KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Bobby Wood's goal was not enough as Hamburg fell to Mainz, while Alfredo Morales scored a goal himself in Ingolstadt's win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Mainz 3-1 Hamburg
Bobby Wood's goal was cancelled out by a Danny Latza hat-trick as Mainz went to a big win over Hamburg at Opel Arena.
Wood made his return to the starting line-up for the team after make appearances from off the bench since his return from suspension.
The visitors would open the scoring in the 21st minute, with Wood starting and finishing the play. The forward would collect the loose ball and pass it on to a teammate. Mattias Ostrzolek returned the ball to Wood who then unleashed a shot from just inside the area that beat Mainz goalkeeper Jonas Lössl.
That would be it for Hamburg as the rest of the game belonged to Latza.
The German midfielder leveled the score in the 35th minute as poor clearance from the Hamburg defense allowed him to fire in his shot past goalkeeper Christian Mathenia.
Latza scored his second of the game in the 56th minute in somewhat similar fashion as Hamburg's defense once again failed to clear the ball from the area and allowed him to put his shot away from just outside the area.
The third goal in the 67th minute for Latza was perhaps his best out of the three as he again unleashed a long-range shot that hit the roof of the net and sent the home fans into pandemonium.
The loss now puts Hamburg in 17th place in the standings with 10 points.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt won their second game in a row with a big road win at the BayArena.
Alfredo Morales started the game for the die Schnazer and played the entire game.
It would be the American midfielder who opened the scoring for the visitors in the 26th minute as he put a powerful header past Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Leverkusen would go down to 10 men in the 49th minute when Charles Aránguiz was sent off for getting his second yellow after for lashing out at Anthony Jung away from the action.
Despite being down a man, the second half would see the host fight back to get the equalizer in the 63rd minute as Admir Mehmedi was allowed to run into the area unopposed and put away the goal from a Julian Brandt cross.
However, Ingolstadt would find the game winner in the 73rd minute when Almog Cohen collected a pass from Pascal Groß and had enough time to calmly put away his shot.
The win moves Ingolstadt up to 16th place in the standings with 12 points.
Christian Pulisic started and played 83 minutes in Borussia Dortmund's 2-2 tie with Hoffenheim.
Fabian Johnson is out until the new year for Borussia Mönchengladbach and the team will need him back as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Augsburg.
John Brooks missed his second game in a row due to injury as Hertha Berlin were beaten 2-0 by RB Leipzig.
Timmy Chandler sat out due to suspension as Eintracht Frankfurt went to lose 1-0 to Wolfsburg.
Aron Johannsson entered the game in the 75th minute for Werder Bremen in their 1-1 tie with Köln.
Russell Canouse saw action in the second half for Bochum in their 1-1 tie with St. Pauli.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen's 0-0 tie with Hannover.
Jann George started and scored a goal as Jahn Regensburg earned a 3-1 win over Preußen Münster.
Shawn Barry started in FSV Frankfurt's 3-1 win over Wehen Wiesbaden.
Robert Kristo entered the game in the second half for Osnabrück in their 3-1 loss to Paderborn.
Mario Rodriguez entered the game in stoppage as Chemnitzer FC went on to win 3-1 over Hansa Rostock.
David Yelldell watched from the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt.