KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 30, 2019
Josh Sargent provided the assist that helped Werder Bremen to take a point at Borussia Dortmund while Weston McKennie and Schalke had a statement win over RB Leipzig.
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Werder Bremen
Marco Friedl's goal would be enough for Werder Bremen as they stole a point at Signal Iduna Park to ensure the tie with Borussia Dortmund.
Josh Sargent started for Bremen and played 88 minutes.
The visitors gave the Dortmund fans a wake up call just seven minutes into the contest when Milot Rashica scored from just inside the area. Davy Klaassen sent a perfect lofted ball over to the Bosnian forward on the right side and his half-volleyed effort was too much for goalkeeper Roman Burki to handle.
However, BVB went on to level the score two minutes later through Mario Gotze. Lukasz Piszczek's cross into the area from the right side found the German international at the far post and he was able to head the ball home.
Marco Reus gave the host the lead four minutes before halftime when his glancing header from a Thorgan Hazard cross beat Bremen goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka.
It looked like Dortmund finally had control of the game, but Bremen would find the equalizer in the 55th minute. Sargent would rise to head the ball from a corner kick from the left side to the far post, and Friedl would be there to head it home unmarked.
It was a well-deserved point for Bremen as it was a back-and-forth game.
Bremen sits in 11th place in the standings with seven points.
RB Leipzig 1-3 Schalke
Schalke walked out of Red Bull Arena with all three points as they made their goals count against the former league leaders, showing they may also be putting up a challenege this season for the title.
Weston McKennie started the game for the Royal Blues and played the entire 90 minutes in the victory.
The visitors opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Salif Sane was on the spot to head in a corner kick from close range that sent the traveling supporters wild and head coach David Wagner pumping his fists in the air.
Things only went from bad to worst for Leipzig before the halftime whistle when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Upon review from the video assistant referee it showed that Amadou Haidara brought down Amine Harit in the area. The Moroccan then stepped up to convert the penalty and double Schalke's lead.
Schalke carried their momentum into the second half and added a third goal in the 58th minute. Rabbi Matondo took a pass from Harit on the counter and slotted his shot past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with ease.
Emil Forsberg scored a consolation goal for the host late in the game, but the damage was already done as Schalke continued to show that they are a different team from last season.
Schalke moves up to fourth place in the standings with 13 points while Leipzig drops to second.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Zack Steffen started in goal for Fortuna Dusseldorf and saved a penalty but they still went down to Freiburg in a narrow 2-1 loss.
Tim Chandler came off the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt as they came away with 2-1 win over Union Berlin.
Khiry Shelton came off the bench for Paderborn as their comeback against reigning Bundesliga champins Bayern Munich came up short in a 3-2 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth as they were shutout by Holstein Kiel in a 3-0 loss.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg while Bobby Wood was a spectator on the bench for Hamburg as both teams shared the points following a 2-2 tie.
Kevin Lankford watched from the bench as St. Pauli secured a 2-0 win over Sandhausen.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards started for Bayern Munich II as they did their damage in the first half to seal a 4-1 win over Preussen Munster.
Terrence Boyd started for Hallescher FC as they could only come away with a 1-1 tie over Eintracht Braunschweig.
McKinze Gaines watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Grossaspach secured a 2-0 win over Chemnitzer FC.