Augsburg 1-1 Werder Bremen

Posted on October 21, 2011

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CLAUDIO PIZARRO struck midway through the second half to extend Augsburg’s winless run at home in the Bundesliga.

The Bavarians, who were promoted from Bundesliga.2 last season, were in control for over an hour of the game and took the lead through Axel Bellinghausen on 48 minutes.

But Werder rallied in the last half-hour and piled the pressure on Simon Jentzsch’s goal. They got their equaliser on 67 minutes with Claudio Pizarro scoring his seventh goal in nine games.

Augsburg were coming off the back of a crucial 1-0 win against Bundesliga strugglers Mainz at the Coface Arena and head coach Jos Luhukay was content to keep the same starting eleven.

Last weekend’s match-winner Jan Ingwer Callsen-Bracker started again in a four-man midfield alongside Lorenzo Davis and Axel Bellinghausen who have both impressed this season.

On the other hand, Thomas Schaaf recalled Tim Wiese and Aleksandar Ignjovski to the starting line-up following last Friday’s lacklustre performance against champions Borussia Dortmund.

Ignjovski came in for Philipp Bargfrede and partnered Clemens Fritz in midfield with Bremen’s attacking trio eager to make up for some disappointing displays last week.

The early exchanges were very scrappy with both teams comitting a series of rash fouls in the first 15 minutes.

But either goalkeeper had very little to do with Simon Jentzsch and Tim Wiese making just comfortable stops from long-range efforts, including an ambitious effort from Naldo on eight minutes.

The hosts had the best chance of the match, thus far, when Axel Bellinghausen broke clear down the left-hand side and he swung across a terrific left-foot cross along the six-yard box which couldn’t be converted by Callsen-Bracker.

Jentzsch made a fine stop on 25 minutes from another free-kick, this time from Aaron Hunt who curled the ball over the wall and into the keeper’s gloves.

35-year-old Jentzsch produced a second stop within just a few minutes when Markus Rosenberg’s header towards the top corner was tipped on to the bar by the Augsburg number one.

Augsburg have picked up some very good results this season despite still being involved in a relegation battle and Luhukay’s setup looks to be more suited to away matches.

FCA have a decent change of pace on the counter-attack and that almost gifted them an opener on 32 minutes when Bellinghausen broke in to the box and his left-foot finish was well-saved from Wiese.

Swedish international Rosenberg squandered another good chance after some good work from Claudio Pizarro but the striker volleyed his shot in to the ground which made it bounce over the top.

Just minutes after the restart, Augsburg took the lead with Andreas Wolf to blame for some horrible Werder defending. Sascha Molders took advantage and held the ball up well before backheeling to Bellinghausen who slotted home well with his left-foot.

Schaaf was quick to make some changes to Werder’s system with Marko Marin the first to be taken off for Sandro Wagner.

And on 67 minutes, the River Islanders were back on level terms when Claudio Pizarro reacted quickest inside the six-yard box to nod home Andreas Wolf’s knockdown from Mehmet Ekici’s corner kick.

The German-Turk, mentored by Mehmet Scholl in his younger days at FC Bayern, was making a positive impact, playing just behind Werder’s front-three of Wagner, Pizarro and Rosenberg.

Ekici was involved in more of Werder’s good attacking play when he got the break of the ball inside the box and his cutback, intended for Pizarro, was well defended by Reinhardt.

Pizarro should have put Werder in the lead after some very good movement from Rosenberg on the right-hand side but the Peruvian’s finish was blocked by Jentzsch.

The Werder hitman was gifted a great chance with nine minutes to play but one-on-one with Jentzsch, the Augsburg keeper was quickly out to prevent Pizarro from putting the visitors ahead.

In the final few minutes, Werder probably should have added a second with Wagner and Ekici missing good chances but Augsburg held on for a well-deserved point.

Thomas Schaaf’s side move in to third, until tomorrow, ahead of champions Borussia Dortmund.

MOTM: Axel Bellinghausen (Augsburg)

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