KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 24, 2017
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach while Timmy Chandler assisted on a goal in Eintracht Frankfurt's win over Augsburg.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund has moved into third place and an automatic qualifying spot for the Champions League following their comeback win over Mönchengladbach at Borussia Park.
Pulisic started the game for BVB while Fabian Johnson remained out of the Foals' lineup as he continues to recover from injury.
BVB opened the scoring in the 10th minute as Marco Reus converted from the penalty spot. Pulisic should be credited for the call as he was brought down by Mahmoud Dahoud. However, replays showed that it was a very close call as the foul occurred just outside the area.
The visitors came close to doubling their lead a minute later when Pulisic's through ball released Ousmane Dembele in the area, but his shot was well saved by Yann Sommer. Pulisic again set a perfect opportunity for the team to score in the 27th minute when sent a pass to Reus in the area, but it was immediately broken up by the 'Gladbach defense.
The host would level the score two minutes before halftime when Mikel Merino gifted the ball to Andre Hahn, who then passed it on to teammate Lars Stindl and the captain powered his shot past Roman Bürki.
The Foals would take the lead just minutes into the second half Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer redirected in a low cross into his team's goal.
However, BVB would find a way to fight back and steal all three points.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who came off the bench for this game, scored the equalizer in the 59th minute when he ran onto a through ball from Dembele, rounded Sommer and fired into the open goal.
Raphaël Guerreiro scored the game-winner three minutes before time when he headed in a free kick from teammate Gonzalo Castro.
The win moves BVB past Hoffenheim for third place in the standings with 56 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt scored three unanswered goals in the second half to secure their win over Augsburg at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Chandler started the game for the Eagles in the win.
However, things did not start off well for the host as they went down a goal in the ninth minute. Jeffrey Gouweleeuw would collect a chipped pass from teammate Halil Altintop and then lifted it past Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky before it hit the far post and bounced into the goal.
After a long period of a one-goal game, Frankfurt sprung to life and found the equalizer in the 78th minute. Chandler would get his head onto the ball after taking a pass from the left side of the field and it would then fall into the path of Marco Fabian, who nodded it past Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.
Fabian added his second three minutes from time when his initial strike was blocked by an Augsburg defender, but his second attempt sailed right past Hitz and into the back of the net.
Frankfurt added an insurance goal in stoppage time when Ante Rebic pounced on a poor back pass and coolly tapped the ball into the open goal.
The win ended Frankfurt's 10-game winless run as they sit in ninth place in the standings with 41 points.
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Wolfsburg
After scoring an own goal last week, John Brooks and Hertha Berlin redeemed themselves with a win over Wolfsburg at the Olympic Stadium and close in a Europa League spot for next season.
Wolfsburg started out the stronger of the two sides as Yunus Malli and Mario Gomez came close to opening the scoring. However, Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein made sure the game remained scoreless.
The capital team then started to pick up their game late in the first half as they had a couple of opportunities to score on set pieces, but they nothing came out of them.
However, the second half would be the difference maker for Hertha as they scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute. Brooks would take the ball off the foot of Gomez to start the counter attack from their own end. Alexander Esswein sent a cross into the area from the right and Vedad Ibisevic would head it towards goal. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels stopped the first attempt, but Ibisevic would not be denied the second time as he sealed the win for Hertha.
The win leaves Hertha in fifth place in the standings with 46 points.
Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt while Aron Johannsson watched from the bench for Werder Bremen as the Green-Whites secured a 4-2 win to put them in contention for a Europa League spot.
Bobby Wood started in Hamburg's 2-1 loss to Darmstadt to keep them in the battle to avoid relegation.
Russell Canouse came off the bench in Bochum's 2-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Julian Green watched from the bench as Stuttgart once again sit atop of the 2. Bundesliga standings following their 3-1 win over Union Berlin.
Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 3-1 loss to St. Pauli.
Shawn Barry started in FSV Frankfurt's 3-2 loss to Duisburg.
Joe Gyau started while David Yelldell watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach went on to lose 2-1 to Magdeburg.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 1-1 tie with Wehen Wiesbaden.