Wednesday October 20, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished De Grolsch Veste

FC Twente 1 - 1 Werder Bremen

  • Janssen 75’
  • Arnautovic 80’

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  1. Late drama as Bremen draw

    Late drama as Bremen draw

    Werder Bremen fought back to claim a 1-1 draw against FC Twente in their Champions League encounter at the De Grolsch Veste. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Twente
    • Werder Bremen
    • 93' Full time in Enschede, it's 1-1 between Twente and Werder Bremen. A fair result on reflection, although Pizarro's disallowed goal should have won it for the visitors.
    • 92' One minute left, will we see a winner?
    • 91' Pizarro finds the back of the net with his header! But it won't count! The referee has blown for what I presume is a foul, that looks very harsh. Werder Bremen have been robbed off the win it would seem.
    • 90' Tiendalli brings down Pizarro in a very dangerous position...
    • 90' Three minutes added time.
    • 89' Marin's freekick is confidently gathered by Mikhailov.
    • 88' It's been breathless stuff, Ruiz fouling Hunt and it's a Bremen freekick.
    • 86' De Jong should have won the match with his first touch! Twente break and Bryan Ruiz tries to play through Rosales. Bremen make the interception, but only succeed in feeding the ball into an unmarked De Jong, who can only find the sidenetting from 8 yards out. What a chance for Twente.
    • 85' Luuk de Jong on for Denny Landzaat
    • 84' Mielitz keeps Bremen in the game! Bryan Ruiz does brilliantly to slip through Theo Janssen, who bears down on goal and looks to chip the German keeper. Sebastian Mielitz is alert to the danger, flicking up a right hand to make a magnificent save!
    • 83' Marko Marin has been very good since he came on, running at Rosales but the defending player does well and it's a Twente goal kick.
    • 82' What a lively ten minutes we've had here, who will find the winner?
    • 81' Bremen nearly in again, and it's Arnautovic again! He evades Douglas' challenge, gets to the byline and cuts the ball back towards Pizarro, who looks to have a tap in before Brama nips in to deny him!
    • 79' Marko Arnautovic returns to haunt Twente! He plays an excellent one-two with Pizarro, the Peruvian chipping the ball into the path of Arnautovic, who gets lucky as he misses his first shot, but from the second he makes no mistake, lashing the ball past a helpless Mikhailov!
    • 78' The goal has really rocked Bremen, who seemed to be on top before Janssen found the breakthrough. Marko Marin has now been introduced, he was a suprise inclusion in the squad tonight given his recent injury, can he save Werder?
    • 77' Marko Marin on for Bargfrede
    • 76' Mielitz looks shaky again! Dropping a catch as Janssen lofts a cross into the box, fortunately for Schaaf, Bremen clear!
    • 74' Theo Janssen makes the breakthrough for Twente!!! Bremen fail to deal with a cross from the left, Janko allowed to bring down the ball in the box. He is unable to get a shot off, Janssen nipping in to force a smart save from Mielitz. Unfortunately for the keeper, the rebound falls straight to Janssen, who makes no mistake as he hammers the ball into an empty net!
    • 73' Arnautovic with a chance to punish his old club. Hunt plays a fabulous ball into the striker, his first touch is heavy and Mikhailov is out quickly to snuff out the opportunity.
    • 72' A glimpse of goal for Aaron Hunt, fed through by Arnautovic he fires an effort in with the angle getting narrower by the second. Mikhailov comfortably catches the shot.
    • 71' Wesley tries his luck again, he's been lively since the break and looks the most likely source of a goal. His low shot is hooked wide of the post.
    • 70' Landzaat heads clear under no pressure, the set pieces have been very poor tonight.
    • 69' Pizarro forces a corner for Bremen, his attempt at a low cross blocked.
    • 68' Janko with half a chance, Janssen with the cross and the Austrian rises to head the cross over. It would have had to be an excellent header to score from there.
