KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Zack Steffen was the star for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they beat Werder Bremen while John Brooks and Wolfsburg held on to defeat Koln as the Bundesliga season opened over the weekend.
Werder Bremen 1-3 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Goals from Rouwen Hennings, Kenan Karaman and Kaan Ayhan helped make sure Zack Steffen's stellar performance in goal did not go in vain as Fortuna Dusseldorf claimed all three points in their win over Werder Bremen at the Weser Stadion.
Steffen, who had spent time at fellow Bundesliga team Freiburg, made his debut in the Geman top flight, while fellow American Alfredo Morales was in the starting eleven to play the full 90 minutes. On the other side, Josh Sargent came off the bench to play the final eight minutes of the game.
Werder Bremen would come out the stronger of the two teams and nearly broke the scoreless deadlock when Omer Toprak's diving head from a free-kick just went wide of the goal.
However, Dusseldorf would be the ones to open the scoring in the Hennings made the Bremen back line pay for the calamities in defending as he pounced on a low cross from Karaman to put his shot past goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka.
The host would level the score less than two minutes into the second half when Johannes Eggestein got his head onto a cross from Milot Rashica from the left side as Steffen dived helplessly to keep the ball out of the goal.
But Dusseldorf restored their lead five minutes later as Karaman was teed up by Erik Thommy to fire a shot at goal that Pavlenka got his hands on, it was too powerful as the Czech parried the ball into the back of the net.
Ayhan put the game out of reach in the 64th minute when rose up to head in a corner kick from Thommy.
Overall, it was a good performance by Dusseldorf, especially Steffen who made fantastic saves of shots from Nuri Sahin and Sargent.
Wolfsburg 2-1 FC Koln
With very busy schedule ahead of them this season, Wolfsbug got their Bundesliga campaign off to a great start with a win over Koln at the Volkswagen Arena.
John Brooks took up position in central defense and played the entire 90 minutes for the Wolves.
Maximilian Arnold got things going for the host when he scored their first in the 16th minute. Koln did poorly to clear the ball from their area after a corner kick and the midfielder made them pay with a vicious volley that goalkeeper Timo Horn could not stop.
There were not that many chances afterwards as both teams headed to the locker room for halftime.
Wolfsburg went on to double their lead on the hour mark when Wout Weghorst took a pass from Xaver Schlager to slam the ball home.
Simon Terodde scored a consolation goal for Koln in stoppage time, but it was too late as Wolfsburg claimed all three points in the end.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Weston McKennie started for Schalke while Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as both teams shared the points following a 0-0 tie.
Khiry Shelton watched from the bench as Paderborn started their debut in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Julian Green started and scored the only goal of the game as Greuther Further slipped past Jann George and Jahn Regensburg with a 1-0 win.
Kevin Lankford started for St. Pauli as they lost their lead to fall to VfB Stuttgart in a 2-1 loss.
Sebastian Soto watched from the bench as Hannover romped to a 3-0 win over Wehen Wiesbaden.
Bobby Wood was rooted to the bench as Hamburg squeezed past Bochum with a 1-0 win.
Down in the 3.Liga, McKinze Gaines started for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 1-0 win over Hansa Rostock.
Terrence Boyd and scored for Hallescher while Chris Richards started for Bayern Munich II as the Bavarians came away with a 2-1 win.