KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 6, 2017
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score a goal and provide an assist in Borussia Dortmund's win over Bayer Leverkusen while Fabian Johnson scored two in Borussia Mönchengladbach's win.
Borussia Dortmund 6-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund would not be denied the win in front of their fans at the Westfalonstadion as a second half goal glut saw them cruise past Bayer Leverkusen.
Christian Pulisic started the game on the bench, but was called into action just before halftime as he replaced Marco Reus.
Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring within minutes of the start of the game and he sidestepped two defenders to fire his shot past Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the host's lead 20 minutes later when a corner kick was headed towards the goal by Bartra, but the ball hit a Leverkusen defender and fell into the path of the striker who slotted it into the goal.
Leverkusen would cut the deficit just minutes into the second half as Kevin Volland fended off his marker and blasted his shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.
However, BVB would restore their two-goal lead in the 69th minute when Dembele volleyed a cross from the left to Aubameyang who headed the ball in at the back post.
Wendell would score the visitor's second goal in the 74th minute when buried a scintillating free kick past a diving Burki to give his team some hope of leveling the score.
However, the host turned on the jets to add three more goals.
Pulisic scored the Dortmund's fourth in the 77th minute. The wunderkind started the play at midfield as he passed the ball off to Gonzalo Castro, who then fed it to Eric Durm on the right. Durm would then cross the ball into the area where Pulisic raced in and blasted his shot past Leno.
Andre Schürrle came off the bench to score the team's fifth from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.
Raphaël Guerreiro rounded out the scoring for BVB in stoppage time as Pulisic set him up in the area to beat Leno at the far post.
The win puts BVB in third place in the standings with 43 points.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-2 Schalke 04
Fabian Johnson is rounding into form ahead of the United States national team's World Cup qualifiers later this month as he bagged two goals in the team's defeat of Schalke at Borussia Park. Now, it appears a European place is in their sights.
The Foals have been on a tear as of late since appointing Dieter Hecking as head coach, resulting in them moving back up the standings.
Johnson opened the scoring in the 28th minute as he ran into the area to get his foot on Patrick Herrmann's cross from the right.
Schalke would level the score in the 38th minute when Nabil Bentaleb converted a penalty from the spot.
However, Johnson would restore the host's lead in the 68th minute as he and Lars Stindl combined on a one-two play, which ended up with the American slotting his shot into the back of the net.
Ozcar Wendt extended Gladbach's lead three minutes later as ran through Schalke's defense to catch on to Mahmoud Dahoud's through ball.
Raffael completed the scoring for his team in the 76th minute when he slotted in Tobias Strobl's cross in the area.
Leon Goretzka scored a late consolation goal in a game that was totally dominated by Gladbach.
The Foals sent a message to their opponents on the day as the two teams will meet over two legs in the Europa League.
Gladbach move up to ninth place in the standings with 32 points.
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Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt while Aron Johannsson watched from the bench in Werder Bremen's 2-0 win.
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Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 2-0 win over Sportfreunde Lotte.
Joe Gyau started and Mario Rodriguez came off the bench while Shawn Barry started in defense in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 3-1 win over FSV Frankfurt.
Robert Kristo came off the bench in Osnabrück's 2-1 loss to Wehen Wiesbaden.