KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 28, 2017
Bobby Wood scored his first goal of the season in Hamburg's win over Köln while Fabian Johnson saw his first action for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their game with Augsburg.
Köln 1-3 Hamburg
Hamburg made two wins out of two games this season as they would go on to secure a comfortable victory over Köln at the RheinEnergie Stadion despite going down to 10 men.
Die Rothosen have been intent on starting the season in a more positive fashion and avoid the pitfalls that saw them struggle for long stretches last season as they had to stave off the threat of relegation. Judging by their recent performances so far they could remain an ever-present in the top half of the standings.
However, it would be the host that started brightly with chances from Yuya Osako and Leonardo Bittencourt not finding the back of the net.
Andre Hahn would then open the scoring for Hamburg in the 28th minute when Köln failed to clear the ball from their end following a corner kick and the forward made them pay for their error as he fired his volleyed effort past goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Wood then scored his first goal of the season six minutes later to double Hamburg's lead. And it would yet again be Köln's failure to clear the ball from a set piece that hurt them. A free kick barely cleared the area when Gianluca Waldschmidt's effort fell to Wood and he blasted his shot past Horn.
Despite having the lead, the visitors would find themselves down a man in the second half as Mergim Mavraj was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for his challenge on Jhon Andres Cordoba.
This made things interesting in stoppage time, which was set for an astoundng 13 minutes, as Köln cut the deficit in half when Frederik Sorensen scored in the 97th minute. A cross into the area from Osako found Cordoba, who headed the ball towards the Dane and he would poke it past Hamburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia.
However, Hamburg were not done and found their insurance goal through Lewis Holtby in the 10 minute of stoppage time. Albin Ekdal made a run from him team's own end with the ball and sent a low cross into the area that found the German wide open to tap in from close range.
The win puts Hamburg in third place in the standings.
Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sergio Cordova would score just before the end of regulation to ensure that Augsburg would salvage a point against Borussia Mönchengladbach in a thrilling game at the WWK Arena.
Johnson, who missed the Foals' first game last weekend, came in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The action would immediately start after the whistle as Augsburg went on to score the game's first goal with in seconds. Alfredh Finnbogason would take a pass from teammate Michael Gregoritsch and put his shot past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
However, 'Gladbach would respond six minutes later as they levelled the score through Denis Zakaria as he worked with Lars Stindl which ultimately led to the Swiss international putting the ball into the back of the net.
Ozcar Wendt gave the visitors the lead in the 30th minute as he was in the right place to put away the goal. Patrick Herrmann's shot was saved by Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, but the Swede made sure the next effort went in.
Despite the deficit, Augsburg did not fold and score the equalizer in the 89th minute when Cordova met a Marcel Heller cross to guide ball towards the goal with his left foot.
The tie leaves 'Gladbach in fifth place in the standings.
Christian Pulisic was in the starting lineup for Borussia Dortmund as they continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin. BVB currently sit atop of the standings ahead of rivals Bayern Munich on goal difference.
Timmy Chandler started in the back line for Eintracht Frankfurt but Wolfsburg would score the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute to give them a 1-0 win over the Eagles.
Weston McKennie watched all of the action for Schalke on the bench this time as the Royal Blues fell 1-0 to Hannover.
Down in the 2. Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales was in the starting lineup for Ingolstadt as they got their first points of the season with a 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth.
Terrence Boyd was a late game sub for Darmstadt while Sandro Sirigu started in the back line as the team stole all three points on the road following a 2-1 win over MSV Duisburg.
Jann George started up top for Jahn Regensburg but could not find the back of the net this time as the team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Holstein Kiel.
Haji Wright came off the bench for Sandhausen while Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench for Fortuna Düsseldorf as the latter secured a 2-1 win on the road.
In the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started while Mario Rodriguez came off the bench for Sonnenhof Großaspach as they shared the points with Carl Zeiss Jena following a 0-0 tie.
Robert Kristo came off the bench for Osnabrück in their 1-0 win over Sportfreunde Lotte.
Devann Yao came off the bench for Meppen but could not help the team as they fell 1-0 to Paderborn.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremn II as they went on to suffer a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Magdeburg.