KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 27, 2017
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin got the win over Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach took care of Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt.
Hertha Berlin 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Vedad Ibisevic and Vladimir Darida second half goals helped the capital team maintain their pursuit of the Champions League places as they blanked Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium.
Brooks took up his usual spot in central defense for Hertha while Chandler played in a three-man back line for the visitors.
However, the center back had to be on his best behavior for the majority of the game as he was issued a yellow card in the fourth minute.
There was not much action in the first half. Ante Rebic had a chance to open the scoring for Eintracht, but Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein end the danger with a fine save. At the other end, Salomon Kalou had a headed effort towards the goal, but the ball went straight to the goalkeeper.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first, but the host would finally open the scoring in the 52nd minute when Niklas Stark threaded a pass through Eintracht's defense that found Kalou. The Ivory Coast international could not get off a shot, but Ibisevic would be there to put the ball in the back of the net.
Eintracht was down a goal and then down a man in the 78th minute as Haris Seferovic was sent off for slapping Stark in the face.
Hertha sealed the game in the 83rd minute as Darida would head a crossed pass into the area from teammate Maximilian Mittelstädt.
The win moves Hertha Berlin up to fifth place in the standings with 37 points while Eintracht Frankfurt drop to sixth with 35 points.
Ingolstadt 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals from Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn helped the Foals continue their resurgence up the Bundesliga standings as they blanked Ingolstadt at Audi-Sportpark.
Both Johnson and Morales started for their respective teams.
The visitors entered the game with a spring in their step as they booked their place in the next round of the Europa League with their win over Fiorentina. However, they wanted to avoid the hangover by suffering a loss.
After a rather quiet first half, Gladbach would finally open the scoring in the 60th minute through Lars Stindl. A corner kick was deflected by Ingolstadt's defender Marvin Matip, but the ball fell into the path of Stindl, who put it past goalkeeper Martin Hansen.
There was an appeal for a handball by the Ingolstadt players and video replay showed the team had a case as the ball did hit Stindl's are before going into the goal.
The visitors would go on to ensure all three points would go there way as Hahn scored their second in stoppage time.
The win moves Gladbach up to 10th place in the standings with 29 points.
Christian Pulisic came off the bench late in the game as Borussia Dortmund earned a comfortable 3-0 win over Freiburg.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench as Darmstadt suffered a 2-1 loss to Augsburg.
Bobby Wood watched the horror show from the bench as Hamburg were thrashed 8-0 by league leaders Bayern Munich.
Aron Johannsson watched from the bench in Werder Bremen's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Julian Green came off the bench as 2. Bundesliga leaders VfB Stuttgart earned a 2-0 win over Kaiserslautern.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen 1-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench as Fortuna Düsseldorf settled for the 0-0 tie with Heidenheim.
Jos Gyau and Mario Rodriguez started in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 1-0 win over Hallescher FC.
Shawn Barry started as FSV Frankfurt's game with Hansa Rostock ended in a 0-0 tie.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 2-1 win over Aalen.
Robert Kristo came off the bench in VfL Osnabrück's 1-0 loss to Werder Bremen II.