KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Alfredo Morales scored his first goal for Fortuna Dusseldorf in their win over Hoffenheim while John Brooks' assist helped Wolfsburg to save a point against Hertha Berlin.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Hoffenheim
Dodi Lukebakio game-winner deep in the second half helped Fortuna Dusseldorf claim all three points in their win over Hoffenheim at the Esprit Arena.
However, it would be Hoffenheim that started the game the stronger of the two teams as Florian Grillitsch coming close to opening the scoring with a shot that Dusseldorf goalkeeper Michael Rensing tipped over the bar. His teammate Andrej Kramaric also had three good chances to score, especially one setup by Joelinton, leaving the Croatian just to tap in. But he fumbled the effort as the ball went wide.
The host then punished their opponents for their missed chances when Morales made a late run into the area to thump a powerful header past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann just before the halftime whistle.
Entering the second half, Hoffenheim continued to have the advantage despite being down a goal and they finally found the back of the net in the 86th minute when Reiss Nelson fired past Rensing. The loanee from Arsenal pounced on the loose ball before putting his low shot in the back of the net.
However, Hoffenheim would give Dusseldorf a chance to win the game when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Kenan Karaman was brought down by Kevin Vogt in the area. This allowed Lukebakio to step up and covert the penalty. And the Belgian did so successfully as his shot just flew past the diving Baumann.
Dusseldorf now sits in ninth place in the standings with four points.
Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin
John Brooks continued his good form for Wolfsburg as he provided the assist that helped the team save a point against Hertha Berlin at the Volkswagen Arena.
The Wolves have started the Bundesliga season in a much more positive light compared with last season when they needed to maintain their Bundesliga status via playoff.
The first half would end scoreless, but that would lead to a very dramatic second interval as both teams would find the back of the net.
The capital team would break the scoreless deadlock in the 61st minute when Javairo Dilrosun made a blistering run towards the Wolfsburg end before firing a low shot past goalkeeper Koen Casteels that ended up in the back of the net.
Wolfsburg hit back late in the game when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty as the video assistant referee confirmed that Arne Maier had bumped Maximilian Arnold just inside the area. Yunus Malli stepped up and converted the penalty in the 87th minute.
With the fourth referee putting up the electronic board indicating that six additional minutes were left in the game, that meant more drama was in store.
And it did happen as Hertha retook the lead in the 91st minute when Ondrek Duda's free-kick rolled under the jumping Wolfsburg wall and hit the back of the net.
Then two minutes later Wolfsburg salvaged a point from the game when Brooks rose up to head the ball into the path of Admir Mehmedi, who steered the ball past Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein to settle a thrilling game.
Wolfsburg sits in third place in the standings with seven points.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Fabian Johnson started for Borussia Monchengladbach while Schalke rested Weston McKennie after being diagnosed with a bruised knee as the Foals came away with a 2-1 win.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hannover but could not help them salvage a point as they went down in a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig.
Both Christian Pulisic and Timmy Chandler remained out of their respective teams due to injuries as Borussia Dortmund came away with a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Caleb Stanko remains on the injured list for Freiburg as they settled for a 3-3 tie with VfB Stuttgart.
Aron Johannsson remained out for Werder Bremen as they shared the points with Nurnberg after a 1-1 tie.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth and scored their last goal as they came away with a 4-1 win over Holstein Kiel. Kenneth Kronholm started between the sticks for Kiel.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg in their 2-0 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt as 90th minute goal helped them to save a point in their 1-1 tie with Sandhausen.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for Heidenheim in their 3-2 loss to Hamburg.
Joe Gyau watched from the bench for Duisburg as they allowed a stoppage time goal to only take a point in their 2-2 tie with Union Berlin.