Saturday, May 30, 2009

Werkself's DFB Pokal efforts fall short

Werkself’s DFB Pokal run came to end as they lost 1-0 to Bremen via a second half deflected shot from Mesut Özil. The result brings Bayer 04's difficult season to an end with the club once again missing out on European competition.

With a large band of traveling supporters from the Rhineland Werkself had good support in the capital. In the early stages of the match they had a lot to cheer about as Bruno Labbadia's side had the momentum. However play in the final third was insufficient and despite the advantage with ball possession, they were unable to make something of it. Bremen slowly started to get its footing with Diego being the cause of many of Werkself’s problem. The deadlock was broken just before the hour when Mesut Özil's shot struck Manuel Friedrich and squeezed past René Adler for the 1-0 lead. Looking for the right touch Bruno Labbadia brought in Toni Kroos for Arturo Vidal and Angelos Charisteas late but they were unable to break through as the match ending in a 1-0 loss.