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(ATT 23,000) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: D Aytekin

E Braunschweig Eintracht Braunschweig vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

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Z Junuzovic (81)

Narrow defeat for Braunschweig

Last Updated: 10/08/13 8:45pm

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Zlatko Junuzovic: Scored Werder Bremen's winner

Zlatko Junuzovic: Scored Werder Bremen's winner

Eintracht Braunschweig were given a cruel welcome to the Bundesliga as they went down 1-0 to north German rivals Werder Bremen despite dominating for much of the game.

Eintracht's first season in the top flight for 28 years was promising enough until the 82nd minute, when Zlatko Junuzovic put the visitors in front.

The goal, which came from a speculative long ball forward, silenced the Braunschweig fans who had been dreaming of a better Bundesliga debut, which their side had probably deserved.

Back in the big time for the first time since 1985, Eintracht needed a little time to get used to their new surroundings.

Fortunately for them, they came up against a Bremen side who were willing to give them that time and who were pretty nervous themselves after being knocked out of the DFB-Pokal a week ago.

The first half was therefore spent largely in the midfield with neither side carving out any chances.

Eintracht discovered more courage in the second half and went close to breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute when Ken Reichel's shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Sebastian Mielitz.

Soon after, Ermin Bicakcic only just missed the target with an overhead kick as the home team increased the pressure.

On a rare break, Aaron Hunt saw his shot parried by Marjan Petkovic with Nils Petersen sending the rebound into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Bremen then struck with a goal out of the blue which they themselves had not even expected.

Sebastian Prodl's long clearance out of defence turned into an assist for Junuzovic, who let the ball pass him on the left before sweeping it high inside the near post.

The Eintracht Stadion fell silent with only a pocket of fans dressed in green celebrating an unlikely lead.

And just to typify Eintracht's day, Jan Hochscheidt saw his shot cleared off the line by Luca Caldirola in the 88th minute as the league newcomers were given a bitter baptism in the Bundesliga.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Wolfsburg 31 53
5 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25