KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 5, 2016
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin came from behind to win at Wolfsburg, while Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund put a beating on Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
An early goal only sparked Borussia Dortmund into scoring four unanswered themselves in their big win at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Both Pulisic and Johnson would come off the bench for their respective teams as both gear up for their final group games in the Champions League.
The visitors stunned BVB early on when they scored the games first goal in the sixth minute. A poor clearance by the Dortmund defense saw the ball fall to the feet of Raffael and he made them pay dearly as he struck from the edge of the area to give his team the early lead.
That early goal woke up the host as they went on to level the score within seconds after the restart. Ousame Dembele's pass would find Marco Reus and the German international would lay it off to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who also scored his goal from the edge of the area.
Lukasz Piszczek scored Dortmund's second goal on the day in the 15th minute when he headed in his effort from close range from a corner kick.
Dembele maintained BVB's momentum into the second half when he scored the team's third in the 64th minute. The Frenchman collected a pass from Reus, toyed with a defender in the area and unleashed his shot past Foals goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
Aubameyang would grab his second and the team's fourth goal four minutes later when a back-heeled pass from Reus left the Gabon international the easy chance from point-blank-range.
The win moves Dortmund up to sixth place in the standings with 24 points, while Mönchengladbach sit 13th with 13 points.
Wolfsburg 2-3 Hertha Berlin
Two second half goals helped the capital team to three big points on the road in their win at the Volkswagen Arena.
Brooks started in central defense for Hertha as they continue their push to catch first place RB Leipzig.
It would be the host that opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Borja Mayoral. Yannick Gerhardt's cross from the left found the head of Daniel Caligiuri, whose effort was well saved by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. However, the team failed to clear the ball and the Spanish youth international was allowed to blast the ball into the back of the net.
The goal did not deter the visitors and they found the equalizer four minutes later. Marvin Plattenhardt's free kick left Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio rooted in his spot.
Wolfsburg would retake the lead in the 18th minute as Paul Seguin was able to meet a long ball from Gerhardt and slide it past Jarstein from an acute angle.
However, the second half belonged to Hertha as they found the equalizer again in the 69th minute. Alexander Esswein's long-range strike beat Benaglio.
Salomon Kalou would give Hertha the win in the first minute of stoppage time as he stepped up to convert the penalty after Caligiuri was judged to have brought Plattenhardt down in the area.
The win leaves Hertha in third place with 27 points.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 1-1 tie with Augsburg.
Bobby Wood made his return after serving a three-game ban, coming off the subs bench, while Ashton Götz was watched all the action in Hamburg's 2-0 win over Darmstadt.
Aron Johannsson watched from the bench as Werder Bremen earned a 2-1 win over Ingolstadt.
Andrew Wooten started and scored a goal in Sandhausen's 3-1 win over Nürnberg.
Russell Canouse came off the bench for Bochum in their 1-0 loss to Arminia Bielefeld.
Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench as Fortuna Düsseldorf's game with Würzburger Kickers ended in a 0-0 tie.
Fabrice Picault watched from the bench in St. Pauli's 0-0 tie with Kaiserslautern.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg in their 1-0 loss to Rot-Weiß Erfurt.
Robert Kristo came off the bench as Osnabrück settled for the 1-1 tie with Fortuna Köln.
Shawn Barry started for FSV Frankfurt in their 1-0 loss to Magdeburg.
David Yelldell watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach scored a 2-1 win over Wehen Wiesbaden.