d1. FC Heidenheim celebrates its birthday belatedly Werder Bremen it crashed. Six days after the 125th anniversary of the traditional Hanseatic club, the Bundesliga newcomer drew 2-1 (2-1) at the Weserstadion on Saturday.

In front of 41,000 spectators and numerous football legends from Werder's history, Lennard Maloney (12th minute) and Jan-Niklas Beste (18th) scored for the strong Heidenheimers. Romano Schmid (19th) kept the party spirit going with his goal. With the victory, Heidenheim climbs to eighth place in the standings for the moment.

Before the start there was already a lot of entertainment in the stadium. The club celebrated a special birthday with the fans: the founding date is February 4, 1899. Numerous Werder legends such as Ailton, Diego and Max Lorenz were invited and the fans showed great choreography before kick-off.

The spectators, except for the guest block, dressed in green and white plastic ponchos and presented various banners. A banner showed the greatest successes in the club's history. Despite all the celebrations, fans of both teams protested against the investor's decision in the second half with banners and chants. german soccer league (DFL).

Werder's professionals started the game bravely, with strong support and three victories in a row. Marvin Ducksch passed a through ball to Jens Stage (4th). Heidenheim Goalkeeper Kevin Müller turned and shot from a tight angle into the left post of the empty goal.

Then Heidenheim found his way into the game. Maloney headed in a corner from former Bremen Beste to take the lead. Shortly after, Bremen loanee Eren Dinkci evaded his pursuers down the left flank. Werder goalkeeper Michael Zetterer could not safely stop Dinkci's shot, but Beste scored through the middle to make it 0-2.

Anyone who expected a birthday party to be ruined early was wrong. Werder responded immediately. Senne Lynen crossed high to the far post, where Romano Schmid, only 1.68 meters tall, ran and headed home.

The Bremen Werder sports club from 1899 turns 125 years old.

The Bremen Werder sports club from 1899 turns 125 years old.

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As a result, an open game developed which, accompanied by loud chants from the Bremen fans, repeatedly offered offensive highlights. Heidenheim impressed with its speed and physicality, Werder tried to get ahead of the visiting goal with long balls. Tim Kleindienst (38th) from Heidenheim headed a corner kick, just past the goal. Bream Ducksch (51') was unable to control a ball in a promising position after the break. Bremen became more powerful in the finals.

Substitute Rafael Borré (77, 80) first missed the post and shortly after due to Heidenheim's tight defense. Ducksch (86') could not beat goalkeeper Müller with a powerful shot. Substitute Dawid Kownacki (90+1) headed the ball to the left post.