Werder Bremen draws at Hertha Berlin to earn 1st point
BERLIN (AP) Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah struck for Werder Bremen to draw at Hertha Berlin 1-1 and claim its first point of the Bundesliga season on Friday.
Valentin Stocker rifled a shot to the roof of the net for the home side in the sixth minute, but Ujah equalized with Bremen's first chance 20 minutes later after a cross from left back Ulisses Garcia.
''I tried first with my head and it didn't go in but then I had a second chance with my foot and it did,'' Ujah said of his second goal in three competitive games.
Hertha began strongly after the break, when Stocker failed to make the most of a good chance.
The visitors threatened a late victory when Jannik Vestergaard struck the post in the 82nd, a minute after Bremen had hit the crossbar with a deflected effort.
''We had the chance to go 2-0 up after the first goal and we didn't take it,'' Hertha coach Pal Dardai said. ''We're not effective enough in front of goal. That's the last missing thing we need to draw out of our players.''
Alexander Baumjohann returned from injury with eight minutes remaining. The Hertha midfielder tore cruciate ligaments in his knee in August 2013 and then again in August 2014.
''It's an incredible feeling. I've always been working toward it (returning). Unfortunately it wasn't enough for the win,'' Baumjohann said.
Hertha is provisionally top, ahead of the rest of the second round, with four points from two games.