KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 28, 2020
It was a tough weekend for Giovanni Reyna and Borussia Dortmund as they were beaten by Augsburg while Josh Sargent registered an assist in Werder Bremen's win over Schalke.
Augsburg 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund was roughed up by Augsburg on the day and could not seem to get anything going their way as they fell in the end at the WWK Arena.
Giovanni Reyna went the distance for BVB and was the target of some physical play as Augsburg tried to cancel out the influence of the midfielder.
After an impressive display in their 3-0 defeat of Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend, it would have surprised no one if many people had this game marked on their schedule just to see what the young team had in store for their next opponents. However, the talk at the end of the game would be about how Augsburg shut them down.
Reyna would get his first taste of the turf just two minutes in when Jeffrey Gouweleeuw tripped him up in the midfield as he pushed the ball forward to launch an attack.
Dortmund was not deterred by the physical play as they pushed for goals early in the contest. Axel Witsel had an excellent opportunity in the fifth minute with a volley that was dipping towards the goal. However, Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz would make the save.
Just before the half-hour mark, Reyna was targeted again with a rough tackle from behind. Michael Gregoritsch would come to push the 17-year-old off the ball, earning a yellow card as the referee thought it was excessive. Seconds later, an Augsburg defender brought down Jude Bellingham with a rough tackle, which only made the BVB players increasingly frustrated as it disrupted the flow of their game.
Throwing the visitors off their game seemed to work as Augsburg broke the scoreless deadlock in the 40th minute. Daniel Caligiuri's free-kick would be headed in by Felix Uduokhai.
The host doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Florian Niederlechner played the ball to Caligiuri who made a darting run up the middle of the field and the Italian would hold off his marker to slot his shot past Roman Burki.
Try as they did, Dortmund could not find their way around Augsburg and had to take the loss in the end.
BVB sits in 10th place in the standings with three points.
Schalke 1-3 Werder Bremen
Niclas Fullkrug would lead the charge as he netted a hat-trick in Werder Bremen's comfortable win over Schalke at the Veltins Arena, which proved to be the end for David Wagner as he was fired by the Royal Blues.
Josh Sargent played 87 minutes as the Green-Whites got a much-needed win to give them a boost of confidence.
Both teams entered this game following demoralizing defeats in the previous weekend as rumors started to mount that a loss for either would possibly see one of the respective coaches packing. So a response was needed and it would be Bremen that showed their mettle.
The visitors opened the scoring after 22 minutes when a corner kick from the left found Sargent in the area. The striker would head the ball towards the goal, with Fullkrug being on the spot to give it a final touch over the line.
Fullkrug scored his second on the day 15 minutes later when he ran onto a Ludwig Augustinsson free-kick to head past Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann.
Desperate to get back in the game, Schalke did look livelier in the second half as they had several good chances to score.
But Fullkrug put the game to bed in the 59th minute when he was brought down in the area by Ozan Kabak for a penalty. The German striker then stepped up to bury the spot-kick.
Marc Uth would score a consolation goal for Schalke in stoppage time, but the writing was already on the wall as Werder Bremen claimed all three points.
Bremen sits in 11th place in the standings with three points.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks took up his spot in central defense for Wolfsburg as they shared the points with Freiburg following a 1-1 tie.
Tyler Adams went the distance for RB Leipzig as they settled for the tie with Bayer Leverkusen in a 1-1 tie.
Norwegian-American Julian Ryerson came off the bench to play 17 minutes for Union Berlin in their 1-1 tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Chris Richards was on the bench for Bayern Munich as the reigning Bundesliga champions suffered a shock 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim.
Timothy Chandler watched from the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt cruised to a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green came off the bench to play 12 minutes while Timothy Tillman saw no action as Greuther Furth's game with Erzgebirge Aue ended in a 1-1 tie.
Leon Flach played the last five minutes while Kevin Lankford remained a spectator on the bench as St. Pauli held on for the 4-2 win over Heidenheim.
Alfredo Morales was on the bench as Fortuna Dusseldorf scored late in the game to come away with the 1-0 win over Wurzburger Kickers.
Down in the 3. Liga, Ryan Malone played the full 90 minutes for Lubeck in their 1-0 defeat to Unterhaching.
Terrence Boyd started for Hallescher FC while Justin Butler watched from the bench for Ingolstadt as the Bavarians came away with the 2-0 win.
Maurice Malone watched the entire game from the bench as Wehen Wiesbaden secured a 2-0 win over Viktoria Koln.