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Micoud header ends Juve comeback

Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 0.50CET
Werder Bremen 3-2 Juventus
A header from Johan Micoud two minutes into added time earned Bremen a dramatic victory.
by Richard Aikman
from Weserstadion

Match statistics

BremenJuventus

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners10
 
4
Offsides2
 
11
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 23 February 2006, 0.50CET

Micoud header ends Juve comeback

Werder Bremen 3-2 Juventus
A header from Johan Micoud two minutes into added time earned Bremen a dramatic victory.

A header from Johan Micoud two minutes into added time earned Werder Bremen a dramatic victory against Juventus and gave the German side a slender but potentially crucial advantage to take to Italy for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie in a fortnight's time.

Classic encounter
The home team struck first through Christian Schulz late in the first period, but two goals in nine minutes late in the second half, from Pavel Nedvěd and David Trezeguet, seemed to have turned the match in the visitors' favour. Bremen refused to buckle, however, and a clever finish from Tim Borowski three minutes from time revived their hopes, before Micoud nodded in from a corner seconds before the final whistle to the delight of the vociferous home support.

Camoranesi chance
Bremen had vowed to take the game to their illustrious opponents but instead the away side carved out the first chance of the night, Mauro Camoranesi rippling the roof of Tim Wiese's net with a header from Nedvěd's corner. The warning served to spark the hosts into action, with Micoud growing in influence and on 13 minutes Torsten Frings found Miroslav Klose with a searching ball that the German international headed into the path of Ivan Klasnić, but the Croatian blazed over. Frings then had a shot himself before his low pass narrowly eluded Klose.

Bremen barrage
Five minutes later Klose returned the compliment, finding Frings unmarked and in space at the far post only for Gianluigi Buffon to turn his half-volley away, before the Juventus goalkeeper stretched to keep out Frank Fahrenhorst's powerful header. Play was swinging from end to end, Klose again going close while in the next breath Zlatan Ibrahimović was sent clean through only to shoot tamely wide.

Schulz strikes
When a goal did come, however, it was the home team who got it, as their increasing pressure finally paid off six minutes before the interval. Klasnić tricked Manuele Blasi with a delightful back-heel that sent Schulz through and, although Buffon blocked and Klose's follow-up was stopped on the line, Juventus were unable to clear the danger and Fabio Cannavaro's attempted clearance rebounded off Schulz and flew into the net.

Borowski opportunities
The Bianconeri might have levelled almost immediately as Patrick Vieira strode through only for Wiese to come to Bremen's rescue with a brave block at the Frenchman's feet. In the second half the German side opted for a slightly less cavalier approach but nevertheless continued to threaten with Borowski going close twice in the space of a minute.

Nedvěd composure
Juventus coach Fabio Capello reacted to Bremen's continued dominance by introducing Alessandro Del Piero but it was Trezeguet who was left cursing his luck when he raced through only to miss the target from ten metres. Juve were not to be denied for long, though, as Del Piero cut in from the left and found Vieira, whose through-pass was picked up by Nedvěd and the Czech international committed Wiese and side-footed his team level.

Late drama
With eight minutes to go, Juve were in front as Del Piero's flick caused problems and Trezeguet capitalised on some indecisive defending to head in. As Juventus looked to consolidate, however, Bremen came again and Frings's teasing right-wing cross was met at the near post by Borowski, who turned his shot beyond Buffon. The goal raised the roof at the Weserstadion, and the celebrations became even louder in added time when the visitors failed to deal with Borowski's corner allowing Micoud to head past Buffon and finally settle a gripping encounter.

Last updated: 23/02/06 11.25CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

juventus

Juventus

18
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
2
FahrenhorstFrank Fahrenhorst
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Yellow Card81
4
NaldoNaldo
8
EmersonEmerson
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Substitution59
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
Goal90+2
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Yellow Card38
Goal73
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution68
14
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Yellow Card68
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution74
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
Yellow Card57
Goal82
22
FringsTorsten Frings
20
BlasiManuele Blasi
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Goal87
21
ThuramLilian Thuram (C)
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
Goal39
Yellow Card40
28
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro

Substitutes

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
6
R.KovačRobert Kovač
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
7
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
9
ValdezNelson Valdez
Substitution68
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero
Substitution59
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
23
GiannicheddaGiuliano Giannichedda
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
24
OliveraRuben Olivera
23
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta
Substitution74

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Fabio Capello (ITA)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

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