    • 66' The Twente crowd once again trying to rally their troops as Janko cuts a forlorn figure. Surely De Jong will be with us soon?
    • 65' Claudio Pizarro with his first contribution of the night. He cut in from the right, weaving his way between several defenders, eventually firing a low shot which is blocked by the impressive Bengtsson. The youngster has been excellent since he was introduced.
    • 64' A measure of how desperate both teams are for a goal, Torsten Frings is even trying his luck. His shot is unsuprisingly poor and never troubling Mikhailov.
    • 63' Another disappointing set piece, especially considering how nervy Mielitz looked in the first half. Surely Twente would want to test the Bremen youngster?
    • 63' Twente rather fortunate to earn a corner, Rosales clips the cross towards Janko, which Prodl is adjudged to have intercepted.
    • 62' Hunt's low free kick hammers into the first man. Very disappointing.
    • 61' Tiendalli is in the book for tripping Clemens Fritz as he looks to break. Dangerous free kick for Bremen.
    • 60' Arnautovic receives a chorus of boos from the home fans he left in January, can he kickstart his Bremen career with a goal tonight?
    • 59' Marko Arnautovic on for Claudio Pizarro
    • 57' Janssen does brilliantly to avoid several challenges beforing feeding Ruiz, play is stopped though as the Costa Rican is offside.
    • 56' The game is much more open in the second half, desperation seems to be setting in for both teams.
    • 55' Frustration for Twente, Rosales in behind Wesley, but he fouled the Brazilian and we remain goalless.
    • 54' Prodl tries to flick the free kick on for Pizarro, but Mikhailov reacts well to collect the ball.
    • 53' Bremen free kick just past the halfway line, Brama bringing down Wesley.
    • 52' A draw is really no good for either side, will someone provide a moment of magic to open the scoring tonight?
    • 51' Neat work from Chadli, skipping past Pasanen before delivering a low cross. Prodl is alert to the danger and whacks the cross clear.
    • 50' Hunt's low corner doesn't even reach the front post and it's a goal kick to Twente.
    • 49' A lively start from Bremen, Clemens Fritz earning them the first corner of the half.
    • 48' From a freekick wide on the right, Aaron Hunt whips in a fabulous cross which Claudio Pizarro is only inches from connecting with.
    • 47' Wonderful work from Wesley, involved for the first time on the night. The Brazilian disposses Ruiz and dribbles forward, unleashing a right-foot drive that Mikhailov saves smartly.
    • 46' Bryan Ruiz seems to have switched to the left flank for this second half, a move which makes sense following his two dangerous efforts in the opening 45 minutes.
    • 45' Bremen restart the match.
    • 45+3' Half time: It's goalless at the break, but Twente have certainly looked more dangerous since Mielitz was forced into the action after Wiese's injury.
    • 45+1' Brama is cautioned for a clumsy challenge as Bremen look to break.
    • 45' Three minuts added time
    • 44' Mielitz is again unconvincing from the corner, punching clear as far as Hunt. His clearance is poor and falls to Ruiz in space on the left. The Costa Rican comes forward and hits a thundering effort at the near post, which brushes the side-netting.
    • 44' Janssen bursts forward for Twente, Prodl getting back to concede a corner on the byline.
    • 43' Aaron Hunt is in space on the edge of the box and instead of shooting with his right, he shifts on to his left and hits a disappointing cross.
    • 41' This game badly needs a goal, can we get one before half time?
    • 40' The home crowd have been superb in this first half, very impressive and a great atmosphere despite a lacklustre first half.
    • 39' Mielitz comes very close to failing his first test in goal. Janko taking down and long pass and hitting a low left-foot shot on goal. It seemed simple for the German, but he fumbles the effort and nearly allows Landzaat in. He flings a boot at the ball to hack it clear.
    • 38' Rosales hammers a low cross into the Bremen penalty area with Denny Landzaat the furthest man forward. He attempts to wrap his right foot around the ball but screws his effort high and wide.
