The first comeback from injury for Werder Bremen’s players brought a safety alert from the authorities. Bundesliga commentators were also concerned about outbreaks of violence with Borussia Dortmund coming into Dortmund stadium, where their supporters also made their presence felt in the second half of the home club’s 3-1 defeat.
The home side is where Bremen made their first comeback from injury, winning 3-1 with a hat-trick by Timo Werner, who has had to serve a suspension after not making it out of his first game back from injury.
It was not just Werner’s close-range opener that unsettled the Bremen fans, who bombarded the host’s fans with objects and “deemed ‘stupid’ by some Borussia Dortmund fans”.
Martin Harnik also returned to the Werder side after a 13-month absence, playing a part in goals by Wulf Bosch, Stefan Kiessling and Daniel Didavi in their comeback.
Victory lifted Bremen to 18th in the table, above Dortmund on goal difference, as they try to save their 2017-18 season.
The parties also came back together, with a repeat of events at the Wackenhutstram stadium in the year 2000, where the fans forced the match to continue for an hour, a crime which continues to haunt the club, making the return of Werner a cause for some extra worry.
The rioters left the stadium and returned, with Bremen police on duty following the prior disruption.
At the end the German football authorities decided not to play the second-half at the rearranged venue of the Alexanderplatz after no decision was reached over the matter. A game in Berlin between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on 11 September also ended early after ugly scenes from both sides of the canal.