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2nd Bundesliga: Werder Bremen back in the Bundesliga!

2nd Bundesliga: Werder Bremen back in the Bundesliga!

Werder Bremen claimed a 2-0 victory at home to Jahn Regensburg on the final day of the Bundesliga 2 season to secure their immediate return to the top flight alongside Schalke, while Hamburg came from behind to pip Darmstadt to third place and a chance in the promotion/relegation play-off against Hertha Berlin.

Werder Bremen 2-0 Jahn Regensburg
Goals: 1-0 Füllkrug 10’ (assist: Ducksch), 2-0 Ducksch (51’)

Bremen came into the final day knowing a point would guarantee their immediate return to the Bundesliga, but that victory could see them crowned Bundesliga 2 champions. They raced out of the blocks and had the ball in the net inside seven minutes when Mitchell Weiser was slipped in, but the offside flag halted early celebrations at a capacity wohninvest Weserstadion. Disappointment lasted only three minutes, however, until Marvin Ducksch knocked the ball into the path of strike partner Niclas Füllkrug, and he buried off the inside of the post from 18 yards. With league leaders Schalke in front, top spot would be out of reach but promotion secured. Werder looked to keep things cool and calm, allowing Regensburg the ball but keeping them at arm’s length and allowing no clear chances.

The visitors had two chances immediately after the restart from corners, but Nicklas Shipnoski saw his effort blocked and Carlo Boukhalfa headed over. Again, Werder struck with their first chance of the half. Romano Schmid showed strength to turn his man in the box and force a save out of third-choice goalkeeper Alexander Weidinger, but it only fell to Ducksch to tap home into an empty net. Leonardo Bittencourt struck the post late on, but it didn’t dampen spirits inside the Weserstadion. The full-time whistle shortly after sparked jubilation as the club bounced back from last season’s relegation at the first time of asking, joining division winners Schalke back in the Bundesliga for 2022/23.

Werder bremenBremen

Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Toprak, Friedl - Weiser , C. Groß , A. Jung, Bittencourt , Schmid - Füllkrug , Ducksch

56. N. Schmidt for Schmid
79. Rapp for Bittencourt
90. Agu for Weiser
90. Gruev for C. Groß

Zetterer (GK), L. Mai, Assalé, Dinkci, Woltemade

Coach: Werner

Jahn regensburgRegensburg

Weidinger (GK) - Saller , S. Breitkreuz , Elvedi, Wekesser - Gimber , Besuschkow , Beste , Boukhalfa , Shipnoski - Albers

68. Yildirim for Shipnoski
68. Makridis for Beste
75. Zwarts for Boukhalfa
85. D. Otto for Saller
85. Faber for Besuschkow

Kunz (GK), Kennedy, Nachreiner, Caliskaner

Coach: Selimbegovic

Source: / Photo (S. Bohlen)

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