KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Christian Pulisic helped Borussia Dortmund to book a place in next season's Champions League while Alfredo Morales saw red for Ingolstadt in a quiet weekend for Americans in Germany.
Borussia Dortmund 0-0 FC Köln
Borussia Dortmund guaranteed themselves a place in next season's Champions League as they shared the points with FC Köln at Signal Iduna Park.
Pulisic started for BVB and played the entire game.
The host started out the strongest of the two teams and could have opened the scoring in the first half when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a run with the ball down the left side and crossed it into the area for teammate Marco Reus, but the German international's effort flew over the bar.
Köln also had their own chance to break the deadlock when Anthony Modeste and Matthias Lehmann set up Milos Jojic for a chance at goal, but his effort went wide of the post.
It appeared that Reus had redeemed himself for his missed chance when he found the back of the net midway through the first half, but the referee ruled that he was offside.
Reus had another excellent opportunity to scoring at the start of the second half, but his curling shot was well saved by Köln goalkeeper Timo Horn. That was followed by a long-range strike from Marcel Schmelzer in the 50th minute, but once again Horn was there to tip the ball over the bar.
BVB had one last chance to score a goal before the end of the game when Raphaël Guerreiro headed effort appeared goal bound, but Horn made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
The tie leaves BVB in fourth place in the standings with 57 points. They are guaranteed a place in the Champions League but still have a chance to past Hoffenheim or even catch RB Leipzig to secure one of the automatic spots.
RB Leipzig 0-0 Ingolstadt
Bayern Munich will have to thank Ingolstadt for holding their closest challengers RB Leipzig to a scoreless tie at Red Bull Arena as it guaranteed them another Bundesliga title.
Morales started the game for die Schnazer and played 86 minutes.
Leipzig came into this game looking for some revenge as it was back in December last year when Ingolstadt scored an upset win over the newly promoted team to give their first loss in the Bundesliga.
The host had the early chance when Yussuf Poulsen to a crack at goal, but Ingolstadt goalkeeper Martin Hansen would parry it away with ease. Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner followed suit with their own chances at goal, but nothing came of them.
Ingolstadt had an excellent chance to open the scoring just at the start of the second half when Morales slipped ball past his marker, made a run in the area and crossed it to teammate Sonny Kittel, but the German's shot went wide of the target.
Leipzig continued to push for a goal, but each chance they had was squandered in the end.
Things would change in the 86th minute when Morales was shown his second yellow card of the game - this time for taking down midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. This should have given Leipzig the chance to find a goal as they had a one-man advantage. However, the visitors were able to hold on and leave with a point.
The tie keeps Ingolstadt in 17th place with 29 points.
Boby Wood started for Hamburg in their 4-0 loss to Augsburg. The team has now lost three consecutive games and sit in the promotion/relegation playoff spot.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 1-0 loss to Hoffenheim.
Aron Johannsson watched from the bench as Werder Bremen cruised to a 2-0 over a John Brooks-less Hertha Berlin.
Jerome Kiesewetter came off the bench for Fortuna Düsseldorf in their 1-0 loss to Hannover.
Julian Green watched from the bench as Stuttgart squeaked by Nurnberg with a 3-2 win to boost their promotion hopes.
Russell Canouse watched from the bench earned a 4-2 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 3-0 loss to Holstein Kiel.
David Yelldell watched from the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 0-0 tie with Werder Bremen II.
Shawn Barry started for FSV Frankfurt in their 2-1 loss to Mainz II.