KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 3, 2018
John Brooks and Wolfsburg continued their strong start to the Bundesliga season with another win while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg scored three unanswered goals to come away with a comeback win over Bayer Leverkusen at the Bayer Arena to maintain their unbeaten record.
Brooks, who has been included in the 24-man roster for the US national team's upcoming friendlies, was again in the starting lineup for the Wolves.
After a strong start in their opening game last weekend, Wolfsburg had the unenviable task of trying to claim three points on the road against Leverkusen, who had not lost their first home game in eight years.
And the host got off to a good start in the 24th minute when Leon Bailey took a crack at goal from long range with a powerful shot that beat goalkeeper Pavao Pervan.
However, Wolfsburg found the equalizer after the half-hour mark thanks to a bit of help. Yannick Gerhardt's cross was deflected in by Leverkusen goalkeeper Ramazan Ozcan, with game officials later crediting him for the own goal.
Wout Weghorst gave the visitors the lead in the 55th minute when he found himself wide open to head in a cross from teammate Jerome Roussillon.
Wolfsburg put the game out of reach five minutes later when Renato Steffen collected a pass from Josip Brekalo, ran clear of the Leverkusen defenders and curled his shot past Ozcan.
The win puts Wolfsburg in second place in the standings with six points.
Augsburg 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Alassane Plea's second-half goal helped Borussia Mochengladbach to steal a point on the road against Augsburg at the WWK Arena.
Fabian Johnson was in the starting lineup for the Foals.
Both teams started their seasons last week with wins and were looking to maintain that momentum in this contest.
And it would be Augsburg that opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game when Michael Gregoritsch brought down a brilliant cross from teammate Philipp Max before he blasted his half-volleyed shot past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
It was a frustrating time for the visitors and proof of that came minutes later when Johnson's effort from close range was cleared off the goal line by Jeffrey Gouweleeuw.
Augusburg had the advantage for much of the game, but 'Gladbach eventually found the equalizer in the 68th minute when Plea, who came off the bench, was left open to head the ball into the back of the net following a corner kick.
Monchengladbach sites in fifth place in the standings with four points.
Weston McKennie started for Schalke as they once again came away pointless following their 2-0 loss to Hertha Berlin.
Alfredo Morales started for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they got their first point of the season following a 1-1 tie with RB Leipzig.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hannover while Christian Pulisic sat out for Borussia Dortmund due to injury as both teams played out a 0-0 tie.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Jann George started and scored a goal, but it was not enough as Jahn Regensburg went down to Arminia Bielefeld in a 5-3 loss.
Julian Green started for Greuther Furth in their 1-0 win over Duisburg.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench for Sandhausen as they shared the points with Union Berlin following a 0-0 tie.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for Heidenheim while Terrence Boyd was a spectator on the sidelines for Darmstadt in their 1-0 win.