KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 12, 2016
Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood both scored for their respective teams in losing efforts, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin earned a shutout win over Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt.
Werder Bremen 1 - 2 Augsburg
A 73rd minute goal by Konstantinos Stafylidis allowed Augsburg to snatch all three points from Weder Bremen on Sunday at the Weser Stadium.
The visitors started out the stronger of the two sides early on, but Bremen would turn things around towards the end of the first half.
The home side were rewarded a penalty when Augsburg's Martin Hinteregger made a poor challenge on Zlatko Junuzovic that brought him down in the area.
Johannsson, who has made his way back into the team this season after sitting out much of last term due to a hip injury, stepped up to spot and put away the penalty to score his first goal of the season.
However, Augsburg were not deterred and went on to find the equalizer seven minutes into the second half. Daniel Baier's corner kick would find Jeffrey Gouwleeuw in the area and he would easily volley his shot home after some poor marking by Bremen.
Stafylidis' game winner would seal the game when he blasted his free kick over the Bremen wall and past a helpless Felix Wiedwald.
Werder Bremen remain winless after two games and sit at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Hamburg
Two stoppage time goals by Joel Pohjanpalo not only earned him a hat-trick, but also a big win for Leverkusen at the BayArena.
It was a rather quiet first half as neither side were able to find the back of the net, but the second half proved to be an entirely different story.
Wood, who was returning to the Hamburg side after international duty with the United States, opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Michael Gregoritsch's through ball to the forward was somehow missed by Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, allowing him to tuck it into the open net from distance.
Die Werkself would respond in the 79th minute when Pohjanpalo, who came on as a substitute, scored his first. Kevin Kampl released Julian Brandt into the area and his cross found the head of the Finnish international who buried thr ball into the open net.
Pohjanpalo scored his second in the first minute of stoppage time as he volleyed in a cross from Benjamin Henrichs from just inside the area, sending the spectators into delirium.
The striker rounded out his hat-trick in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Leverkusen were on the counter attack. Javier Hernandez would pass the ball over to Pohjanpalo, who took his time slipped past a defender and blasted his shot in at the near post.
The loss drops Hamburg down to 15th place in the standings.
Ingolstadt 0 - 2 Hertha Berlin
The capital side maintained their unbeaten record with a win at the Audi-Sportpark.
John Brooks, who was out of the United States' World Cup qualifying games due to a back injury, returned to the starting lineup for Hertha, while Alfredo Morales started in midfield for Die Schanzer.
The visitors opened the scoring early in the first half through Vedad Ibisevic. Genki Haraguchi would release the Bosnian international into the area and he slid his shot past Ingolstadt goalkeeper Orjan Nyland to give them the lead.
The home side came close to leveling the score near halftime through Dario Lezcano, but his point-blank shot was well saved by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Ingolstadt did all they could to find the equalizer in the second half, but Hertha put the nail in the coffin in the 86th minute when last weekend's hero, Julian Schieber, headed in a cross from Haraguchi to earn them the three points.
The win moves Hertha up to second place in the standings.
Tim Chandler started at center back for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 1-0 loss to Darmstadt.
Christian Pulisic watched from the bench as Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 1-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
Julian Green watched from the bench as Bayern Munich earned a 2-0 win over Schalke.
Fabian Johnson did not dress as Borussia Mönchengladbach suffered a 3-1 setback to Freiburg.
Russell Canouse earned his first start for Bochum, but the team would fall to Würzburger Kickers 2-0.
Jerome Kiesewetter came on for Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 65th minute as their game with Greuther Fürth ended in a 1-1 tie.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen's 2-0 victory over Kaiserslautern.
Jann George started and scored in the 42nd minute, but Jahn Regensburg fell 3-2 to Sportfreunde Lotte.
Shawn Berry and David Yelldell were spectators on the bench for their respective teams as Sonnenhof Großaspach earned a 3-1 win over FSV Frankfurt.