Matchday 25 review: Niclas Füllkrug overtakes Dynamo Dresden and brings Werder Bremen back to the top

Niclas Füllkrug scored a first-half brace as Werder Bremen returned to the top of Bundesliga 2, courtesy of a win from behind against Dynamo Dresden.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Dynamo Dresden
Goals: 0-1 Königsdorffer 2′ (assist: Knipping), 1-1 Füllkrug 16′ (assist: Ducksch), 2-1 Füllkrug 45′ (pass: C. Groß)

Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer tore up the script by heading Tim Knipping’s header under the crossbar with two minutes on the clock. Marvin Ducksch fended off a glorious chance to level just moments later, but any hopes of Werder getting a day off were dashed in the 15th minute as Füllkrug combined with Ducksch to equalise. Bremen’s attacking duo continued to cause problems for Dynamo, although the visitors were not without chances. The difference was that Jiri Pavlenka was able to deny Michael Akoto and Christoph Daferner, while Füllkrug made his next effort with a powerful header late in the half.

Dresden – after seeing Julius Kade miss a golden header on the stroke of half-time – needed a full save from Anton Mitryushkin to prevent Leonardo Bittencourt from extending Werder’s lead shortly after the restart. They responded in kind through Königsdörffer, but he couldn’t get past Pavlenka, who was rushing. It was about as close as Dresden came to finding an equalizer, however, as table-top Bremen dug in to go 10 straight unbeaten. As for Dresden, unfavorable results elsewhere mean they end the weekend in the relegation play-off, with nine rounds of fixtures remaining.

Match statistics

  • Bremen have won nine of their last 10 games, none the other.
  • Füllkrug’s 13 goals for the league campaign have come in his last 15 appearances.
  • Werder are the third top scorer in the division (49).
  • Sebastian Mai is the older brother of Werder’s Lukas. They have played 13 and 14 Bundesliga 2 matches respectively in 2021/22.
  • Königsdorffer scored his first goal since Matchday 17 and the fourth of the league season.
  • Only bottom two clubs Ingolstadt and Erzgebirge Aue have collected fewer away points this season (eight each) than Dresden’s nine.

Alignments

Bremen: Pavlenka – Veljkovic, Toprak (c), Friedl – Groß – Weiser (Agu 90’+1), Bittencourt (Rapp 67′), Schmidt (Gruev 81′), Jung – Füllkrug, Ducksch (Woltemade 90’+1)
Unused subtitles: Zetterer, L. Mai, Schönfelder, Rapp, Mbom, Dinkci
Outside: Plogmann (concussion), Schmid (suspended)
Coach: Ole Werner

Dresden: Mitryushkin – Akoto, Sollbauer (c), Knipping, Giorbelidze – S. Mai (Weihrauch 80′), Kade – Schröter (Borrello 66′), Batista-Meier (Mörschel 66′), Königsdorffer (Drchal 86′) – Daferner (Diawusie 86′)
Unused subtitles: Liesegang, Becker, Ehlers, Fein
Outside: Broll (hand), Herrmann (knee), Löwe (knee), Stark (hanging), Vlachodimos (knee), Wiegers (knee), Will (flu)
Coach: Guerino Capretti

Report of the 25th day

Darmstadt 3-2 Heidenheim
Goals: 0-1
Kühlwetter 17′ (pass: Schimmer), 0-2 Leipertz 61′ (pass: Schimmer), 1-2 Seydel 77′ (assist: Mehlem), 2-2 Tietz 81′ (assist: Kempe), 3-2 Skarke 83′ (assist: Schnellhardt)

All seemed lost with just a quarter of an hour remaining for a Darmstadt side chasing a place at the top of the table. Christian Kühlwetter’s close range finish and another strike from substitute Robert Leipertz shortly after the hour mark put the visitors in charge at the Stadion am Böllenfalltor. However, when Aaron Seydel crossed the goal and scored a finish between the legs of Heidenheim keeper Kevin Müller, it was suddenly the game. Phillip Tietz then headed in from Tobias Kempe’s free-kick to even things up before may Tim Skarke’s long-term effort escape Müller to send the home fans into a frenzy and their team to the top of the standings overnight.

