KENYA BROWN - Thursday, December 3, 2015
Fabian Johnson was the hero for Borussia Mönchengladbach as they stole a point at Hoffenheim, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were the latest victims to fall to Bayern Munich.
Hoffenheim 3 - 3 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fabian Johnson has been in a rich vein of form as of late and he continued to show it as he scored the game-tying goal as well as another goal earlier in the game to help the Foals to share the points with his former team at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
The tie extended Mönchengladbach's unbeaten run to nine games since head coach Andre Schubert took charge after their slump earlier in the season.
Johnson, who has been in scoring form since his goal against Juventus in the Champions League, got things going in the fifth minute when he ran onto a through ball from teammate Mahmoud Dahoud and put his shot past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to give his team the lead.
However, the pendulum would swing in the favor of the home side when they found the equalizer six minutes later through Steven Zuber. The Swiss international was able to rise above his challengers to get his head on a corner kick sent in from Nadiem Amiri.
Hoffenheim would make it 2-1 in the 34th minuted when Eugen Polanski's shot would take a deflection off a Mönchengladbach defender and into the goal. Amiri once again provided the assist.
Amiri would turn from provider to goal minutes after the start of the second half as he collected an errant back pass to slot the ball past Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
It looked like the game was done, but the visitors would find a way to comeback for the tie.
Josip Drmic cut the lead to 3-2 in the 56th minute as he headed the ball into the goal from a cross by teammate Lars Stindl.
Then just before stoppage time Johnson would make his presence known once again in the game as he would collect a pass from Raffael, run into the box, sidestep two defenders and fire his shot past Baumann to level the score.
The tie moves Mönchengladbach up to fourth place in the standings.
Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Hertha Berlin
It looks like there will be no team in the Bundesliga that will stop Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin were just the latest to fall to the reigning champions at the Allianz Arena.
John Brooks got the start in central defense for the capital team in the losing effort.
The Bavarians did their damage in the first half, with Thomas Muller opening the scoring in the 34th minute. The German international headed in the ball from close range after a corner kick. It was his 13th goal of the season.
The home side made it 2-0 in the 41st minute as Kingsley Coman volleyed in a shot off a pass from teammate Javi Martinez.
It was dominant performance by Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin will have to regroup before next weekend's game at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
The loss drops Hertha to fifth place in the standings.
Alfredo Morales was in the starting lineup for Ingolstadt as they were thrashed 4-0 by Hannover.
Timothy Chandler was an unused sub in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 loss to Mainz.
Bobby Wood was in the starting eleven for Union Berlin and provided the assist on their goal as they settled for a 1-1 tie with Arminia Bielefeld.
Caleb Stanko was a spectator on the bench as Freiburg beat Heidenheim 2-1.
Andrew Wooten was in the starting lineup for Sandhausen as they fell to Duisburg 3-0.
Shawn Barry started in the midfield for FSV Frankfurt in their 2-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf.