KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, February 18, 2020
John Brooks made his way back into the starting eleven for Wolfsburg in their win over Hoffenheim while Timothy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten by Giovanni Reyna and Borussia Dortmund.
Hoffenheim 2-3 Wolfsburg
Wout Weghorst's hat-trick would do the job for Wolfsburg as they came out as the victors over Hoffenheim at the PreZero Arena to keep them in contention for two Europa League places for next season.
John Brooks, who had been out of favor as of late, was reinserted into the line-up and went the distance for the Wolves.
The visitors were gifted an opportunity to open the scoring just 18 minutes into the contest when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Sebastian Rudy handled the ball in the area. That allowed Weghorst to step up and put away the spot-kick.
Hoffenheim was struggling for much of the first half but tied things up before halftime when Christoph Baumgartner headed the ball into the goal from close range following a cross from Andrej Kramaric.
Just minutes into the second the hosts were once again punished as the referee pointed to the spot for another penalty. This time Hoffenheim defender Benjamin Hubner was judged to have brought down Kevin Mbabu in the area. Weghorst once took the penalty and did not miss as he gave Wolfsburg the lead again.
However, Hoffenheim would not go away and they leveled the score once again as this time the referee gave them a penalty. Weghorst was the guilty party as he handled the ball during a free-kick. Kramaric would score, but just barely as the Koen Casteels had guessed right on his attempt to stop the shot.
Wolfsburg would have the last say in the game as Weghorst redeemed himself with a cool chip over Oliver Baumann to ensure his team took all three points.
The win moves Wolfsburg up to ninth place in the standings with 31 points, five points behind Schalke for the second Europa League spot.
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways as they cruised to a comfortable win over Eintracht Frankfurt at Signal Iduna-Park to give them some confidence ahead of their Champions League encounter with PSG.
Timothy Chandler started for Frankfurt and played the full 90 while Giovanni Reyna came on to play the final 15 minutes for BVB.
It took them some time but the host would break the scoreless deadlock three minutes past the half-hour mark when Lukasz Piszczek struck from the edge of the area.
Dortmund carried their momentum into the second half and Jadon Sancho doubled their lead in the 49th minute. Axel Witsel would find the Englishman with a through-ball to the left, allowing him to dribble into the area and slip past a defender before putting the ball in the back of the net.
The raucous BVB supporters were treated to a third goal in the 54th minute when their new signing Erling Haland tapped in from close range to finish off a low cross from teammate Achraf Hakimi.
Raphael Guerreiro rounded out the scoring for Dortmund in the 74th minute with a blistering strike from outside the area.
BVB remains in third place in the standings with 42 points, four points off the pace with leaders Bayern Munich.
In other Bundesliga action, Weston McKennie and Schalke had to settle for a point with Mainz as their game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf appear to be headed towards the relegation trap door as they were beaten by Borussia Monchengladbach by a 4-1 scoreline.
Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen are in the same boat as Dusseldorf as they fell to a Tyler Adams-less RB Leipzig in a 3-0 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Jann George and Jahn Regensburg came away with the 1-0 win over Wehen Wiesbaden.
Timothy Tillman came off the bench for Greuther Furth as they succumbed to the leader Arminia Bielefeld in a 4-2 loss.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II annihilated Hallescher FC, minus Terrence Boyd, in a 6-1 victory. The Bavarian reserves now sit six points away from an automatic promotion place.
McKinze Gaines and Sonnenhof Großaspach were on the wrong side of a 1-0 loss to Hansa Rostock.