KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 4, 2018
John Brooks and Wolfsburg continued their winning ways with their victory over Eintracht Frankfurt while Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Schalke shared the points with Hoffenheim.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Wolfsburg
Goals from Admir Mehmedi and Daniel Ginczek were enough as Wolfsburg were able to hold on for the win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.
Brooks was in the starting lineup for the Wolves as they continued their move up the standings.
Frankfurt started the game strongly, but Wolfsburg would find their way into the game when they scored the opener just after the half-hour mark when Mehmedi collected a pass from Ginczek and slotted his shot past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
This gave the visitors more confidence heading into the second half and they were rewarded with a second goal in the 68th minute when Ginczek volleyed in his shot following a cross from Elvis Rexhbecaj.
Frankfurt would make the game interesting towards the end when they cut the deficit in the 87th minute through Luka Jovic. The Serbian tapped in a headed pass from teammate Sebastien Haller.
However, there was not enough time for the host to find the equalizer as Wolfsburg left with all three points.
Wolfsburg now sits in eighth place in the standings with eight points.
Hoffenheim 1-1 Schalke
It would be penalties in the second half that saw Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt end up sharing the points in the end at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Wright got the start for the Royal Blues, playing 70 minutes while McKennie, who was returning from injury, came off the bench.
The scoreless first half would see both teams trying to push for goals in the second, and the referee rewarded Hoffenheim with a chance to open the scoring when he pointed to the spot after Schalke's Bastian Oczipka handled the ball in the area.
Andrej Kramaric stepped up and converted the penalty as he sent the goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann the wrong way.
However, Schalke got their chance to level the score at the other end when the referee pointed to the spot for another penalty when it was judged that Daniel Caligiuri was brought down in the area. However, replays showed that it may have been a soft penalty as there was very little contact.
Nabil Bentaleb cooly tucked his penalty into the back of the net to tie things up.
Schalke now sits in 12th place in the standings with 14 points.
In other Bundesliga actions, Bobby Wood started for Hannover as they were shutout by Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss.
Fabian Johnson watched from the bench as Borussia Monchengladbach fell to RB Leipzig in a 2-0 loss.
Alfredo Morales was a spectator on the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they went down to Mainz in a 1-0 loss.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg as they shared the points with Erzgebirge Aue following a 1-1 tie.
Kenneth Kronholm started between the post for Holstein Kiel as they came away with a 4-0 shutout win over Duisburg.
Julian Green came off the bench for Greuther Furth as they were hammered by FC Koln in their 4-0 loss.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt in their 3-1 loss to Union Berlin.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench as Sandhausen fell to Heidenheim in a 2-1 loss.