Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – Live

Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – Live

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Welcome to the Werder Bremen vs West Ham United Futbolgrad Network Minute by Minutes report. In what should be a highly entertaining friendly at the Osterwald Stadion fans were anticipating the first start for Mexican superstar Chicharito in a West Ham shirt. Javier Hernandez will, however, not feature today and the Hammers’ other new signing Marko Arnautović will start from the bench.

Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – 1-0

Werder Bremen win the first of two friendly matches. Werder looked much further in their pre-season preparations than West Ham United, who despite having the majority of the possession in the second half lacked the creativity to break down a strong Werder defence.

90. Minute

Can West Ham find an equalizer?

88. Minute

Almost 2-0 for Werder. Verlaat meets a great freekick cross, but the ball just misses the target.

87. Minute

Great combination play by West Ham and Zabaleta looks ready to deliver a cross in the box. The Argentine is offside, however.

84. Minute

Werder’s defence looks very good here. West Ham had just one shot on target. Even more remarkable Werder head coach Nouri has not made a single change at this point.

81. Minute

Ten minutes to go and West Ham don’t look anywhere near an equalizer.

78. Minute

Fire fighter sirens here at the Osterwald Stadion. Just in time too as Werder have a double chance to make it 2-0! Adrian has to pull out a double save to keep West Ham in the game.

74. Minute

More of the same West Ham have more of the ball without creating any real danger. Remarkable Werder have not made a single change yet.

71. Minute

West Ham are now with some more pressure. But Werder are doing well to absorb the pressure looking to hit the Brits on the counterattack.

68. Minute

Marko Arnautović seems over motivated. The former Werder striker hits the ball on net, which is blocked by Verlaat, who then wants to bring the ball out, but Arnautović follows through with a reckless challenge. A dangerous play for what is just a pre-season friendly.

66. Minute

Pablo Zabaleta is another player brought on and the Argentine, who was signed from Manchester City, is making his physical presence felt on the pitch.

64. Minute

Marko Arnautović is announced on the speakers and there are some boos around the ground. Werder fans have not forgotten the diva quite yet.

62. Minute

Robert Snodgrass with a freekick from 28 metres out. But the ball only hit the side netting.

60. Minute

Meanwhile Werder’s Schmidt’s had been down with what looked like a painful injury. Schmidt can continue though.

58. Minute

Mass change here for West Ham who bring on several new players among them Jose Fonte and Marko Arnautović.

56. Minute

First real chance for West Ham! Creswell brings in a corner and Rice gets his head on it. But Michael Zetterer does well to stop the shot.

53. Minute

West Ham’s early offensive is over. Werder are back in control cycling the ball through their ranks.

51. Minute

Bremen finally manage to get out of their own half. West Ham have been relentless early on.

48. Minute

West Ham look improved in the second half. Much more energy and even a bit of anger in this West Ham side now. They must have gotten quite the talking to in the dressing room.

46. Minute

The second half is underway here at the Osterwald Stadion.

Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – Halftime

Werder lead the game after the first 45 minutes. Die Werderaner were by far the better team and dominated West Ham, who did not have a single shot on target in the first half. It will be interesting to see what changes both managers will make for the second half.

42. Minute

Chance for Werder! Niklas Schmidt has the chance from the edge of the box, but his one timer is saved by West Ham keeper Adrian.

40. Minute

West Ham did not have a single shot on target in this half. Werder have done very well to contain the Hammers.

38. Minute

Eggestein with a chance. The young striker, however, does not hit the ball cleanly and the shot is wide over the target.

35. Minute

Mark Noble had to go off with an injury. Slaven Bilić brings on Pedro Obiang. Noble had been one of the best players on the pitch and a major injury would be bad news for West Ham.

33. Minute

Byram drives the ball forward for West Ham and enters Werder box. He then, however, loses control of the ball and the chance is gone.

30. Minute

It is now raining very heavily.

26. Minute

Ulisses Garcia on the left-wing is having a great game for Werder. The Swiss national is showing physical strength and technical finesse to boss his opposition.

23. Minute

Next chance for Werder who break into West Ham’s box with numbers. The ball, however, is cleared.

22. Minute

Next chance for Werder. The ball is brought into the penalty box by Selassie and then is cleared. Jérôme Gondorf waits at the edge of the box and hammers the ball on net. His shot misses the target though.

20. Minute

No Max Kruse today by the way. The German striker is out with an injury. There are still some speculations about his future, but with his exit clause expiring in three days, a move seems unlikely at this point.

18. Minute

Werder are now putting up some more pressure. The Germans are looking fresher and more aggressive on the pitch. Their passes and buildup play is also crisper.

15. Minute

West Ham fans are enjoying the day out in Germany.

14. Minute

Holland and Noble have been the two best players for West Ham thus far. The two have a great combination play at the right side of the pitch, but Werder’s defence remains steadfast.

11. Minute – TOOOOOOOOOOR

Werder Bremen have taken the lead! Great buildup play on the left of the pitch and the ball arrives at Johannes Eggestein, who scores with a nice finish that hits the post and then goes in the net.

10. Minute

Game has mostly become a midfield battle at this point. Werder circulates the ball nicely and West Ham is struggling to gain control of the ball from the Werderaner.

6. Minute

West Ham’s Holland tries to push forward on the right side of Werder’s box. He can’t find a way through, however, and Werder can clear the situation.

4. Minute

First chance for Werder. Gebre Selassie escapes the West Ham defence, but cannot control the long ball played to him and his shot misses the target.

3. Minute

Energetic start by both sides here. Both sides are probing the opposition trying to get an early goal in.

1. Minute

The Osterwald Stadion is packed in what is a somewhat grey day here in Schneverdingen.

Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – Kick off

The game is underway!

Werder Bremen vs West Ham United – Buildup

18:30

Joe Hart and Marko Arnautović are expected to play in the second half. Both are high profile signings and it will be interesting how Werder fans will react to Arnautović in particular.

18:25

Five minutes to kickoff. Alexander Nouri gives young Jesper Verlaat the start. The son of former Bundesliga star Frank Verlaat has turned heads during the pre-season and it will be interesting to see him in action.

18:20

No Chicharito today. But that is okay. We got everything you need to know about Chicharito here and also on our latest Golazo Podcast!

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18:15

The lineups are here:

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