KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 15, 2019
John Brooks and Wolfsburg's pursuit of a European spot to a hit as they were beaten by RB Leipzig while Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf were roughed up by Bayern Munich.
RB Leipzig 2-0 Wolfsburg
Goals from Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner in the first half were enough for RB Leipzig as they came away with the win over Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena to further solidify their place in the top four.
John Brooks started the game for the Wolves and played the entire 90 minutes while Tyler Adams remained out for Leipzig as he continues to recover from injury.
It was another strong performance for the host as the Bundesliga heads towards the end of the season.
Kampl got things going for Leipzig in the 16th minute when teammate Nordi Mukiele teed up the Slovenian, Kampl, to unleash a blistering shot from distance that Wolfsburg goalkeeper Pavao Pervan could not reach.
The host doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark with a counter-attack started by Konrad Laimer as he intercepted the ball at the back. Marcel Sabitzer then floated the ball into the area, allowing Werner to head it in from close range.
It was a dominant performance by Leipzig and it was a game in which they should have scored even more goals as they headed into the second half, but Pervan, who was in goal for Wolfsburg's regular starter Koen Casteels, made some good saves to keep the score as it was for the duration of the game.
The win leaves Leipzig in third place in the standings with 58 points while Wolfsburg sits in ninth with 45 points, two points off from a Europa League spot.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Bayern Munich
Fortuna Dusseldorf had a chance to play spoiler in the race for the Bundesliga title, but reigning champions Bayern Munich dominated the game throughout as they came away with a comfortable win at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Alfredo Morales would come off the bench for Dusseldorf to play 23 minutes in the losing effort.
The good news for Dusseldorf was that they guaranteed their Bundesliga status for next season without kicking a ball. So this game should have given them the confidence to challenge Bayern.
However, it would the visitors that drew first blood 15 minutes into the contest when Kingsley Coman's cross skipped past teammate Thoms Muller and Dusseldorf goalkeeper Michael Rensing and into the back of the net.
Coman added his second before halftime when he steered the ball past Rensing following a low cross from Joshua Kimmich.
Bayern continued their dominance in the second half, with Serge Gnarby tapped in the ball from close range after Muller headed the ball into his path from a corner kick.
The host would get a consolation goal in the 89th minute after Mats Hummels was judged to have handled the ball in the area after a review from the video assistant referee. Dodi Lukebakio would step and convert from the spot.
However, Bayern put away a fourth in stoppage time as Leon Goretzka slammed the ball home as they returned to the top of the standings to stay a point ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
Dusseldorf sits in 10th place in the standings with 37 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Sebastian Soto came off the bench for Hannover while Fabian Johnson was a spectator on the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as the latter came away with a 1-0 win to keep them in the chase for a top-four spot and the Champions League.
Josh Sargent watched from the bench as Werder Bremen claimed a 2-1 win over Freiburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth as they allowed a late goal that saw them go down to Bochum in a 3-2 loss.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg as they shared the spoils with promotion-chasing Union Berlin in a 2-2 tie.
Andrew Wooten started and scored a goal for Sandhausen in their 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Joe Gyau came off the bench for Duisburg as they were routed by Paderborn in a 4-0 defeat.
Down in the 3. Liga, Bryan Gaul started while McKinze Gaines watched from the bench as Zwickau came away with a 1-0 win over Unterhaching.