First half highlights:
8th minute: Schmid breaks down the right-hand side for Freiburg and crosses to Nils Peterson in the box, but the former Werder man powers his header over the crossbar. An early warning for Kohfeldt and his team!
15th minute: SC Freiburg’s early pressure pays off as they take the lead through Philipp Lienhart. Vincenzo Grifo whips in a corner to the back post and Höler is able to keep the ball alive, finding Lienhart in the six-yard box who directs the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 to the hosts.
20th minute: The ball is in the back of the Werder net again following a low, driven effort by Schmid into the bottom left-hand corner. But it won’t count! The linesman’s flag was up for offside and the goal is ruled out.
25th minute: Ice cold from Füllkrug! Leonardo Bittencourt is brought down in the box and the referee points straight to the spot. Niclas Füllkrug steps up and keeps his cool to send the keeper the wrong way, powering home into the right-hand side of the goal. Werder are level!
40th minute: Two chances in quick succession for Werder! Josh Sargent breaks into the box from the right and shoots. His attempt is blocked and lands at the feet of Nick Woltemade who also tries an effort. Freiburg keeper Florian Müller is able to make a strong save and the ball is cleared.