KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Josh Sargent found the back of the net for Werder Bremen but they could only claim a point against Hertha Berlin as Bundesliga action returned over the weekend.
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hertha Berlin
Dodi Lukebakio's goal would cancel out Josh Sargent's first-half strike as both Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin would share the spoils at Weserstadion.
The Bundesliga season thus far has not shown any team to have a clear advantage in the upper half of the standings. So both teams, despite being in the middle, had a good a chance of moving themselves up just a bit to get into the coversation.
The host did not wait long to open the scoring as Sargent put one in the back of the net just seven minutes into the contest. Milos Veljkovic would play the ball to the American forward, who then fed it to Maximilian Eggestein. The German midfielder then pulled the ball back to Sargent whose shot took a deflection, but ended up in the goal anyhow to give his team the lead.
Despite taking the lead, Bremen could not capitalize and any further goals. That's not to see they had no good chances.
One of their best came in the 61st minute when Sargent a cross into the area from the right side. Milot Rashica would be there to get his foot on the ball, but his volleyed attempt was saved by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. The Bosnian international then had another excellent chance two minutes later only to be denied once again by the Norwegian.
The host were lucky not to concede a goal in their end in the 68th minute when Vladimir Darida unleashed a powerful shot from long range that just went over the bar.
However, the Weder Bremen back line could not hold on to their slim lead as Hertha Berlin found the equalizer in the 70th minute. Lukebakio would take a pass from Maximilian Mittelstadt, and do well to fend off challengers, before firing a low, swerving shot past Jii Pavlenka.
The tie drops Werder Bremen to 12th place in the standings with nine points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Zack Steffen was between the post for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they claimed a 1-0 win over Mainz.
John Brooks returned to the bench for Wolfsburg after his injury layoff to watch them settle for a 1-1 tie with RB Leipzig.
Tim Chandler watched from the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Khiry Shelton watched from the bench as last place Paderborn were shutout by FC Koln in a 3-0 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth as they bagged a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg in their 1-0 win over Sandhausen.
Bobby Wood watched from the bench as leaders Hamburg shared the points with Arminia Bielefeld following a 1-1 tie.
Down in the 3. Liga, Terrene Boyd started and scored a goal in Hallescher's 4-0 win over Waldhof Mannheim.
McKinze Gaines came off the bench Sonnenhof Großaspach as their game with Preußen Munster ended in a 1-1 tie.