André Schubert’s side were dominant throughout as they secured a comfortable win on matchday three of the Bundesliga. Thorgan Hazard opened the floodgates for the Fohlenelf in the 11th minute.
In front of a 54,014 sell-out crowd at Borussia Park, the Fohlenelf were rampant from the start and left no doubt that they would leave victorious. Thorgan Hazard fired Borussia into a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute and it took him just another six minutes for him to register his second. Raffael also found the net twice in the first half, with his first goal coming from the spot. Borussia then looked to control the tempo of the game in the second half.
Head coach André Schubert made five changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Manchester City on Wednesday evening. Alongside Ibrahima Traoré and Thorgan Hazard, Julian Korb, Jannik Vestergaard and Tony Jantschke started for the Fohlenelf, forming the back-three in front of goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Andreas Christensen and Christoph Kramer occupied central midfield, with Ibrahima Traoré and Fabian Johnson playing out wide. Lars Stindl, Raffael and Thorgan Hazard formed a three-man attack.
André Schubert had to do without the injured Patrick Herrmann (torn abductor), Mamadou Doucouré (just returning from a muscle tear), Alvaro Dominguez (back problem) and Josip Drmic (rehab from cartilage damage).
3’: First shot at goal for the Fohlenelf as Johnson plays a lovely ball through to Hazard, but his shot sails over the opposition goal.
6’: Hazard runs towards goal, rounds the Wolfsburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny, but Diagne is on hand to block the Belgian’s shot.
8’: Hazard again takes a shot on goal, but Drobny’s save takes the ball out for a corner.
11’: Raffael dances through a couple of challenges on the half-way line and passes to Johnson. The American then squares it to Hazard who beats Drobny with a good finish into the corner – 1:0.
14’: Traoré sprints down the right and beats a Bremen defender, but his shot goes just wide.
17’: Hazard does brilliantly on his own to score Borussia’s second. The Belgian runs onto a long pass forward from Vestergaard and coolly slots the ball past Drobny – 2:0.
20’: Stindl is brought down by Drobny in the box. Raffael then confidently converts the subsequent penalty – 3:0.
29’: Hazard and Johnson play a one-two. The ball then finds its way to Raffael but a Bremen player makes a last-ditch tackle.
39’: After a quick counter-attack Johnson is one-on-one Drobny. However, Werder’s keeper remains still and stops Borussia scoring a fourth.
40’: Stindl crosses into the centre from the right. The ball finds Raffael who spins round volleys into the net – 4:0.
51’: Substitute Aron Johansson crops up in front of the Borussia goal, but Yann Sommer makes a comfortable save.
55’: Werder’s Sambou Yatabaré attempts two shots at goal from distance within seconds of each other. The first is saved by Sommer with the second heading wide.
60’: The Fohlenelf receive a free-kick within shooting distance, but Jannik Vestergaard’s effort is blocked.
69’: Yann Sommer can only parry Florian Grillitsch’s effort on goal back into the box, but Johansson’s follow-up shot is well saved by the Borussia keeper.
71’: Dahoud is put through by substitute Hofmann but he can’t quite reach the pass.
73: Johansson chips the ball over the Borussia defence into the path of Serge Gnabry, who volleys the ball into the net – 4:1.
76’: After a quick counter attack, Hazard is unlucky to not add a fifth after his shot hits the post.
80': Aron Johansson is shown a red card for dissent.
88’: Substitute Dahoud gets a shot away in the box, but enough Bremen players are on hand to block his effort.