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2019-20 German Bundesliga Promotion/Relegation Playoffs
  • Niklas Moisander (87')
1st Leg
1st Leg

Werder Bremen held by FC Heidenheim in pro/rel playoff

Werder Bremen and Heidenheim players get in a scuffle during their Bundesliga pro/rel playoff. Getty Images

Werder Bremen's top-flight status is hanging by a thread after they were held to a goalless home draw by second-tier Heidenheim in the first leg of their Bundesliga promotion/relegation playoff on Thursday.

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In a match with few chances, the closest either side came to scoring was a stoppage-time opportunity for Bremen midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt that was blocked by a defender when he had the goal at his mercy.

Four-times German champions Bremen, who finished the game with 10 men after a late second yellow card for Niklas Moisander, are looking to retain their top-flight status having spent just one season outside the Bundesliga since it was formed ahead of the 1963-64 campaign.

Heidenheim finished third in Bundesliga 2 and have never played in the top flight. They will host the second leg on Monday.