Holstein Kiel 3-4 Paderborn
Goals: 0-1
Schallenberg 19′ (assist: Justvan), 1-1 Arp 23′ (assist: Reese), 1-2 Thalhammer 54′ (assist: Muslija), 1-3 Muslija 74′ (assist: Pröger), 1-4 Collins 76′ (assist: Mehlem), 2-4 Mühling (pen.) 81′, 3-4 Pichler 88′ (pass: Reese)

A wild game at the Holstein-Stadion nearly saw the visitors give up a decisive lead at the end, but Paderborn held on to keep their false hopes of a promotion push at bay. After Kiel hit a post early, Ron Schallenberg pounced on a loose ball to send Lukas Kwasniok’s side in front. Undeterred, the hosts responded with Fabian Reese kicking in Fiete Arp for the equaliser. Kiel must have regretted the missed chances afterwards, as a mix-up in the home zone allowed Paderborn to get ahead through Maximilian Thalhammer. Another error in the home defense allowed Florent Muslija to extend his side’s lead and the North Rhine-Westphalia side appeared to be out of sight when Jamilu Collins added a fourth moments later. However, after Alexander Mühling netted a penalty and Benedikt Pichler added another, Paderborn sweated before the end.

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St. Pauli 3-1 Karlsruhe
Goals: 1-0
Kyera (14′), 2-0 Kyera (25′), 3-0 Makienok (35′), 3-1 Hoffmann (66′)

Daniel-Kofi Kyeraj scored twice as St. Pauli consolidated third place with a comfortable 3-1 win over Karlsruhe. Kyerah broke the deadlock on 14 minutes, scoring for the third game in a row. The Ghanaian added his second shortly after, a goal which stood following a VAR review. Simon Makienok stuck a third without a reply, before the offside flag deprived Marcel Hartel of a fourth towards the end of a totally one-sided first half. Karlsruhe’s Philipp Hofmann reduced the backlog in the second half, but the comeback never happened.

Sandhausen 3-1 Hannover
Goals: 1-0
Okoroji (7′), 2-0 Franke (at 19′), 2-1 Stölze (21′), 3-1 Bachman (81′)

Sandhausen moved three points clear of the relegation spot with a 3-1 home win against Hanover in mid-table. Chima Okoroji was a nuisance from the start, beating Ron-Robert Zieler with a direct corner and providing the cross which Marcel Franke put through his own net to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Sebastian Stolze’s scrambled finish reduced the deficit, although the Reds had the crossbar to thank for denying Okoroji his second of the contest before the end of the first half. Sandhausen continued to search for the most likely scorers, before Janik Bachmann capitalized on a Niklas Hult error to seal the deal.

Schalke 3-4 Hansa Rostock
Goals: 0-1
Ingelson (25′), 1-1 Thérodde (33′), 1-2 Verhoek (40′), 2-2 Thérodde (43′), 2-3 Breier (56′), 3-3 Therodde (83′), 3-4 Fröling (90’+5)

Substitute Nils Fröhling scored last as Hansa Rostock overcame a hat-trick from Simon Terodde to beat promotion hopefuls Schalke 4-3. Svante Ingelsson scored and placed John Verhoek either side of Terodde’s first barnstorming contest. Terodde doubled to level the scores late in the half, only for Pascal Breier to restore the lead to Hansa before the hour mark. Terodde fended off two decent openings, before finishing his hat trick with a head that went under the crossbar. Schalke pushed for a winner, but it was Hansa who landed the punch five minutes into added time to climb two points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

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Nuremberg 2-1 Hamburg
Goals: 1-0
Köpke (25′), 1-1 Reis (25′), 2-1 Worker (88′)

Nuremberg bolstered their promotion prospects at the expense of Hamburg, thanks to a last-minute winner from Tim Handwerker. Pascal Köpke missed the shot from close range early on but made amends with a routine finish in the 15th minute. Giorgi Chakvetadze hadn’t missed a long time for HSV, who got on the scoresheet 10 minutes later thanks to a compound shot from Ludovit Reis from inside the box. From there, chances were few, with Handwerker’s speculative strike cheating on Daniel Heuer Fernandes and deciding things with two minutes of regulation time remaining.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0 Ingolstadt
Goals: 1-0 ginczek (4′), 2-0 Zimmermann (35′), 3-0 Narey (50′)
Red map: Gauss (57′)

Düsseldorf continued their strong form under Daniel Thioune with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ingolstadt. It took just four minutes for the hosts to get past Daniel Ginczek before Matthias Zimmermann and Khaled Narey took the game from the visitors. A second yellow card for Marcel Gaus ensured there would be no sniffling back and would leave Die Schanzer 11 points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Erzgebirge Aue 1-0 Jahn Regensburg
Goal: 1-0 Owusu (23′)

Aue used the Dresden loss to close the gap with the play-off to seven points after Prince Osei Owusu scored the only goal of the game against Regensburg. It ended a 10-game winless streak, while Regensburg continued its slide and is now just six points above 16th in 10th.

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