KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
John Brooks had a solid outing for Wolfsburg as they blanked Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach while Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf secured a come-from-behind win.
Wolfsburg 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach may have had a majority of the possession, but it would be Wolfsburg that supplied the goals as they came away with a comfortable win at the Borussia Park.
John Brooks started the game for the Wolves in his normal role in central defense and played solidly for the entire 90 minutes. Fabian Johnson started for the Foals as they could not find the back of the net.
The host showed they were the stronger side at the start of the game, and they put pressure on the Wolfsburg goal, but all their efforts did not turn to goals. Florian Neuhaus had the best chance for 'Gladbach when he had a chance to score in an open goal, but it was headed away by Robin Knoche.
Wolfsburg would silence the crowd in the 38th minute when Yannick Gerhardt steered in a Jerome Roussillon cross to give his team the lead.
The momentum had shifted and the visitors put more pressure on Monchengladbach when they doubled their lead in the 68th minute. Admir Mehmedi powered his way past a defender to get control of the ball and slot it past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
The Swiss international was not done and scored a second in the 83rd minute when Brooks got his head onto a Maximilian Arnold free-kick and the looped over two defenders before Mehmedi pounced and headed the ball into the back of the net.
The win moves Wolfsburg up to fifth place in the standings with 38 points, four points behind RB Leipzig and five behind Borussia Monchengladbach for a Champions League spot.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Nurenburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf was able to score two unanswered goals to take all three points in their win over struggling Nurnberg at the Merkur Spiel Arena.
Alfredo Morales started for Dusseldorf and played the entire 90 minutes in the team's win.
Nurnberg got off to the wrong start in the game, although the host did not complain much, as Matheus Pereira was shown a red card just four minutes in. Niko Gisselmann had mysteriously gone down, but the video assistant referee would show what transpired as the Brazilian struck the defender.
Despite being down a man, it would be the visitors who opened the scoring in the 41st minute when Eduard Lowen's long-range volley hit the back of the net, leaving Dusseldorf goalkeeper rooted to his spot.
Nurenburg did well to maintain their lead, but found themselves allowing the host to level the score just after the hour mark when Ewerton headed the ball into his team's goal in a freakish moment.
Dusseldorf then completed the comeback in the 83rd minute when Kaan Ayhan headed in a Kevin Stoger free-kick to ensure they took all three points.
The win leaves Fortuna Dusseldorf in 12th place in the standings with 28 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Tyler Adams played the second half for RB Leipzig as they scored a late goal to steal a point in their 1-1 tie with Hoffenheim.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hannover but made little impact as the team fell to Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-0 loss.
Haji Wright came off the bench for Schalke while Weston McKennie did not dress due to injury as the Royal Blues were shutout by Mainz in a 3-0 loss.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Andrew Wooten started and scored early for Sandhausen but they then surrendered their lead in a 3-1 loss to FC Koln.
Kenneth Kronholm was between the posts for Holstein Kiel in their 3-1 win over Bochum.
Julian Green started for Greuther Further but could not get on the scoresheet as they shared the points with Heidenheim following a 0-0 tie.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg as they scored a 2-1 upset win over league leaders Hamburg.
Joe Gyau watched from the bench for Duisburg as the last place team shared the points with Erzgebirge Aue following a 0-0 tie.
Down in the 3.Liga, Bryan Gaul started while McKinze Gaines came off the bench for Zwikau as the team scored a stoppage-time goal to steal a point in their 1-1 tie with Kaiserslautern.