KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund saw their unbeaten home run snapped by RB Leipzig while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach got the shutout win over Werder Bremen.
Borussia Dortmund 2-3 RB Leipzig
BVB's 41-match unbeaten home run came to an end at the hands RB Leipzig at the Signal Iduna Park as both teams saw players sent off.
Dortmund has been riding high since the start of the season, sitting atop of the standings over their rivals Bayern Munich. However, with the hiring of Jupp Heynecks by the Bavarians during the international break, they could find themselves under pressure.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play when the Gabon international put pressure on Leipzig defender Stefan Ilsanker to dispossess the ball and ran into the area to his shot past goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
However, Leipzig would level the score in the 10th minute as Marcel Sabitzer headed the ball in from a free kick.
Yussuf Poulsen gave the visitors the lead in the 25th minute as he tapped the ball in from close range following pass from teammate Bruma.
Dortmund would go down to 10 men just two minutes into the second half when Sokratis was shown a red card for bringing down Jean-Kevin Augustin in the area, resulting in a penalty. It would be the Frenchman who converted the penalty afterwards.
Leipzig would then find themselves down a man when Ilsanker was sent off for getting his second yellow card.
Aubameyang would convert a penalty for Dortmund in the 64th minute to cut the deficit thanks to some help from the video assistant referee, but they could not find the equalizer to salvage a point.
Dotmund remain atop of the standings with 19 points, but their lead has been cut to two after Bayern Munich walked away with a comfortable 5-0 win over Freiburg.
Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
The Foals continued their march up the standings as they prevented Werder Bremen from earning their first win of the season by bagging all three points at Weserstadion.
'Gladbach dominated the first half and scored their first in the 27th minute Lars Stindl blasted in his shot from the left side. Thorgan Hazard's shot was saved by Bremen goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka, but the captain would pick up the loose ball to put away the team's second chance.
Bremen seemd dejected and the visitors made they pay again seven minutes later when Jannick Vestergaard rose up to head in an Ozcar Wendt corner kick to ensure the win for his team.
'Gladbach now sit in fifth place in the standings with 14 points.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 2-1 win over Hannover.
Bobby Wood started for Hamburg as they went to suffer a narrow 3-2 loss to Mainz.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales started and scored a goal for Ingolstadt in their 2-2 tiw with Dynamo Dresden.
Haji Wright started for Sandhausen in the team's 2-0 loss to Bochum.
Jann George was in the starting lineup for Jahn Regensburg in their 2-0 loss to Union Berlin.
McKinze Gaines came off the bench for Darmstadt as they a thrilling game to Nurnberg by a 4-3 score line.
In the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 3-0 loss to Hallescher.
Isiah Young started for Werder Bremen II as they suffered 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Paderborn.