Borussia Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Borussia Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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For the first time since Jurgen Klopp was brought in as Borussia Dortmund's head coach in 2008, his side have managed to pick up nine points in their first three games of the Bundesliga season, winning today 1-0.

Tonight's opponents, Werder Bremen, offered worthy competition for much of the game, yet the solitary goal scored by Robert Lewandowski—just 10 minutes after the second half commenced—was enough to set a new record for the charismatic coach and his young, ambitious side. 

Werder Bremen went in to the game riding a wave of optimism following success in their previous two fixtures. With new coach Robin Dutt quickly dispelling the scepticism surrounding his appointment with two wins in his first two games, die Werderaner went in to the game against Dortmund without conceding a goal in the previous 180 minutes of football. 

It was this stat that echoed throughout the Westfalenstadion on a bitter Friday night, as Dortmund threw everything they had at Bremen throughout the initial half to no such luck.

 18 shots had been fired at Sebastian Mielitz's goal, yet not a single one had made it past the young goalkeeper. 

The second half offered very little in terms of contrast to the first. Aside from a moment of true intuition from a regenerated Marco Reus, who carefully crossed the ball that allowed Lewandowski to calmly slot home for the solitary goal, Dortmund again attacked in numbers and Bremen astonishingly held them off. 

Grades

                            Borussia Dortmund                                    Werder Bremen

Roman Weidenfeller       7            7            Sebastian Mielitz

Kevin Großkreutz           6            7  Theodor Gebre Selassie

Mats Hummels               7             8              Sebastian Prödl

Neven Subotic                8             8              Assani Lukimya

Marcel Schmelzer          7            7                Luca Caldirola

Nuri Sahin                      7            7             Cedrick Makiadi

Sebastian Kehl               7            7           Zlatko Junuzovic

Marco Reus                     9             8               Özkan Yildirim

Henrikh Mkhitaryan       6             7                 Mehmet Ekici

Jakub Blaszczykowski   7             7                    Aaron Hunt

Robert Lewandowski     8             8         Marko Arnautovic 

 

Substitutes use

          Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang         6             6                        Felix Kroos

Jonas Hofmann                  7             6                          Eljero Elia

Sven Bender                       7              7                 Franco Di Santo
 

 

Borussia Dortmund have only ever won the opening first three fixtures of a Bundesliga season on two occasions over the course of the league's 51 year history. On both occasions, in 1994 and 2001, die Schwarzgelben went on to win that very campaign. 

Although tonight's affair was never at any point a comfortable one for Klopp or his side, the knowledge that they were able to pull through and bring on such reinforcements as Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang and Jonas Hofmann will remind the coach and his army of supporters that the depth situation from last season is well and truly gone. 

"We had to work a little, but I did not tremble" smirked the Dortmund coach in the press conference, following a barrage of questions regarding the side's lack of goals. For with the nine points his newly assembled side have managed to amass in the early stages of this season, Klopp will know that his squad are already ahead of schedule.

For Dutt and his own new side, tonight offered them everything it could aside from simple points for compensation. Where people questioned the genuine quality of this side and suggested their previous results were down to luck, the new coach can now point to an industrious performance in one of Germany's most revered stadiums as evidence of Bremen's desire to compete this season.

 

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