KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 21, 2017
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin had to share the points with Bayern Munich while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt got a much-needed win over Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Bayern Munich
The capital team had a chance to leave the Olympic Stadium with a big three points over the defending Bundesliga champions, but a stoppage time goal from Robert Lewandowski only left them accepting a point in the end.
Brooks started in central defense for Hertha and played the entire game.
The host came out in an aggressive manner to start the game as they wanted to show Bayern that they were not intimidated after they thrashed Arsenal in their mid-week Champions League game.
That aggressiveness paid off for Hertha when Vedad Ibisevic put teammate Marvin Plattenhardt's free kick into the back of the net in the 21st minute.
The visitors were now on the hunt for the equalizer, but they had difficulty breaking through Hertha's stingy defense.
Everything seemed to be going Hertha's way until Lewandowski stepped on the field. The Polish international would score the equalizer with virtually the last kick of the game to steal a controversial point.
Hertha was obviously furious at the end of the game as they felt the referee let play continue well past the five minutes of extra time.
The tie leaves Hertha in sixth place in the standings with 34 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt is making sure that the battle for survival goes to the last game of the season as they picked up a big win over Champions League hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt at Commerzbank-Arena.
Both Chandler and Morales started for their respective teams.
The visitors came out aggressive at the start of the game as they used the same line-up that lost to Bayern Munich last week. Mathew Leckie came close to opening the scoring for die Schanzer on two occasions. Meanwhile, Ante Rebic almost scored for Eintracht at the other end.
Romain Bregerie would open the scoring in the 26th minute as volleyed in his effort from teammate Dario Lezcano's header from a corner kick.
The host would be at a disadvantage in the 34th minute when David Abraham was sent off for his challenge on Lezcano.
Ingolstadt doubled their lead in the 69th minute when Pascal Groß blasted in a penalty from the spot.
The win leaves Ingolstadt in 17th place in the standings with 18 points while Eintracht drop to fifth place with 35 points.
Christian Pulisic came off the bench in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 win over Wolfsburg.
Fabian Johnson started and played 80 minutes in Borussia Mönchengladbach's narrow 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig.
Terrence Boyd started and played 57 minutes in Darmstadt's 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim.
Aron Johansson watched from the bench as Werder Bremen secured a 2-0 win over Mainz.
Julian Green started and played 62 minutes in Stuttgart's 2-1 win over Heidenheim.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen's 3-0 loss to Kaiserslautern.
Jerome Kiesewetter came off the bench in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 1-0 loss to Greuther Fürth.
Russell Canouse watched from the bench Bochum's 2-1 win over Würzburger Kickers.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg while Shawn Barry started for FSV Frankfurt in Die Rothosen 2-1 win.
David Yelldell and Mario Rodriguez started while Joe Gyau came off the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach 3-0 loss to Preußen Münster.