer Florian Kohfeldt started bravely in front of 1,600 spectators at the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld in Jena and offered two tips in Davie Selke and Sargent. Milot Rashica was injured (knee contusion). The Bundesliga club was optically superior at first and got its first big chance when Theodor Gebre Selassie (18th) hit the post. Yuya Osako narrowly failed with a long shot (25th).
As in the previous season, Werder made many simple mistakes in the defense and lacked the necessary speed in the substitution match, which brought the hosts close to the goal of Bremen. Maximilian Oesterhelweg (21st) tested Bremer goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka with a well placed shot.
Newcomer Patrick Erras has to pull the strings in the defensive midfield of Bremen. But the 1.96 m giant, who moved from 1. FC Nürnberg to the Weser in the summer, dropped extremely when Jena attacked, so that he could hardly stimulate the build-up of the game.
Bremen game more pleasant after half time
Werder also had a hard time with ball possession. When the opponent was down, Bremen rarely had a brilliant idea. Shortly before half time, Selke forced Jena’s goalkeeper Lukas Sedlak into a great act with a shot at the short corner. In return, the Jena fans loudly demanded a penalty after Gebre Selassie fouled Dominik Bock – without success.
In the second round, Bremen’s game also became more pleasant with the inclusion of Davy Klaassen. After a precise cross from Ludwig Augustinsson from the left, Sargent’s head was there. Shortly after, Leonardo Bittencourt appeared in front of Jena’s keeper Sedlak, but the ball spun off the post.
The ball now ran a little looser through the ranks of Bremen, but the hosts also lost their strength. However, Ömer Toprak and Niklas Moisander kept making mistakes in the Werder defense, so it remained exciting. Only Chong, who was replaced at half time, rose in the final phase.