KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Christian Pulisic did it again as he scored a goal in Borussia Dortmund's win over Stuttgart, while Alfredo Morales scored in Ingolstadt's tie with Hannover.
Stuttgart 0 - 3 Borussia Dortmund
The Black and Yellows made sure Bayern Munich could not celebrate their league title win for at least another week as they earned all three points at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
After sitting for the German Cup semifinal against Hertha Berlin, Pulisic returned to the starting lineup, playing in the midfield and netting the second Bundesliga goal of his young career.
Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute as he hit the goal from close range on a pass from teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Dortmund were just too strong on the day and they continued to put pressure on the home side's goal when Pulisic scored his and the team's second goal before the halftime whistle. An initial shot parried away by Stuttgart goalkeeper Roman Burki fell at the feet of the 17-year-old who made sure the second attempt ended up in the back of the net.
He is now the youngest player to score two goals in the Bundesliga.
Mkhitaryan was a thorn in the side of Stuttgart for the entire game and he got a deserved goal in the 56th minute to cap off a dominating performance by Dortmund.
Dortmund remain in second place in the standings on 74 points.
Ingolstadt 2 - 2 Hannover
Ingolstadt blew a two-goal lead after going down a man to end up sharing the points at the Audi-Sportpark.
Morales made his return to the starting lineup for die Schanzer and played the entire game.
The midfielder would score his first Bundesliga goal for the home side in the 10th minute when headed in a cross Danny Da Costa on the right wing.
Despite the positive start to the game, Igolstadt went go down a man 10 minutes later when Romain Bregerie was shown a red card for taking down Stuttgart's Felix Klaus.
Down a man, but Ingolstadt found their second goal in the 25th minute. Pascal Gross' free kick would find the head of Moritz Hartmann.
Hannover, who will head down to the 2.Bundesliga next season, started their fight back in the second half as the Japanese duo of Hiroki Sakai and Hiroshi Kiyotake scored for the team.
Sakai blasted in a shot from the right in the 58th minute, while Kiyotake put a half volley in eight minutes from time.
Ingolstadt sit ninth place in the standings on 40 points, which is enough to guarantee their stay in the Bundesliga for next season.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1 - 1 St. Pauli
Fabrice Picault's goal in the 71st minute was enough to help St. Pauli share the points with Düsseldorf at the ESPRIT Arena.
Picault has been flying under the radar in Germany, but the former U.S. Under-20's recent play has been grabbing attention, especially that of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
St. Pauli would go down early in the first half through a goal from Kerem Demirbay. A cross from the left found Lukas Schmitz, who could not direct the ball towards the goal. However, Demirbay would get his head onto the ball and put it into the goal.
Düsseldorf had several chances to extend their lead, but as each effort was squandered it gave the visitors a greater chance to find the equalizer.
St. Pauli would start to take their chances at the home side's goal and would eventually score in the 71st minute. A counter-attack from the back would find Daniel Buballa on the left. His cross threaded through the Düsseldorf defense and found an oncoming Picault who one-timed it past goalkeeper Michael Rensing to level the score.
St. Pauli sit in fourth place in the 2.Bundesliga standings on 50 points, nine points out from the promotion playoff spot.
Fabian Johnson was a late game sub as Borussia Mönchengladbach earned a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim.
Tim Chandler did not dress as Eintracht Frankfurt got a much needed 2-1 win over Mainz to keep them in the race to avoid relegation.
John Brooks did not dress as the capital team fell 2-0 to Bayern Munich.
Bobby Wood started for Union Berlin, but could not get on the score sheet this time as they were decimated 6-2 by Nürnberg.
Andrew Wooten entered the game in the 77th minute for Sandhausen as they beat Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt 1-0.
Caleb Stanko played the final three minutes of the game for Freiburg as they knocked off MSV Duisburg 3-0.