Saturday, May 16, 2009

Werder walks through match against KSC

With total focus on Wednesday's UEFA Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk, the Green Whites went through the motions losing 3-1 to Karlsruher SC at Weserstadion. The match offered little insight in Wedesday's finale and certainly it was looked at to be good practice run but put nothing at risk.

With Sebastian Boenisch, Clemens Fritz, Mesut Özil and Claudio Pizarro out of Thomas Schaaf’s starting eleven KSC went on the attack immediately. Needing a win to have any chance to avoid relegation, the visitors had a chance to take the lead three minutes in as Sebastian Prödl adjudged a penalty on his foul of Lars Stindl. However Marco Engelhardt's effort was held back by Tim Wiese and match remained scoreless. The reprieve aside Lars Stindl rounded out a double before the break to give KSC the 2-0 lead. Two minutes before the half hour Stefano Celozzi's from the right was headed in by the striker to the left corner and nine minutes later he drilled the ball in from just outside the area. Prior to a late consolation goal for Werder, KSC extended its lead ten minutes after the break as Sebastian Freis' pulled the ball back from the byline to Alexander Iashvili who scored from the edge of the six-yard box. With seventeen minutes Mesut Özil's split KSC's defenders putting through Hugo Almeida, who first attempt was saved but was able to turn the rebound in quickly. While Werder missed a late attempt, the match was without any intensity as all all eyes are turned towards Wednesday.