One of the shocks of the weekend saw Werder Bremen easily dispatch of Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1 at the Weserstadion. After a strong 3-0 win against RB Leipzig in their last game, Gladbach collapsed early on conceding four in the first half. Bremen, who continue their strong start to the season will add this result with their 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund as one of the highlights.
Niclas Füllkrug opened the scoring within five minutes for Bremen, before Marvin Ducksch only three minutes later equalised, then to top it off Füllkrug scored again to give Bremen a 3-0 lead within 13 minutes. Ramy Bensebaini would make it four for Bremen with an own goal before half-time. Gladbach looked to be an improved side when Marcus Thuram scored a goal back in the 63rd minute. 10 minutes later, Mitchell Weiser would score past Yann Sommer to make it 5-1.
The result sends Bremen into eighth one place above Gladbach. Next week, Bremen travel to Hoffenheim on Friday, while Gladbach play rivals FC Köln at home on Sunday.
Werder Bremen 5 (Füllkrug x2, Ducksch, Weiser, Bensebaini OG)
Jiri Pavlenka: 6
Niklas Stark: 6
Milos Veljkovic: 6
Marco Friedl: 6
Mitchell Weiser: 7– Was a presence on the right flank for Bremen causing a lot of problems for Ramy Bensebaini. He topped off his performance with a goal.
Christian Gross: 6
Anthony Jung: 7
Romano Schmid: 6
Ilia Gruev: 5
Niclas Füllkrug: 9 – Scored twice and provided an assist for Weiser’s goal. Caused a lot of problems for the Gladbach defence throughout. Füllkrug has done enough to be on the radar of Hansi Flick for the World Cup squad.
Marvin Ducksch: 8 – The quieter of the strike partnership Ducksch broke his Bundesliga goal drought with Bremen’s second goal, while also providing an assist for his strike partner. Ducksch could potentially be another wildcard option to fill the gap in Germany’s attack
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 (Thuram)
Yann Sommer: 5
Joe Scally: 4
Marvin Friedrich: 5
Nico Elvedi: 5
Ramy Bensebaini: 3 – Scored an own goal and overall was not at his best. Was a very poor performances in comparison to his last outing for Gladbach
Kouadio Kone: 4
Julian Weigl: 4
Lars Stindl: 6
Christoph Kramer: 5
Jonas Hofmann: 5
Marcus Thuram: 7 – One of the only bright spots for Gladbach today, he was active in the final third. His work paid off as he was able to run onto a Lars Stindl pass and round Pavlenka.
GGFN | Jack Meenan