KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 3, 2017
Bobby Wood and Hamburg continued their push away from the relegation zone with their win over Köln while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin's Champions League hope took another hit.
Hamburg 2-1 Köln
A late goal from Lewis Holtby helped Hamburg to the win over Köln at the Volksparkstadion, leading them further away from the relegation zone.
Wood was in the starting lineup for Hamburg and played the entire game in the win.
Köln forward Anthony Modeste came close to scoring the first goal of the game with an overhead effort, but the ball sailed over the crossbar.
That would leave the host to opening the scoring in the 13th minute through Nicolai Muller. It was would that provided the assist for the goal as he collected a pass from Holtby on the left side of the area, slipped his defender and was able to slide the ball to Muller who slotted his shot past Köln goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Milo Jojić would level the score in the 25th minute as he headed in a cross from teammate Christian Clemens.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos then had two excellent chances to have Hamburg retake the lead. The first came in the 33rd minute when he headed the ball towards goal from a corner kick, but it was tipped over the bar by Horn. He had another headed effort just seconds later which just went over the bar.
Wood had a chance of his on just minutes into the second half, but his shot from just inside the area narrowly missed.
But Hamburg would eventually get the game-winner when Holtby was able to score as the game just entered stoppage time.
The win moves Hamburg up to 14th place in the standings with 30 points.
Hertha Berlin 1-3 Hoffenheim
The capital team's opening goal was canceled out by three from Hoffenheim as the visitors went on to take all three points at the Olympic Stadium in a game between two Champions League hopefuls.
Brooks started the game for Hertha after overcoming a sinus infection.
The visitors started strongly in the first half as they had a couple of chances to opening the scoring, but Hertha would score first in the 32nd minute through Peter Pekarik. However, the way the goal came about was somewhat freakish. Solomon Kalou dribbled the ball towards Hoffenheim's area from the left and sent a cross towards Alexander Esswein. He attempted to take a shot, but sliced it and the ball bounced towards Pekarik, who slammed his shot into the back of the net.
The host's lead was short-lived as Hoffenheim leveled the score seven minutes later from the penalty spot. Maximilian Mittelstädt was judged to have handled the ball in the area and that allowed Andrej Kramaric to convert the goal.
Hertha came close to retaking the lead before the end of the half, but all three of their chances came crashing off the woodwork.
Entering the second half and the host had to play the rest of the game with 10 men as Mittelstädt was shown his second yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Nadiem Amiri.
Hoffenheim took the lead for good in the 76th minute when Niklas Süle's long-range effort beat Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Kramaric added an insurance goal in the 86th minute to boost his team's chances of staying in the top four and place in the Champions League, while Hertha will have their work cut out for them as season reaches it final stages.
The loss Hertha in fifth place with 40 points.
Christian Pulisic came off the bench late in the second half as the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke ended in a 1-1 tie.
Alfredo Morales started in Ingolstadt's 2-1 win over Mainz.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt while Fabian Johnson continues to recover from injury for Borussia Mönchengladbach as both teams shared the points after a 0-0 tie.
Aron Johannsson watched from the bench as Werder Bremen had a comfortable 5-2 win over Freiburg to move them up to 12th place in the standings.
Terrence Boyd watched from the bench as relegation-threatened Darmstadt suffered a 4-0 loss to RB Leipzig.
Julian Green started as VfB Stuttgart came back to earn a point in their 3-3 tie with Dynamo Dresden.
Russell Canouse started in Bochum's 0-0 tie with Sandhausen.
Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 1-0 loss to 1869 Munich.
Joe Gyau started while David Yelldell watched from the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 2-1 win over Paderorn.
Shawn Barry started in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 tie with Fortuna Köln.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 1-1 tie with MSV Duisburg.