KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund's struggles continued as they could only must up a tie with Bayer Leverkusen while Weston McKennie and Schalke shared the points with Koln.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Andriy Yarmolenko's second-half goal canceled out an earlier strike from Kevin Volland as Borussia Dortmund escaped with a point at the BayArena.
The struggles continue for Christian Pulisic and BVB as they have gone winless in seven games. There last victory came at the end of September with a 2-1 win over Augsburg.
The difference in confidence was evident when the game started as Bayer put pressure on the visitors from the start. Sven Bender and Kai Havertz both came close to scoring but narrowly missed their chances.
However, Volland would find the goal for the host in the 30th minute as Havertz capitalized on a defensive miscue by BVB to pass the ball to his teammate at midfield. Volland rounded an onrushing Roman Burki and easily tapped the ball into the open net.
Despite being a goal up, Leverkusen would go down a man in the 41st minute when Brazilian defender Wendell was shown a red card after a review from the video assistant referee for his horror tackle on Gonzalo Castro. The German midfielder had to be taken off as BVB's injury crisis added another victim.
Dortmund finally came to life in the second half and found the equalizer when Yarmolenko finished off a pass from teammate Andre Schürrle.
However, the host nearly lost the point near the end of the game when Leon Bailey's free-kick was headed towards the bottom corner of the goal, but Burki made a splendid diving save to keep the score level.
Dortmund sits in sixth place in the standings with 22 points.
Schalke 2-2 Köln
After a stellar comeback last week against Borussia Dortmund, Schalke allowed the Bundesliga's bottom team to stage a comeback of their own as Sehrou Guirassy's penalty helped them to a point at the Veltins Arena.
There was no doubt that the Weston McKennie and the Royal Blues came into the game as the favorites against a team that has not yet won their first game in the Bundesliga campaign.
The host opened the scoring in the 36th minute Daniel Caligiuri's pass in the box found teammate Guido Burgstaller, who steered the ball into the back of the net.
However, Koln found the equalizer in five minutes into the start of the second half when Guirassy was able to get his foot on a free-kick from Salih Özcan.
Schalke retook the lead in the 72nd minute when Amin Harit's perseverance allowed him to poke the ball past Koln goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Despite having the lead, Schalke could not hold onto it for long as the referee called a penalty as it was judged that Benjamin Stambouli handled the ball in the area. Guirassy stepped up and converted the penalty to ensure that Koln would steal a point on the day.
Schalke sits in third place in the standings with 25 points.
John Brooks started for Wolfsburg while Fabian Johnson watched from the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as the Wolves came away with a comfortable 3-0 win.
Bobby Wood started for Hamburg while Caleb Stanko watched from the bench for Freiburg as both teams shared the points following their 0-0 tie.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Fürth in their 2-0 loss to Duisburg.
Terrence Boyd started for Darmstadt while Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg as the visitors got the 1-0 win at the Jonathan Heimes Stadium.
Alfredo Morales started for Ingolstadt in their 2-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
Haji Wright came off the bench for Sandhausen in their 1-0 loss to Nurnberg.
Kevin Lankford watched from the bench as Heidenheim came away with the 3-2 win over Kaiserslautern.
In the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 3-1 loss to Würzburger Kickers.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II while Robert Kristo watched from the bench for Osnabruck as both teams shared their points following a 2-2 tie.