KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 19, 2016
It was a big weekend for Christian Pulisic as he scored his first Bundesliga goal in Borussia Dortmund's win over Hamburg, while Bobby Wood scored again for Union Berlin.
Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Hamburg
After demoralizing loss to Liverpool in the Europa League quarterfinals, the the Black and Yellows took out their frustrations on Hamburg at the Signal-Iduna-Park.
Pulisic started up top in a three-man front line with Shinji Kagawa and Gonzalo Castro, playing the entire 90 minutes.
It took the home team some time to get into the game, but they would get on the score board in the 38th minute with the Pennsylvania native finding the back of the net. Pulisic started the play from the left side of the field with a pass to Kagawa. The Japanese international would then pass the ball to team captain Mats Hummels, who laid it off to the 17-year-old to fire a shot at the near post of Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler.
The goal makes Pulisic the fourth youngest goal scorer in Bundesliga history after the likes of Julian Draxler and Nuri Sahin, and the youngest non-German to ever score in the country's top-flight.
With the first goal scored, Dortmund felt more at ease and went on to score a second a minute before halftime through Adrian Ramos. Sahin would loft his pass to the Colombian who sprinted down the left side. He sidestepped two Hamburg defenders before curling his shot pass a diving Adler to double Dortmund's lead.
Dortmund were in firm control and rounded out the scoring in the 86th minute with Ramos scoring his second on the day. Kagawa's effort from outside the box was parried by Hamburg's substitute goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny who had replaced Adler after was sent off in the 52nd minute, but Ramos followed up to knock in the loose ball.
The win leaves Dortmund in second place in the standings on 71 points, seven points behind first place Bayern Munich.
Union Berlin 1 - 0 Heidenheim
If this is Bobby Wood's only season at Union Berlin, it will be certainly one the fans will remember as the forward scored again for his team in their at Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
Union would come out the stronger of the two sides in the first half and had two good opportunities to open the scoring. Wood had the best of the two early on when a cross from his teammate on the left skipped past two Heidenheim defenders and to his feet. However, the Hawaii native redirected the ball away from goal and into the hands of Heidenheim goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann.
Wood did not muck up the next opportunity as he found the back of the net in the 27th minute for Union.
A corner kick would find the head of Michael Parensen and the ball was directed into the path of the 23-year-old who headed it home for the only goal of the game. It was the eighth straight game that Wood has scored a goal and his remarkable 17th this season.
Wood is now two goals behind Bochum's Simon Terodde for the top scorer in the 2.Bundesliga.
The wins moves Union up to sixth place in the standings on 43 points.
Fabian Johnson started in the midfield for Borussia Mönchengladbach, but the Foals lost 2-0 to Hannover.
Tim Chandler started at right back for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
John Brooks returned to the starting lineup for Hertha Berlin, but the capital team suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim.
Alfredo Morales watched from the bench as Ingolstadt suffered a 2-0 loss to Darmstadt.
Andrew Wooten watched from the bench as Sandhausen earned a 1-0 win over RB Leipzig.
Shawn Barry was on the bench as FSV Frankfurt fell 2-0 to Paderborn.
Caleb Stanko watched from the bench as 2.Bundesliga leaders Freiburg settled for a 2-2 tie with Eintracht Braunschweig.