KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund got back to their free scoring ways with a win over Hamburg, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin easily beat Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Hamburg 2-5 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the star as his four goals helped his team to an emphatic win at the Volksparkstadion.
Pulisic maintained his place in the starting lineup for BVB, while Bobby Wood sat out in the first game of his three-game suspension.
Aubameyang scored the visitor's first just four minutes into the game in a play that was started by the young American. Pulisic would make a run down the left before crossing the ball into the area that found Emre Mor. The Turkish international's shot was blocked by Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler, but the ball fell right at the feet of Aubameyang, who tapped it in from close range.
Mor set up the Gabon international for second goal on the day in the 23th minute. Pressure from the Dortmund front line forced Hamburg to lose the ball and they made them pay for their mistake as Mor entered the area and passed the ball off to Aubameyang to tap in again.
BVB extended their lead four minutes later and it would be Aubameyang sealing his hat trick. Marc Bartra's header from a Hamburg goal kick went right into the path of Auba and he blew right past Cleber to slot the ball past Adler.
It did not take long for the 27-year-old to find his fourth as he got it three minutes into the second half. Hamburg had so much difficulty clearing the ball from their area and Pulisic made sure to pounce the opportunity at took possession and passed it on to Aubameyang, who fired his shot past Adler from just inside the area.
The three points were all but guaranteed for BVB, but Hamburg would score two consolation goals - both coming from Nicolai Muller in the 55th and 81st minutes respectively.
However, this day belonged to Dortmund and Ousmane Dembélé capped it off with a goal of his own, with the assist coming from Aubameyang.
The win moves BVB up to fifth place with 18 points.
Hertha Berlin 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
A Salomon Kalou hat trick ensured the capital team remained not only in the hunt for the Champions League, but also within striking distance of first place with their win at the Olympic Stadium.
Brooks got the start for Hertha in central defense, while Johnson made an early appearance from off the bench for Mönchengladbach.
The Ivory Coast international would score his first in the 18th minute. Mitchell Weiser's cross would find Kalou in the area and his diving header beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer at the far post.
Kalou grabbed his second in the 33rd minute, but he will be thankful to the Foals for providing the assist on a freak accident. Nico Elvedi's attempted clearance bounced of the chest of one of his teammates and the ball somehow was directed towards the Hertha forward who made the visitors pay dearly.
Things went from bad to worse for Mönchengladbach as Christoph Kramer received his marching orders in the 39th minute for getting his second yellow card in the game.
The visitors fought valiantly in the second half, but Kalou sealed his hat trick five minutes from full time when Weiser once again found his teammate in the area - this time with a through ball - and he easily slotted the ball past Sommer.
The win moves Hertha up to fourth place with 20 points, while Mönchengladbach sit in 11th place with 12 points.
An early first half goal was enough for Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt to get a 1-0 win over Köln.
Jerome Kiesewetter started and played the entire for Fortuna Düsseldorf in their 3-0 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
Russell Canouse started and played 68 minutes for Bochum in their 2-1 loss to Greuther Fürth.
Andrew Wooten scored the game-winning goal for Sandhausen in the 3-2 win over 1860 München.
Fabrice Picault started and played 82 minutes as St. Pauli went down 1-0 to Würzburger Kickers.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 3-1 loss to Werder Bremen II.
Robert Kristo and Shawn Barry started for their respective teams as Osnabrück and FSV Frankfurt shared the points after 1-1 tie.
Mario Rodriguez watched from the bench as Chemnitzer FC blanked Wehen Wiesbaden 3-0.