RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Bobby Wood ended his long scoring drought as Hamburg boosted their survival chances while Weston McKennie and 10-man Schalke held on to share the points with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Hamburg
Hamburg boosted their chances of avoiding the drop to the 2. Bundesliga as they came away with a big win over Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
It's been a rough season for Hamburg all around, especially for Bobby Wood who has had difficulty finding the back of the net for most of it. He even spent some time out of the starting lineup as his form took a huge dip.
On the other side, Wolfsburg had high hopes to be competitive this season, but they have found themselves also battling for survival. John Brooks was supposed to be one of the key additions to their team this season, but once again injuries have plagued.
While Wood was in the starting lineup for Hamburg, Brooks watched all of the action from the bench for Wolfsburg.
The visitors were given the chance to open the scoring minutes before halftime when Tatsuya Ito was brought down in the area. This gave Wood the chance to finally end his slump and he successfully converted from the spot in the 43rd minute to give his team the lead.
Lewis Holtby doubled Hamburg's lead in first-half stoppage time when his glancing header from an Ito cross beat goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Josip Brekalo cut the deficit for Wolfsburg in the 78th minute when his low free-kick somehow fooled Hamburg goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck and ended up in the back of the net.
However, Hamburg restored their two-goal lead three minutes into stoppage time when Luca Waldschmidt followed up on a missed penalty by Filip Kostic and buried into the goal.
Hamburg sits in 17th place in the standings with 28 points while Wolfsburg is just above them in 16th.
Schalke 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Schalke was able to hold on for a point after going a man down in the first half against Borussia Monchengladbach at the Veltins Arena.
Weston McKennie would come off the bench for the Royal Blues as they maintain their hold on second place over regional rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The host would find themselves reduced to 10 men in the 12th minute when Nabil Bentaleb was shown a red card after a review from the video assistant referee. The Algerian was accused of slapping 'Gladbach captain Lars Stindl, which later confirmed by the video.
The Foals took advantage and opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when the Schalke backline left their goalkeeper, Ralf Fahrmann exposed and Stindl played the ball to Raffael, who tapped it into the open goal.
However, the visitors could not hold on to their lead for long as the video assistant referee once again came into play as it spotted a handball in the area by Christoph Kramer, giving Schalke a lifeline.
Daniel Caligiuri would step up to convert the penalty in first-half stoppage time to level the score.
Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco organized his team in the second half to counter when the chances arose while 'Gladbach continued to put pressure on their goal. However, neither was able to fnid a break through and settled for the tie.
Schalke holds a two point lead over BVB for second place.
Christian Pulisic started for Borussia Dortmund as they went to share the points with Werder Bremen following a 1-1 tie.
Timmy Chandler watched from the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt were on the wrong end of a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich.
In the 2. Bundesliga, the relegation battle is a ridiculously tight affair with five points separating 7th from 17th place. Any team in between could find themselves on the wrong end depending on results.
Julian Green and Greuther Furth are one of those teams and they did themselves no favors as they suffered a 3-0 loss to St. Pauli.
Jann George started and scored a goal as Jahn Regensburg fell 4-1 to Duisburg. Regensburg's are now five points out from claiming the promotion playoff spot.
Terrence Boyd came of the bench for Darmstadt in their 3-1 win over Union Berlin. Darmstadt currently sits in 17th place in the standings, but they could easily find themselves in the top half of the standings depending on other results.
Kevin Lankford started for Heidenheim as they came away with a 2-0 win over Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen.
Down in the 3. Liga, both Joe Gyau and Mario Rodriguez came off the bench for Sonnenhof Gro▀aspach in their 3-2 loss to Meppen.
Isiah Young watched all the action from the bench as Werder Bremen II came away with a comfortable 3-0 win over Rot-Wei▀ Erfurt.