by Anton Johan
German football fans were very excited ahead of last Saturday's match between
Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern München and Werder Bremen, but
after a tough 90 minutes, neither team had scored.
Going into the match, Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf was eager to show off his
latest acquisitions in the form of Brazilian midfielder Wesley and French
defender Mikaël Silvestre,
both of whom have great track records.
Despite hosting the match, Bayern München started off sluggishly, and Werder
striker Marko Arnautovic took advantage as barely three minutes in he made it to
the edge of Bayern's box, but sent his effort over the bar.
But even Arnautovic's brazenness did not shake Bayern awake as a just a few
minutes later, again the visitors came painfully close to scoring when a header
from Werder defender Sebastian Prödl almost made it in.
This second close call seemed to finally shake Bayern München awake, and its
attackers came into play. What followed were some superb efforts at goal from
Bayern winger Franck Ribery and forward Thomas Müller.
However, their efforts were scuppered thanks to some excellent saves from Werder
goalkeeper Tim Wiese. But the rest of the first half failed to yield many more
opportunities as both sides tightened up their defense.
In the second half, both teams emerged with a renewed vigor. Arnautovic
particularly looked set to finish what he started early on in the first half as
he helped set up some chances for teammates Wesley and Aaron Hunt.
But no matter how hard each team tried, neither could score against the other.
So with a win, a draw and a loss each, Werder Bremen and Bayern München are
lying 9th and 10th respectively in the Bundesliga standings.
Here are the complete Bundesliga results from last weekend:
899 Hoffenheim 2-0 FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Hamburger SV 1-1 1. FC Nürnberg
Borussia M'gladbach 0-4 Eintracht Frankfurt
SC Freiburg 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96 2-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Bayern München 0-0 SV Werder Bremen
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1. FC Köln 1-0 FC St. Pauli