KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 10, 2017
John Brooks scored a goal to help Hertha Berlin in their win to keep their slim Champions League hopes alive, while Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in Hamburg's win over Hoffenheim.
Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg
Goals from John Brooks and Valentin Stocker helped the capital team get their pursuit of a Champions League place back on track as they earned a shutout win over relegation contenders Augsburg at the Olympic Stadium.
Brooks started the game for Hertha in the win.
Having been on a three-game losing streak, Hertha saw themselves falling behind in the race to claim at least one of the two available spots left for the Champions League.
Brooks opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he headed in his shot past Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz after Stocker mishit an effort.
The host doubled their lead in the 37th minute when Salomon Kalou squared a pass to Stocker for him to easily tap in.
Hertha was dominant from the start and could have scored more, but they should be satisfied as they continue their pursuit of a Champions League place.
The win leaves Hertha Berlin fifth place with 43 points - seven points behind Borussia Dortmund.
Hamburg 2-1 Hoffenheim
Aaron Hunt scored two goals for Hamburg in their win over Champions League hopefuls Hoffenheim as they continued to pull themselves away from the relegation zone.
Wood started the game for die Rothosen in the win.
Hunt would score his first goal in the 25th minute from a free kick at the edge of the area. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann made a dive to parry the ball away, but it just got by him.
Hoffenheim leveled the score 10 minutes later when Andrej Kramarić scored from the penalty spot. The referee judged that Hamburg defender Matthias Ostrzolek had brought down Ermin Bičakčić in the are, allowing the Croatian to convert from the spot.
But Hamburg was not deterred and Hunt went on to score the game-winner in the 75th minute. Wood was put through and could have taken a shot himself. However, he unselfishly crossed the ball over to Hunt to tap in from close range to send the Hamburg fans into a frenzy.
The win moves Hamburg up to 13th place with 33 points.
It was a rough outing for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund as they were handed a 4-1 trouncing by Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Timmy Chandler started in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 tie with Werder Bremen. Aron Johannsson watched all of the action on the bench for Werder.
Alfredo Morales came off the bench for Ingolstadt in their 3-2 win over Darmstadt.
Andrew Wooten started in Sandhausen's 3-1 loss to Arminia Bielefeld.
Jerome Kiesewetter came off the bench in Fortuna Düsseldorf's 2-2 tie with Union Berlin.
Julian Green watched from the bench VfB Stuttgart went on to a comfortable 2-0 win over Karlsruher. The win moves Stuttgart back up to first place in the 2. Bundesliga standings.
Shawn Barry started as relegation-threatened FSV Frankfurt suffered a 3-0 loss to Paderborn.
Joe Gyau started while David Yelldell watched from the bench in Sonnenhof Großaspach's 2-1 loss to 3. Liga leaders MSV Duisburg.
Jann George started in Jahn Regensburg's 2-1 win over Magdeburg. Regensburg sit in fourth place in the standings, one from the second automation promotion spot.