KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Christian Pulisic made his debut for Borussia Dortmund in their win over Ingolstadt, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin shared the points in a thrilling game against Werder Bremen.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Ingolstadt
Saturday was certainly a day for Pulisic to remember as two second half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Dortmund the three points at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Pulisic came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, while Alfredo Morales got the start in the midfield for Ingolstadt in the losing effort.
Dortmund had to fight for this one and they nearly went a goal down in the first half when Dario Lezcano, who was making his debut for the Bavarians, had an excellent opportunity to score, but defender Lukasz Piszczek was able to head the loose ball away for the corner.
The home side did have their chance before halftime when Aubameyang got his head onto a cross from teammate Shinji Kagawa, but Robert Bauer and Ramaza Ozcan were there to stop his effort.
Dortmund would finally wake up and get on the scoreboard in the 77th minute when a cross from Piszczek from the right found the head of Aubameyang to give his team the lead.
The team would double their lead nine minutes later when Aubameyang collected a pass from Gonzalo Castro and put his shot past Ozcan to seal the game.
The win keeps Dortmund in second place on 44 points, eight behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Werder Bremen 3-3 Hertha Berlin
Two goals from Peruvian forward Claudi Pizzaro late in the second half helped Werder Bremen come from behind to share the points with Hertha Berlin at the Weserstadion.
Brooks got the start in central defense for the capital team, playing the full 90 minutes in the tie.
The visitors took command of the game in the first half with a goal from midfielder Vladimir Darida opening the scoring in the 29th minute. The Czech international collected a headed pass from Zlatko Junuzovic fire a shot from long range that beat goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.
Hertha doubled their lead in the 41st minute when Marvin Plattenhardt's free kick from just outside the area beat a diving Wiedwald
Werder got one back in the 67th minute when Fin Bartels made a run from midfield, carving up the heart of Hertha's defense and put his shot past goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Salomon Kalou would score a third for Hertha Berlin in the 71st minute when he tapped in an excellent cross from teammate Johannes van den Bergh.
The game should have been in the bag for the Berliners, but a penalty conceded by Fabian Lustenberger allowed Pizzaro to step up put away his effort in the 75th minute.
The 37-year-old scored the equalizer two minutes later when a corner from Junuzovic corner found the head of Santiago Garcia and Pizzaro made sure the ball went it.
Hertha Berlin are in third place on 34 points, while Werder Bremen are 16th on 19 points.
Fabian Johnson started in the midfield, but Borussia Mönchengladbach fell 1-0 to Mainz. The Foals have lost their first two games since returning from the winter break.
Tim Chandler did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 0-0 tie with Augsburg.