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Spot-on Bremen keep Dinamo at bay

Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.15CET
NK Dinamo Zagreb 2-3 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-5)
Diego converted two penalties as the German visitors held off a determined Dinamo team to seal progress.
by Elvir Islamović
Spot-on Bremen keep Dinamo at bay
Diego celebrates his second goal of the night in Zagreb ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Dinamo ZagrebBremen

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 August 2007, 23.15CET

Spot-on Bremen keep Dinamo at bay

NK Dinamo Zagreb 2-3 Werder Bremen (agg: 3-5)
Diego converted two penalties as the German visitors held off a determined Dinamo team to seal progress.

Werder Bremen held their nerve to book a return to the UEFA Champions League group stage with an exciting 5-3 aggregate triumph though they were pushed all the way at the Maksimir Stadium by a determined NK Dinamo Zagreb outfit.

Diego spot-kicks
Coming into the game with a precarious 2-1 lead after the first encounter in Germany, Bremen enjoyed a dream start when Diego converted a 13th-minute penalty. Yet Ognjen Vukojević capitalised on a defensive error to reduce the Croatian side's overall deficit and it set the tone for the evening as the visitors struggled to put the tie beyond reach. Boubacar Sanogo restored their two-goal aggregate advantage, then Luka Modrić hit back from the spot for the home team before Diego scored yet another penalty midway through the half to finally settle the tie.

Vukojević strike
Diego had proved equally efficient 57 minutes earlier when he neatly slotted in from eleven metres after Hugo Almeida had elicited a foul in the middle of a crowded Dinamo box. It temporarily silenced the majority of the 40,000 crowd, but they regained their voice eight minutes later when Vukojević pounced on a loose pass from Frank Baumann and fired in courtesy of a deflection off the former Germany international. Yet that goal came against the run of play and Bremen quickly regained their composure and then, six minutes before the interval, the lead.

Sanogo effort
Hugo Almeida worked space for a powerful effort from the left that German goalkeeper Georg Koch could only parry into the path of Sanogo, who made no mistake. It left the home side needing to score three times to win through to the group stage, and although Modrić pulled one back after Boško Balaban had been brought down, Diego restored Bremen's lead on the night with 20 minutes remaining after Etto was fouled to finally extinguish home hopes.

Last updated: 30/08/07 10.29CET

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Lineups

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

bremen

Bremen

9
BalabanBoško Balaban
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
18
SammirSammir
Substitution76
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
15
CarlosCarlos
Yellow Card67
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
7
EttoEtto
Substitution78
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
26
DrpićDino Drpić
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Yellow Card57
Substitution68
1
KochGeorg Koch (GK)
Yellow Card13
10
DiegoDiego
Goal13
Goal70
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card70
4
NaldoNaldo
10
ModrićLuka Modrić (C)
Goal40
Yellow Card42
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
Yellow Card57
Substitution81
6
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
Substitution62
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
23
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
20
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Goal21
Yellow Card65
18
SanogoBoubacar Sanogo
Goal38
Substitution76

Substitutes

2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
13
ChagoMathias Chago
33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
19
GuelaFranck Guela
Substitution78
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
Substitution68
12
LončarićFilip Lončarić (GK)
25
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
14
MikićMihael Mikić
Substitution76
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution76
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
13
TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution81
30
VugrinecDavor Vugrinec
Substitution62
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler

Coach

Branko Ivankovic (CRO) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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