KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 13, 2017
Bobby Wood gave Hamburg a boost to their survival chances while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin pipped Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund to earn all three points.
Hamburg 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bobby Wood's goal ten minutes from the final whistle helped Hamburg to all three points over Borussia Mönchengladbach at
Wood started for Hamburg while Fabian Johnson came of the bench for the Foals.
Gladbach opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Andreas Christensen got up to head in a free kick from teammate Oscar Wendt.
However, the home team would level the score in the 36th minute when Filip Kostic headed in his own effort past Gladback goalkeeper Yann Sommer. It was a case of third time's a charm as Wood and Lewis Holtby had goals they scored earlier ruled out due to offside calls.
Wood, who was threat throughtout the game, would finally get the goal he deserved in the 80th minute. The story behind the goal was the sequence that led up to it.
Gotoku Sakai would send in a cross from the right directed towards Wood, but he was knocked down by Gladbach defender Tony Jantschke. The American forward would lay prone on the ground as if he were looking for the penalty, but
Wendt would collect the ball, send in another cross that deflected off Jantschke and to the feet of Wood who then blasted his shot into the back of the net.
The win keeps Hamburg in 16th place in the standings with 26 points while Gladbach remain in ninth place with 32 points.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals from Salomon Kalou and Marvin Plattenhardt canceled out another strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the capital team earned the win at the Olympic Stadium to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
John Brooks started for Hertha while Christian Pulisic came off the bench for BVB.
Kalou gave Hertha the lead in the 11th minute when the arduous work of teammate Vedad Ibisevic, who crossed the ball from the right, gave the Ivory Coast international time to easily tap in the ball from close range.
BVB would come alive in the second half and find the equalizer in the 55th minute when Aubameyang found himself on the receiving end of some great passing from his teammates that allowed him to bury a left-footed shot into the back of the net.
However, Hertha retook the lead in spectacular fashion as Plattenhardt curled home a free kick from just outside the area to delight of the home fans.
The win leaves Hertha in fifth place in the standings with 40 points while BVB remain in third place with 43 points.
Timmy Chandler was in the starting lineup for Eintracht Frankfurt as they blanked 3-0 by Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt as their game with FC Köln ended in a 2-2 tie.
Terrence Boyd watched from the bench as Darmstadt earned a 2-1 win over Mainz.
Aron Johannsson watched from the bench in Werder Bremen's 1-1 tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Julian Green was in the starting lineup for Stuttgart while Russell Canouse came off the bench for Bochum as the two teams shared the points following a 1-1 tie.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench for Sandhausen in their 1-1 tie with Greuther Fürth.
Both Joe Gyau and Mario Rodriguez started as Sonnenhof Großaspach suffered a 2-0 loss to Aalen.
Shawn Barry started for FSV Frankfurt in their 1-0 loss to Hallescher FC.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 2-2 tie with Fortuna Köln.