    • 37' The injuries seem to have punctuated this half, the game yet to get going in Enschede.
    • 36' Sebastian Mielitz on for Tim Wiese
    • 35' Janssen does well to find Chadli free out wide, with acres of space his cross is poor, and floats beyond the far post. Worryingly for Bremen, Wiese has gone down under no challenge and is clutching his knee. He looks in agony and the sub is being readied.
    • 34' The error from Tiendalli seems to have handed momentum to Werder Bremen, Twente struggling at the moment.
    • 33' Per Mertesacker is once again the target from the corner, but Twente stand tall and head clear.
    • 32' Fritz with a low cross into the Twente area, Douglas stooping to head the cross behind.
    • 31' Twente so nearly throw it away, Tiendalli playing a back-pass straight to Almeida. The Portuguese picks up the pass and storms past Douglas, firing an effort on goal with an outstretched left foot. Mikhailov remains calm, staying on his feet and making an excellent save with his legs. The best chance we've had so far.
    • 29' No clear-cut chances here in Holland, Ruiz's wonderful solo attempt the closest we've come to a goal.
    • 28' Janko slides in on Pasanen and commits a foul.
    • 27' Bremen are much more involved in the match now, seeing a lot more of the ball and trying to get their front men into the match.
    • 26' The corner is a poor one and is cleared at the near post.
    • 25' Clemens Fritz makes an incisive burst forward, playing a one-two and finding himself in the box. Tiendalli gets back and makes a precise sliding challenge on the Germany man and Bremen have a corner.
    • 24' Just to confirm, it was Clemens Fritz who was cautioned, not Frings.
    • 23' A blow for Twente, their captain forced to withdraw after he injured himself during a clearance. In better news for them, Ruiz now seems fine.
    • 22' Peter Wisergerhof replaced by Rasmus Bengtsson
    • 21' A first sustained spell of possession for Bremen, passing and trying to ease their way into the game. Douglas hacks clear to stop them in their tracks.
    • 20' Hunt's delivery is decent, but no Bremen player can get on the end of it and Mikhailov collects.
    • 19' Free kick to Bremen, Wesley is hacked down by Landzaat, who is lucky to avoid a booking.
    • 18' Janssen's cross is a good one again, but it's defended well by the visitors.
    • 17' Frings is booked for his challenge.
    • 16' More tricky wing-play from Chadli, drawing a foul from hacker-in-chief Frings right on the edge of the box.
    • 15' Ruiz is still struggling after his knock on the ankle, a worrying sight for all Twente fans.
    • 14' An absolutely terrible shot from Landzaat. Clearly bouyed by his goal at the weekend, he attempts to lob Wiese from about 50 yards. Needless to say it doesn't trouble the keeper, in fact it barely reaches the goal line.
    • 13' Twente seeing most of the ball and starting to look dangerous here.
    • 12' Ruiz picked up a knock on his ankle during that attack, and has just taken what I assume are painkillers on the sidelines. Very bizarre.
    • 11' Bryan Ruiz shows glimpses of his talent, Bargfrede is no match for the forward, who bends a fantastic left-footed effort towards goal. It is inches from Wiese's right-hand post, as he is rooted to the spot.
    • 10' Another freekick, a wicked, dipping delivery from Janssen is inches from finding Douglas at the far post.
    • 9' Bremen have a useful free kick of their own, Hunt's cross from mid-way into the half is bundled away by Twente.
    • 8' A deep free kick is hoofed up towards Janko, a useful tactic with a giant striker. His header is back into the box, but doesn't find a teammate.
    • 7' Twente are looking to push forward early on, looking dangerous down both flanks.
    • 6' A sublime cross-field pass by Tiendalli, picking out Rosales who controls the ball perfectly. His low cross towards Janko is blocked and eventually cleared by Bremen.
    • 5' Captain Wisgerhof meets the corner with his head, it isn't troubling Wiese though, who makes a simple catch.
