Jens Stage scored for Werder Bremen for the first time in the Bundesliga against VfB Stuttgart
Photo: Tom Weller / dpa
SV Werder Bremen has finally overcome its small phase of weakness in the Bundesliga.
At VfB Stuttgart, the Green-Whites won 2-0 (0-0) with two remarkable long-range shots by Jens Stage (59th minute) and Marvin Ducksch (77th).
After four defeats, it was Werder's second win in a row. Bremen climbed up to eighth place in the table with 27 points.
Eleven points behind are Bruno Labbadias Stuttgart on relegation place 16.
The Stuttgarters started the game actively and dominated the game in the first quarter of an hour.
Werder shouldn't have complained about an early deficit due to several defensive mistakes: A bad pass from Niklas Stark invited Chris Führich to finish (6'), goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka punched an air hole in his own six-yard box and then had to save from Sehrou Guirassy (8'). .).
Werder only gradually found their way into the game.
Leonardo Bittencourt, who replaced the suspended Mitchell Weiser on the right, tested Florian Müller (15th) with a low ball for the first time and ended the Stuttgart urge phase.
Centimeters save Stuttgart from the penalty kick
Now Werder had the opportunity: A spirited sprint back from Genki Haraguchi disrupted Anthony Jung's attempted volley from a dangerous position (16'), and a header by Niclas Füllkrug was called back after a slight push against Hiroki Ito (35').
Then Nikolas Nartey was lucky to have hit the Bremen man centimeters from the penalty area when he reached against Niklas Schmidt: instead of a penalty, there was a free kick, which Marvin Ducksch placed next to the goal (42nd).
The next conclusion of the active leader ended a balanced first half (46 + 1).
The second half of the game began in disarray, but then rewarded the visiting fans with two beautiful long-range goals: A ball that was insufficiently cleared by Stuttgart's Konstantinos Mavropanos in Bremen's counterattack fell at Stage's feet.
The Dane, who came to the Weser from Copenhagen for four million euros in the summer but has only recently become a regular player, slipped the ball so that his shot landed perfectly in the goal corner (59th).
Ducksch's shot into the far corner was more controlled and gave Müller no chance (77').
Stuttgart made an effort and complained about a supposed handball from Stage in the penalty area (87th), but didn't get back into the game.