KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 23, 2017
Fabian Johnson scored a goal but Borussia Monchengladbach took a hammering from Bayer Leverkusen while Timmy Chandler and Christian Pulisic's teams shared the points in Bundesliga action.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen scored five unanswered goals in the second half to walk away with a comfortable win over Borussia Monchengladbach at Borussia Park.
The Foals entered the game having won two in a row and appeared to be heading to a third when they opened the scoring within minutes of the first half. Thorgan Hazard's cross into the area from the right found Johnson as he ran into volley home a left-footed shot past Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
However, all the joy of having the lead were evaporated in the second half as the visitors responded in a big way to snatch all three points.
Sven Bender scored the equalizer for Leverkusen in the 48th minute when he got his foot on a corner kick from Kai Havertz.
Leon Bailey gave them the lead 11 minutes later when he took a pass from Havertz on the right, cut inwards at the goal and unleashed a curling shot that Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer would not get his hands on.
The host crumbled and Leverkusen scored their third goal in the 61st minute. Havertz dished out his third assist to Julian Brandt, who slotted the ball home through Sommer's legs.
Kevin Volland added a fourth for the visitors in the 69th minute when he was released by Wendell with a through ball and he comfortably fired the ball past Sommer.
Joel Pohjanpalo rounded out the scoring in the 81st minute when he finished off a cross from Brandt.
Gladbach now sits in eighth place in the standings with 14 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund's defense let them down again as they blew a two-goal lead to allow Eintracht Frankfurt to salvage a point at the Commerzbank-Arena.
It was a rough time for BVB last week as they suffered their first loss of the Bundesliga season to the RB Leipzig followed by a disappointing tie with Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League. With Bayern Munich making a coaching change, the pressure was certainly on them to get back to their winning ways to hold on to first place in the standings.
The visitors started positively and scored the game's first goal in the 18th minute when Nuri Sahin was in the right place to put away a mishit shot by teammate Marc Bartra to give them the lead going into halftime.
BVB double their lead in the 57th minute when Maximilian Philipp took a pass from Mario Goetze and fired his shot past Frankfurt goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky.
However, Dortmund could not hold on to their lead as the host cut the deficit in the 64th minute. Goalkeeper Roman Burki, who has come in for some criticism, brought down Ante Rebic in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to call a penalty. Sebastian Haller stepped up and converted the penalty.
Frankfurt pushed on to find the equalizer and was rewarded in the 68th minute when Marius Wolf scored his first goal of the season.
BVB remain in first place in the standings with 20 points, but only ahead of Bayern Munich on goal difference, while Frankfurt sits in seventh place with 14 points.
Bobby Wood started for Hamburg but still continues to find it difficult to score the goals as they went on to suffer a narrow 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
Weston McKennie returned to the Schalke 18 after recovering from injury but only watched the action from the bench in their 2-0 win over Mainz.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt while Kevin Lankfort came off the bench for Heidenheim as die Schanzer came away with a 3-0 win.
McKinze Gaines started his first game for Darmstadt and played the first half in the team's 1-0 loss to Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg but left the game 15 minutes in due to injury in their 1-0 loss to Erzgebirge Aue.
Both Haji Wright and Ken Gipson watched from the bench as Sandhausen shared the points with St. Pauli following a 1-1 tie.
In the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 3-1 win over Chemnitzer.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 1-1 tie with Sportfreunde Lotte.
Robert Kristo watched from the bench in Osnabrück's 2-0 loss to Hansa Rostock.