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Jensen crowns Bremen comeback

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.50CET
Werder Bremen 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb Hugo Almeida and fellow substitute Daniel Jensen won it for Bremen – who now face a testing trip to Croatia.
by Steffen Potter
Jensen crowns Bremen comeback
Daniel Jensen fires in the winner for Bremen ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BremenDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.50CET

Jensen crowns Bremen comeback

Werder Bremen 2-1 NK Dinamo Zagreb Hugo Almeida and fellow substitute Daniel Jensen won it for Bremen – who now face a testing trip to Croatia.

Werder Bremen needed two second-half goals to defeat NK Dinamo Zagreb after Boško Balaban scored what could be a precious away goal in this UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Ankle injury
Balaban was passed fit to play having been doubtful because of an injury to his left ankle, but he showed no ill-effects as he darted into the box to turn in Marijo Mandžukić's centre on the stroke of half-time. Bremen, missing six regulars, showed great resolve to level through Hugo Almeida a minute after the restart before fellow substitute Daniel Jensen (85) completed the victory in front of 23,000 fans at the Weserstadion.

Slick passing
Dinamo had negotiated two rounds to reach this stage and their match fitness was evident from the kick-off as a weakened Bremen team struggled with the visitors' slick passing game. Apart from a routine stop from a Boubacar Sanogo header, Dinamo's German goalkeeper Georg Koch had little to do in a first half in which Luka Modrić, on 34 minutes, and Balaban, ten minutes later, passed up presentable opportunities before the latter capitalised on Mandžukić's fine approach play to make it 1-0.

Super subs
Home coach Thomas Schaaf had little choice but to change things, and change they did as Almeida and Jensen – on for the disappointing Leon Andreasen and Kevin Schindler – each scored to complete a stirring comeback. The Portuguese struck first with a fine individual goal which reinvigorated the Bundesliga giants and forced the Croatian side on to the back foot. Jensen's goal was also a cracker, the Dane arrowing in a shot from 20 metres with five minutes to go, yet the tie remains open ahead of the return in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 31/08/07 18.43CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
Substitution46
9
BalabanBoško Balaban
Yellow Card38
Goal45+1
Substitution80
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
3
ČaleHrvoje Čale
Yellow Card40
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
18
SammirSammir
Substitution88
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
7
EttoEtto
10
DiegoDiego
26
DrpićDino Drpić
4
NaldoNaldo
Yellow Card76
1
KochGeorg Koch (GK)
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
10
ModrićLuka Modrić (C)
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
6
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
Yellow Card87
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
Substitution74
23
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
18
SanogoBoubacar Sanogo
25
ŠokotaTomo Šokota
Substitution37
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
Substitution46
20
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević

Substitutes

20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution46
Goal85
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution46
Goal46
13
ChagoMathias Chago
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
19
GuelaFranck Guela
Substitution88
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution74
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution37
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
8
TomićAnte Tomić
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
Substitution80

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Branko Ivankovic (CRO)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Roberto Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Ayza Gamez (ESP)

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