KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 19, 2016
Christian Pulisic started his first Bundesliga game of the season as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Darmstadt, while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach had a big win of their own.
Borussia Dortmund 6-0 Darmstadt
It was a goal-fest for fans at Signal-Iduna-Park as Borussia Dortmund handily beat Darmstadt.
After great outing in BVB's Champions League win over Legia Warsaw in the middle of the week, Pulisic followed that up with another great performance in his first Bundesliga start of the season.
The home side opened the scoring seven minutes into the first half through Gonzalo Castro. Ousmane Dembele crossed the ball into the area from the left and Castro easily put his shot past Darmstadt goalkeeper Michael Esser.
Dortmund poured on the pressure in the second half and Andrian Ramos would score their second goal in the 48th minute. Esser was able to stop Raphaël Guerreiro's long-range effort, but Ramos would be there to pounce on the rebound.
Pulisic would make it 3-0 for the host six minutes later as the team pressed ahead from the left and the ball came across to the teen, who got his shot past a helpless Esser.
The wunderkind would add his first assist of the game in the 78th minute as his cross from the left found Castro in the center of the area. It was the German's second goal on the day.
Dortmund did not let up and they made it 5-0 in the 84th minute. Castro this time became the provider as he setup Sebastian Rode, who added a touch of class on his goal with the cheeky back heel.
Emre Mor rounded out the scoring in the 88th minute when Pulisic's cross found his fellow teenage teammate on the left, whose shot beat Esser at the near post.
The win leaves Dortmund in fourth place with six points.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen
Two goals a piece from Thorgan Hazard and Raffael proved to be enough as the Foals easily beat Werder Bremen at Borussia Park.
After a demoralizing loss to Manchester City in the Champions League in the middle of the week, this win was the perfect tonic for 'Gladbach.
Johnson would setup the home side's first goal 11 minutes into the game as his through ball found Hazard, who had no problems putting it past Bremen goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny.
The Belgian scored his second goal six minutes later when Jannik Vestergaard's long ball was pounced on by Hazard and blasted by Drobny.
The day got even rougher for Bremen when Raffaell scored the Foals' third in the 21st minute. Lars Stindl was brought down in the area by Drobny, allowing the Brazilian to step up an put away the penalty.
Raffaell added his second in the 41st minute. Stindl's cross from the right was initially deflected by a Bremen defender, but it bounced towards the forward, who spun to his left an unleashed a volley that hit the back of the net.
Aron Johannsson would step on the field for Bremen in the second half to help the team reduce the huge deficit. He helped the team get one back in the 73rd minute when his chipped pass found Serge Gnarby, who blasted his volley past 'Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
However, it would be a short day on the field for Johannsson who received a red card in the 80th minute for dissent.
Mönchengladbach now sit in sixth place with six points, while Bremen remain rooted at the bottom of the standings in search of their first points of the season.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Marco Fabian's goal 11 minutes from time ensured Frankfurt of their second win of the season as they beat Bayer Leverkusen at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Tim Chandler started at right back for the home side and played the entire game.
After an uneventful first half, which saw no goals, Frankfurt opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when Alexander Meier knocked down a cross from Fabian and blasted the ball into the goal.
However, any celebrations from Frankfurt fans were silenced seven minutes later when Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer. Kevin Volland's cross from the left found the Mexican international who went on to score his first goal of the season.
However, Fabian would score the game winner for the Eagles in the 79th minute when Ante Rebic's pass found the midfielder, who one-timed it past Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, to help his team regain the lead.
Leverkusen had one more chance to level the score when Chandler was judged to have brought down Julian Brandt in the area. Hernandez stepped up to take the penalty, but his shot bounced off the post.
The win puts Frankfurt in seventh place with six points.
Alfredo Morales started and played 63 minutes, while Julian Green took his usual place on the bench as Bayern Munich secured a 3-1 win over Ingolstadt.
It was quiet day for Bobby Wood as he saw 83 minutes of action in Hamburg's 4-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
John Brooks sat out due to a muscle injury as Hertha Berlin maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Schalke.
Russell Canouse watched from the bench as Bochum came out on top in a thrilling 5-4 win over Nurnberg.
Andrew Wooten started and played 66 minutes as Sandhausen fell 2-1 to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Jerome Kiesewetter played the final eight minutes of the game in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 2-0 loss to Heidenheim.
Jann George started and played 77 minutes in Jahn Regensburg's 2-2 tie with Fortuna Köln.
David Yelldell watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach settled for a 2-2 tie with Aalen.
Shawn Barry started in FSV Frankfurt's 1-1 tie with Hallescher FC.