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Pazzini takes gloss off Bremen win

Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.59CET
SV Werder Bremen 3-1 UC Sampdoria
Bremen gained the upper hand against ten-man UC Sampdoria but a last-minute goal from Giampaolo Pazzini tempered celebrations.
by Simon Hart
from Weser-Stadion

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Match statistics

BremenSampdoria

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners8
 
1
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed23
 
26
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.59CET

Pazzini takes gloss off Bremen win

SV Werder Bremen 3-1 UC Sampdoria
Bremen gained the upper hand against ten-man UC Sampdoria but a last-minute goal from Giampaolo Pazzini tempered celebrations.

SV Werder Bremen gained the upper hand in their UEFA Champions League play-off against ten-man UC Sampdoria but the celebrations at the Weser-Stadion were tempered by a last-minute goal from Giampaolo Pazzini.

Thomas Schaaf's home side seized control through second-half goals from Clemens Fritz, Torsten Frings – a penalty after Sampdoria defender Stefano Lucchini had earned a red card – and Claudio Pizarro. But Pazzini's header from substitute Marius Stankevičius's cross restored hope for the visitors ahead of next Tuesday's return in Genoa.

For Sampdoria's commendably noisy fans this was their first taste of Europe's elite competition since the 1992 final. A good number had seen the start of the Bremen-Shanghai classic car rally in the city's Marktplatz earlier in the day but it was a different odyssey that had drawn them to northern Germany. They nearly saw their team steal in front in the fourth minute when the unmarked Pazzini nodded Angelo Palombo's free-kick wide. Pazzini did find the net ten minutes later but had stepped offside before stabbing home Franco Semioli's cross.

This was Bremen's first match without the newly departed Mesut Özil and Schaaf charged Aaron Hunt with occupying the space between the midfield and forward lines. Hunt produced several incisive combinations with the Bremen strikers in the first half, getting some joy down the left where Massimo Volta was making his Sampdoria debut at right-back.

After getting gradually closer to a goal in the first half – notably when Hugo Almeida grazed the crossbar with a header and Philipp Bargfrede drew a fingertip stop from Gianluca Curci – Bremen broke through six minutes after the restart. Sampdoria midfielder Fernando Tissone will rue the weak clearance that sent the ball straight to Fritz who strode forward and, from outside the box, sent a fierce shot past Curci and into the far corner.

Sampdoria, in their first match under coach Domenico Di Carlo, were on the back foot though Pazzini went close when he beat Tim Wiese with a low shot that came back off the far post. Instead in the 67th minute Bremen got a second. Lucchini was penalised for pulling Sebastian Prödl's shirt – earning a second yellow card in the process – and Frings' spot kick beat Curci to his right, the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball to no avail. Moments later Pizarro made it three, playing a neat one-two with Almeida and wrong-footing Curci as his shot deflected off Stankevičius.

Last updated: 27/11/12 5.22CET

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Quotes

  • Clemens Fritz

    "The goal Sampdoria scored was avoidable and leaves a bitter aftertaste but it should serve as a warning for the second leg"

  • Per Mertesacker

    "I think we can do a good job in Italy and get through"

Lineups

bremen

Bremen

sampdoria

Sampdoria

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
85
CurciGianluca Curci (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution77
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Yellow Card52
6
BorowskiTim Borowski
6
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
Yellow Card61
Red Card66
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Goal51
Yellow Card53
7
ManniniDaniele Mannini
Substitution65
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution85
10
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Goal90
15
PrödlSebastian Prödl
12
TissoneFernando Tissone
Substitution59
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
Goal67
17
PalomboAngelo Palombo (C)
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution89
26
VoltaMassimo Volta
Yellow Card18
24
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal69
28
GastaldelloDaniele Gastaldello
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
77
SemioliFranco Semioli
Substitution68
44
BargfredePhilipp Bargfrede
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Yellow Card81

Substitutes

21
MielitzSebastian Mielitz (GK)
1
Da CostaAngelo Da Costa (GK)
2
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution77
4
DessenaDaniele Dessena
7
ArnautovicMarko Arnautovic
Substitution89
8
GubertiStefano Guberti
Substitution65
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
9
PozziNicola Pozzi
10
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution85
16
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution59
19
WagnerSandro Wagner
23
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Substitution68
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
89
MarilungoGuido Marilungo

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Domenico Di Carlo (ITA)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Laurent Ugo (FRA), Stéphane Duhamel (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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