KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 12, 2016
Alfredo Morales and struggling Ingolstadt provided the shock of the weekend in the Bundesliga as they knocked off debutantes RB Leipzig.
Ingolstadt 1-0 RB Leipzig
An early first half goal from Roger was all Ingolstadt needed to provide the shock win over the former Bundesliga leaders at the Audi-Sportpark.
Morales made his return to the starting line-up and played the entire game in the victory.
It has been a rough season thus far for die Schnazer. After a promising run in their maiden season in the Bundesliga, this time they have found themselves in a sophomore slump as they are currently in the relegation zone. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig has been enjoying their first season in Germany's top league. Despite the controversy and negative reaction from rival teams because of their rapid rise through the ranks, they have found themselves in the hunt for the Bundesliga crown.
However, it would not be their day as Ingolstadt brought some joy to their fans with their first victory in as many games.
The host would score the only goal of the game in the 12th minute when Ingolstadt loan signing Anthony Jung sent the ball into the area from a free kick and Roger rose above his marker to head the ball past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
The visitors, who had won eight games in a row, clearly were the dominant team, but could not get the ball into the goal as Ingolstadt defense was able to withstand the pressure. This was evident in the 52nd minute when goalkeeper Martin Hansen was called in to make a huge save on an effort from Marcel Sabitzer. However, Hansen would have to pulled due to an injury.
Things got a little worrisome going into stoppage time as Igolstadt forward Matthew Leckie was sent off for receiving his second yellow card.
However, Ingolstadt were able to hold on for their first home win of the season and possibly boost their confidence as they prepare for their next game.
Ingolstadt remain in the relegation zone, but move up to 17th place in the standings with nine points.
Bobby Wood came off the bench as Hamburg won their second game in a row following a 1-0 win over Augsburg.
Timmy Chandler started but was sent off after 82 minutes as Eintracht Frankfurt's game with Hoffenheim ended in a 0-0 tie.
Aron Johannsson was on the bench while John Brooks was given the weekend off as Werder Bremen earned a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.
Christian Pulisic watched from the bench as a late goal from Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund secure a 1-1 tie with FC Köln.
Fabian Johnson did not dress as Borussia Mönchengladbach went onto a controversial 1-0 win over Mainz.
Russell Canouse started and scored the only goal of the game in Bochum's 1-0 win over 1860 Munich.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen's 0-0 tie with Würzburger Kickers.
Fabrice Picault came on in the second half in St. Pauli's 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth.
Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 2-0 loss to Nürnberg.
Jann George started while Mario Rodriguez entered the game in the second half as Jann Regensburg went on to earn a 3-0 win over Chemnitzer FC.
Shawn Barry started as FSV Frankfurt's game with Werder Bremen II ended in a 0-0 tie.
Robert Kristo watched from the bench in Osnabrück's 1-0 win over Zwickau.
David Yelldell watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach went on to win 2-1 over Holstein Kiel.