KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 14, 2018
Bobby Wood and Hamburg said goodbye to the Bundesliga despite their win over Borussia Monchengladbach while John Brooks and Wolfsburg head to the pro-rel playoff after their win.
Hamburg 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Goals from Aaron Hunt and Lewis Holtby would help Hamburg to a win over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Volksparkstadion, but it would not help them as they were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.
Wood started the game for Hamburg, seeing 71 minutes of action.
It was a very tense atmosphere at the ground as the Hamburg supporters knew what was on the line. The team had been through this scenario on several occasions in the past and they were always able to survive.
The host received a favorable call nine minutes into the contest when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after it was judged that the ball came off the arm of 'Gladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. That allowed Hunt to step up and convert from the spot to give his team the lead.
Josip Drmic would level the score in the 28th minute when a counter-attack from the visitors exposed Hamburg's risky tactics and the Swiss international buried the ball in the back of the net.
The second half saw Hamburg with the advantage and Holtby finally restored their lead in the 63rd minute. A low cross from Tatsuya Ito found the German midfielder in the area and he one-timed his shot past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
Despite the lead, Hamburg would play the rest of the game with 10 men as the referee sent off Wood for his second yellow card following what he though was a reckless challenge on Christoph Kramer.
A tough way to go down, but Hamburg fans will hope their team can bounce back up to the Bundesliga on the first attempt next season.
Hamburg finishes the season in 17th place in the standings with 31 points.
Wolfsburg 4-1 Koln
Wolfsburg did more than enough to make sure that they will be playing in the promotion/relegation spot following their comfortable win over Koln at the Volkswagen Arena. BVB finishes in fourth place in the standings with 55 points.
Brooks returned to the starting lineup for Wolfsburg in their winning effort.
The host were on a mission and they made their intentions know within seconds of the start of the game when Josua Guilavogui buried a blistering shot from the edge of the area into the back of the net.
Koln, however, found the equalizer in the 32nd minute when Jonas Hector turned on the style as he spun between two Wolfsburg defenders with the ball before chipping it over goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
The second half would belong to the Wolves and Divock Origi led the charge with a goal in the 54th minute. The Liverpool loanee was left all alone to tap in his shot following a pass from teammate Yunus Malli.
Robin Knoche extended Wolfsburg's leade inthe 71st minute when he headed in a free-kick from Josip Brekalo.
Brekalo went on to the seal the game for his team in the stoppage time as the Croatian curled his shot around goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Wolfsburg finishes the season in 16th place with 33 points, but will next face Holstein Kiel in a two-leg playoff to determine whether they will remain in the Bundesliga next season.
Christian Pulisic started for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim. Despite the loss, they will play in next season's Champions League.
Weston McKennie started for Schalke as they ended their season with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt in their 1-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue to finish in 10th place in the standings.
Julian Green and Kevin Lankford started for their respective teams, with Green scoring a goal, as Heidenheim and Greuther Furth settled for a 1-1 tie. Heidenheim finishes in 13th place in the standings while Greuther Furth survive the drop, finishing in 15th place with 40 points.
Jann George was in the starting lineup for Jahn Regensburg in their 1-1 tie with Bochum to finish thier season in fifth place in the standings with 48 points.
Andrew Wooten watched from the bench as Sandhausen settled for a 0-0 tie with Arminia Bielefeld.
Down in the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started in what was possibly his final game for Sonnenhof Großaspach while Mario Rodriguez came off the bench as they settled for a 2-2 tie with Preußen Munster. Sonnenhof finishes the season in 14th place in the standings with 47 points.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 2-1 win over Meppen. Bremen's reserve team finishes in 18th place with 31 points to see them relegated from the league.