    • 4' First corner to Twente, Chadli running at Prodl who slides in to concede the set piece.
    • 3' Janko released by Tiendalli over the top, he's offside though and play is brought back.
    • 2' Marc Janko throwing himself around, he shrugs off a challenge before being halted by Prodl.
    • 1' Bremen on the front foot early doors, a deep cross into the box is easily gathered by Mikhailov.
    • 0' Twente kick off!
    • The teams are out in Enschede, to a rather curious rendition of "You'll never walk alone". Anyone who can shed any light on that please feel free to get in touch.
    • The teams are in the tunnel, kick off is close...
    • Werder Bremen: Wiese, Fritz, Mertesacker, Prodl, Pasanen, Frings, Wesley, Bargfrede, Hunt, Almeida, Pizarro.
    • Lets confirm the teams for tonight's match. Twente: Mikhailov, Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli, Landzaat, Brama, Janssen, Chadli, Ruiz, Janko.
    • 19:30 15 minutes to go until kick off at the De Grolsch Veste stadium...
    • It hasn't been such plain-sailing for Bremen, goals from Almeida and Hunt gave them a 2-1 victory over Freiburg at the weekend, but they still find themselves down in 11th place.
    • Twente have made a solid start to their domestic season, their one-nil win away at Feyernoord sees them sitting in third, behind Dutch giants Ajax and PSV after nine games.
    • Even if Twente haven't picked up a win yet, they've at least been giving it a go. They have committed more fouls than any other team in this year's competition, but have only won 24% of aerial duels in their matches. I'm not sure exactly what that statistic tells us about what to expect in this one, but Per Mertesacker will probably be licking his lips.
    • In fact, away from home in the Champion's League in general the German team aren't the best. They have won only once in 15 on the road in Europe's premier club competition, surely motivation for Twente?
    • Bremen's record against Dutch teams is equally poor, having only won 3 of 12 games. Away from home it gets worse for Schaaf's men, having lost five and drawn one of six matches in Holland.
    • The omens do not look good for the home team, having achieved only two victories in 13 matches against German opposition. It's not all bad news though, as those two wins came in their last two home matches against German teams.
    • These two teams did meet in last season's Europa League at the round of 32 stage. Twente edged the first leg in Holland 1-0, but were handed a 4-1 beating in Germany, ensuring the Die Werderaner progressed.
    • Bremen achieved exactly the same result as the Dutch team in their first match, fighting back from two-nil down to claim a draw at home to Spurs. They were comprehensively outclassed by Inter last time out, crashing to a 4-0 defeat. They will need to up their performance considerably if their to get anything out of this one.
    • Twente made a solid start to the group, securing a credible 2-2 draw with reigning champions Inter. Their luck abandoned them in their second match, as they were somewhat unfortunate to be thumped 4-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane. With this being their second home match of the campaign, it's crucial they pick up a win tonight.
    • Werder Bremen have Champion's League old-timer Claudio Pizarro up front, alongside Portugal's Hugo Almeida. German midfielder Aaron Hunt plays behind the front two, with Wesley and Philipp Bargfrede also in midfield. Covering the defence is the veteran Torsten Frings, with Mertesacker and Sebastian Prodl in centre defence.
    • Team news and the home side line up with the giant Austrian striker Marc Janko playing alone up front, supported by the lively pair of Nacer Chadli and Bryan Ruiz on either flank. Veteran midfielder Denny Landzaat starts after his match-winning performance at the weekend, with Brazilian Douglas and Peter Wisgerhof paired in the heart of defence.
    • Good evening and welcome to our coverage of this crucial Group A clash, both teams are stuck on one point after the first two matches and will see this match as a fantastic chance to pick up a first win.
  • Summary

