KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Aron Johannsson scored to help Werder Bremen steal a point against Borussia Monchengladbach while Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt continued their push for the Champions League.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Werder Bremen
The Foals blew a two-goal lead to allow Werder Bremen to steal a point on a snowy day at Borussia Park.
Johannsson, who has earned his way back into the Bremen first team after a long spell away, entered the game at the start of the second half to bag his goal for the team that is looking to push themselves further away from the relegation zone.
However, things did not start well for the visitors as 'Gladbach scored their first with only five minutes gone. Denis Zakaria won the battle for the ball in midfield, made a run into the area and drove it past goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka.
Things went from bad to worse for Bremen after the half-hour mark when Nikolas Moisander's foot redirected a cross from Zakaria into his own goal.
Bremen did not give up and cut the lead in half in the 59th minute when Thomas Delaney was left unmarked to head in a corner kick from teammate Max Kruse.
The goal lit a fire in the visitors and Johannsson nearly scored when he won the ball just outside the area before making a run towards goal. However, his powerful shot was tipped over the bar by Yann Sommer. The forward would not be denied in the 78th minute when a cross from Jerome Gondorf found him in the area and he made sure his shot was not stopped by Sommer as it smacked the back of the net.
It was his first goal in the Bundesliga since September 2016.
With a performance like this, there is a good chance that Johannsson could see more playing time in his future.
Bremen sits in 14th place in the standings with 27 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hannover
A goal from Danny da Costa was all Eintracht Frankfurt needed as they came away with the win at the Commerzbank-Arena to keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place.
Chandler started at left wingback in the team's win.
The host came close to scoring early on when Ante Rebic's blinding header was goal bound, but goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner made a spectacular save to keep the game scoreless.
Frankfurt then found the back of the net in the 39th minute when da Costa ran on to a corner kick from Jonathan de Guzman and powerfully thumped it into the back of the net for the only goal of the game.
However, there was some controversy in the second half when Hannover pleaded for a penalty after Miiko Albornoz was thought to have been brought down by da Costa. After further review from the video assistant referee, it showed that the German defender made no contact and Albornoz was shown a yellow card for diving.
The Eagles had further chances to extend their lead but held to take all three points in the end.
Frankfurt sits in fourth place in the standings with 42 points.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke in their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin to move them up to second place in the standings.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth in their 2-0 win over Nurnberg.
Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt in their 1-0 loss to Bochum.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench while McKinze Gaines watched from the bench for Darmstadt in their 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Kevin Lankford watched from the bench as Heidenheim settled for the 2-2 tie with Arminia Bielefeld.
In the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started and scored a goal while Mario Rodriguez came off the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 2-1 loss to Unterhaching.
Isiah Young watched from the bench in Werder Bremen II's 1-1 tie with Hansa Rostock.