KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Giovanni Reyna made his first start for Borussia Dortmund as he registered an assist in their win over Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig to secure second place in the Bundesliga standings.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 RB Leipzig
Borussia Dortmund ensured they would finish in second place in the standings as they came away with the shutout victory over RB Leipzig at Red Bull Arena.
After weeks of coming off the bench, Giovanni Reyna received his first start for Dortmund while Tyler Adams came to play the entire second half for Leipzig.
With Bayern Munich sealing another league title, this game was merely about solidifying spots for the Champions League. And with a week left in the Bundesliga season, neither team wanted to keep their status in doubt until the final games of the season.
BVB had the advantage early in the first half with excellent chances coming from both Thorgan Hazard and Erling Haaland. The young Norwegian striker had two of his shot saved by Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
But the visitors would finally breakthrough on the half-hour mark with a charge led by Julian Brandt on the right side of the field. His pass found Reyna who was making a late run into the area. No one would have blamed the 17-year-old if he took a shot at that moment, but his instinct convinced him to pass the ball to Haaland who made sure that his third attempt at goal hit the back of the net.
The host went on the attack before the half-time whistle, but Dortmund would head to the dressing room with a slim advantage.
The second would see Leipzig push for the equalizer to no success. But at the other end, Dortmund found the insurance goal they were looking as Haaland once again got his name on the scoresheet with a stoppage-time strike. Brandt chased down the loose ball, crossed it into the area and the lanky forward steered it home from close range.
In other action from the Bundesliga, John Brooks and Wolfsburg punished Weston McKennie and Schalke as they cruised to a 4-1 win to guarantee them a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.
Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen now have one game left to try and secure the pro/rel playoff spot as they fell to Mainz in a 3-1 loss.
Timothy Chandler played 63 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt as they shared the points with FC Koln following a 1-1 tie.
Chris Richards made his debut for Bayern Munich's first team when he came on in the 84th minute as the champions beat Freiburg by a 3-1 scoreline.
Alfredo Morales was spectator on the bench in Fortuna Dusseldorf's 1-1 tie with Augsburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green went the distance while Timothy Tillman came on to play the final 20 minutes as Greuther Furth settled for a 2-2 tie with Bochum.
Down in the 3. Liga, Malik Tillman and Taylor Booth started for Bayern Munich II in their 2-2 tie with Magdeburg. The reserves now sit atop of the standings with a good shot at winning the third division title despite not being allowing to move up to the 2. Bundesliga.
Lennard Maloney started for Chemnitzer, but his day ended early as he was sent off in the first half for two yellow cards as his team went on to fall to Wurzburger Kickers in a 3-0 defeat.
McKinze Gaines came on in the second half and scored a goal for Sonnenhof Großaspach, but it wasn't enough as they were on the wrong end of a 3-2 loss to Waldhof Mannheim.
Terrence Boyd was brought on in the second half to provide a spark for Hallescher FC, but it didn't work out as suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to 1860 Munich.