KENYA BROWN - Monday, January 30, 2017
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt got a big win over Bobby Wood and Hamburg while Fabian Johnson made his return in Borussia Mönchengladbach's comeback win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Ingolstadt 3-1 Hamburg
In the battle at the bottom of the standings, Ingolstadt would leapfrog Hamburg to continue their push to safety with a comfortable win at Audi-Sportpark.
Both Alfredo Morales and Bobby Wood started for their respective teams.
The host opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Pascal Groß blasted a shot from the right side of the box that Hamburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia had no chance of saving.
Die Schanzer doubled their lead eight minutes later when Markus Suttner scored from a free kick.
Ingolstadt was clearly the dominant team in this game and put Hamburg in a deeper hole just minutes into the second half when Almog Cohen added a third goal from the penalty spot. Dennis Diekmeier had brought down Groß in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to award the penalty.
Hamburg captain Gotoku Sakai scored a consolation goal for the team in the 63rd minute with a long-rage effort.
The win moves Ingolstadt up to 16th place in the standings with 15 points while Hamburg drop to 17th place with 13 points.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach
The Foals scored three unanswered goals in the second half to win the Rhine derby against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena.
Fabian Johnson saw his first action for Mönchengladbach this year after he went down with an Achilles injury prior to the winter break.
Things did not look good for the visitors early on as Bayer opened the scoring in the 31st minute through Jonathan Tah. The German international would get away from him marker to head in a corner kick from teammate Hakan Calhanoglu.
The host doubled their lead two minutes later when Chicharito scored from close range after Karim Bellarabi flicked on another corner from Calhanoglu.
It looked like the game would be done and dusted, but Mönchengladbach would claw their way back into the game in the second half.
Lars Stindl would score two quick goals - the first coming in the 52nd minute followed by the second six minutes later as he headed in a cross from teammate Ozcar Wendt.
Raffael scored what would be the game winner in the 71st minute when collected a lobbed pass from Christoph Kramer and before sidestepping his marker and putting his shot past Bayer goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The win moves Gladbach up to 13th place in the standings with 20 points.
Christian Pulisic came off the bench for Borussia Dortmund as they could not hold on to their slim lead and settled for a 1-1 tie with Mainz.
Timmy Chandler was in the starting line-up in Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 win over Schalke.
Terrence Boyd started his first game for Darmstadt along with fellow Sandro Sirigu but they will want to forget it soon as they suffered 6-1 thumping at the hands of Köln.
John Brooks started in central defense for Hertha Berlin but the capital team suffered a 2-1 loss to Freiburg.
Julian Green got his first start for VfB Stuttgart as a late goal saw them get a 1-0 win over St. Pauli.
Andrew Wooten started and got an assist in Sandhausen's 3-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf. Jerome Kiesewetter and Justin vom Steeg watched from the bench for Düsseldorf.
Mario Rodriguez started while Joe Gyau came off the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 2-2 tie with Chemnitzer. David Yelldell watched from the bench for Großaspach.
Shawn Barry started in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 tie with Holstein Kiel.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 0-0 tie with Hansa Rostock.
Robert Kristo watched from the bench as Osnabrück went on to earn a 3-0 win over Preußen Münster.