KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 9, 2020
Weston McKennie scored his first goal in a while for Schalke in their tie with Hoffenheim while Josh Sargent also scored for Werder Bremen as they shared the spoils with Hertha Berlin.
Schalke 1-1 Hoffenheim
Weston McKennie's goal would not be enough as Hoffenheim scored the equalizer in the second half to see both teams come away with a point at the Veltins Arena.
McKennie started the game and was very active throughout the 90 minutes.
With a spot in next season's Europa League on the line and several teams on their tail, Schalke was looking to take all three points as they had gone six games winless before this contest.
McKennie showed how much influence he would have in the game in the early stages when he sent a brilliant diagonal ball into the path of teammate Jonjoe Kenny. But the Englishman's strike was parried away by Oliver Baumann.
Goal scoring has been an issue for the Royal Blues as of late, so the American midfielder took matters into his own hands 20 minutes into the game when he took a pass from Kenny and took on the Hoffenheim defense before striking his first goal for the team since October 2018.
McKennie and Kenny's link-up play continued into the second half, and they had to once again rue a missed chance when the right-back fired from distance only for Baumann to make another save.
Schalke was holding onto their narrow lead until Christoph Baumgartner entered the game and leveled the score in the 69th minute as he was left unmarked to get his foot on Benjamin Hubner's header from a corner kick.
A rather disappointing result in the end as Schalke could not capitalize on McKennie's inspired play.
Schalke remains in sixth place in the standings with 37 points.
Hertha Berlin 2-2 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen could not hold onto their early lead as Hertha Berlin came back to score two unanswered goals to salvage a point at the Olympic Stadium.
Josh Sargent, who had been coming off the bench in recent weeks, returned to Bremen's starting line-up and played 87 minutes.
The visitors did not wait long to open the scoring as Sargent found the back of the net just three minutes into the game. Taking a pass from Leonardo Bittencourt, the American forward made a darting run before firing his shot from outside the area past Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
Bremen put their host in a bigger hole three minutes later when they scored a second. The Hertha backline was not paying attention as Davy Klaassen ran into the area to head in a cross from teammate Milot Rashica.
The host would then cut the deficit in the 41st minute when Niklas Stark rose up to head in the goal from Marvin Plattenhardt's free-kick.
The capital team carried their momentum into the second half and went on to level the score on the hour mark when Bremen goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino parried away an attempt from Maximilian Mittelstadt into the path of Matheus Cunha, who made sure to bury it.
Hertha poured on the pressure towards the end of the game, but Werder Bremen was able to withstand the pressure to hold on to a point at the final whistle.
Werder Bremen sits in 17th place in the standings with 18 points.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks started for Wolfsburg while Tyler Adams returned to the RB Leipzig first team with a spot on the bench as both teams played out a 0-0 tie.
Giovanni Reyna came on to the play the last seven minutes for Borussia Dortmund while Fabian Johnson rode the pine for Borussia Monchengladbach as BVB came away with the 2-1 victory to move them up to second place in the standings.
Alfredo Morales seems to not be a favorite of recently appointed Fortuna Dusseldorf coach Uwe Rosler as he was rooted to the bench in their 1-1 tie with Mainz.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth shared the points with Holstein Kiel following a 1-1 tie.
Bobby Wood was a spectator on the bench for Hamburg in their 2-1 win over Jann George and Jahn Regensburg.
Kevin Lankford had to settle for a spot on the bench for St. Pauli in their 2-2 tie with Sandhausen.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II inched their way closer to the promotion places with a 2-0 win over McKinze Gaines and Sonnenhof Großaspach.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Hallescher FC as a stoppage-time goal allowed them to salvage a point against Ingolstadt following a 1-1 tie.