Heidenheim score first Bundesliga win on record day for coach Schmidt

football17 September 2023 15:47| © Reuters
Tim Kleindienst © Getty Images

Promoted Heidenheim beat visitors Werder Bremen 4-2 on Sunday to notch their first ever Bundesliga victory on the day that coach Frank Schmidt set a record for the longest stint at a German professional club.

Heidenheim, who on the previous match day had earned their first point with a draw against Borussia Dortmund, struck at the start and end of the first half through a fifth-minute Tim Kleindienst penalty and former Werder player Eren Dinkci in the 44th to go 2-0 up.

Werder came back with goals from Marvin Duksch and Mitchell Weiser but Heindenheim scored again with a well-placed Dinkci shot in the 68th before another former Werder player, Jan-Niklas Beste, made sure of their first Bundesliga win on Schmidt's 16th anniversary as Heidenheim head coach.