    • 79' Marko Arnautovic returns to haunt Twente! He plays an excellent one-two with Pizarro, the Peruvian chipping the ball into the path of Arnautovic, who gets lucky as he misses his first shot, but from the second he makes no mistake, lashing the ball past a helpless Mikhailov!
    • 74' Theo Janssen makes the breakthrough for Twente!!! Bremen fail to deal with a cross from the left, Janko allowed to bring down the ball in the box. He is unable to get a shot off, Janssen nipping in to force a smart save from Mielitz. Unfortunately for the keeper, the rebound falls straight to Janssen, who makes no mistake as he hammers the ball into an empty net!
    • The teams are out in Enschede, to a rather curious rendition of "You'll never walk alone". Anyone who can shed any light on that please feel free to get in touch.
    • The teams are in the tunnel, kick off is close...
    • Werder Bremen: Wiese, Fritz, Mertesacker, Prodl, Pasanen, Frings, Wesley, Bargfrede, Hunt, Almeida, Pizarro.
    • Lets confirm the teams for tonight's match. Twente: Mikhailov, Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli, Landzaat, Brama, Janssen, Chadli, Ruiz, Janko.
    • 19:30 15 minutes to go until kick off at the De Grolsch Veste stadium...
    • It hasn't been such plain-sailing for Bremen, goals from Almeida and Hunt gave them a 2-1 victory over Freiburg at the weekend, but they still find themselves down in 11th place.
    • Twente have made a solid start to their domestic season, their one-nil win away at Feyernoord sees them sitting in third, behind Dutch giants Ajax and PSV after nine games.
    • Even if Twente haven't picked up a win yet, they've at least been giving it a go. They have committed more fouls than any other team in this year's competition, but have only won 24% of aerial duels in their matches. I'm not sure exactly what that statistic tells us about what to expect in this one, but Per Mertesacker will probably be licking his lips.
    • In fact, away from home in the Champion's League in general the German team aren't the best. They have won only once in 15 on the road in Europe's premier club competition, surely motivation for Twente?
    • Bremen's record against Dutch teams is equally poor, having only won 3 of 12 games. Away from home it gets worse for Schaaf's men, having lost five and drawn one of six matches in Holland.
    • The omens do not look good for the home team, having achieved only two victories in 13 matches against German opposition. It's not all bad news though, as those two wins came in their last two home matches against German teams.
    • These two teams did meet in last season's Europa League at the round of 32 stage. Twente edged the first leg in Holland 1-0, but were handed a 4-1 beating in Germany, ensuring the Die Werderaner progressed.
    • Bremen achieved exactly the same result as the Dutch team in their first match, fighting back from two-nil down to claim a draw at home to Spurs. They were comprehensively outclassed by Inter last time out, crashing to a 4-0 defeat. They will need to up their performance considerably if their to get anything out of this one.
    • Twente made a solid start to the group, securing a credible 2-2 draw with reigning champions Inter. Their luck abandoned them in their second match, as they were somewhat unfortunate to be thumped 4-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane. With this being their second home match of the campaign, it's crucial they pick up a win tonight.
    • Werder Bremen have Champion's League old-timer Claudio Pizarro up front, alongside Portugal's Hugo Almeida. German midfielder Aaron Hunt plays behind the front two, with Wesley and Philipp Bargfrede also in midfield. Covering the defence is the veteran Torsten Frings, with Mertesacker and Sebastian Prodl in centre defence.
    • Team news and the home side line up with the giant Austrian striker Marc Janko playing alone up front, supported by the lively pair of Nacer Chadli and Bryan Ruiz on either flank. Veteran midfielder Denny Landzaat starts after his match-winning performance at the weekend, with Brazilian Douglas and Peter Wisgerhof paired in the heart of defence.
    • Good evening and welcome to our coverage of this crucial Group A clash, both teams are stuck on one point after the first two matches and will see this match as a fantastic chance to pick up a first win.

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    Manager: Michel Preud'homme

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    Manager: Thomas Schaaf

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