KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Timmy Chandler scored his first goal in three years for Eintracht Frankfurt in their win while Christian Pulisic returned to the starting lineup for Borussia Dortmund against Hertha Berlin.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt showed they are going to be tough competition as the Champions League spots remain open as they put on a strong performance against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
Sebastien Haller scored the Eagles first goal in the 18th minute when he took a pass from teammate Marius Wolf and held off his marker to shot the ball past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Chandler doubled Frankfurt's lead four minutes later when Ante Rebic's backheeled pass found Wolf making a run down the middle. He dribbled the ball into the area before crossing to the American who blasted his shot into the back of the net.
Wolfsburg cut the deficit in the 66th minute when Maximilian Arnold's free kick sailed past Lucas Hradecky.
Any chance for Wolfsburg to level the score were dashed a minute later when Nany Dimata was sent off for his late challenge Omar Mascarell.
This allowed the visitors to restore their two-goal lead and seal the game in the 85th minute when Luka Jovic got his foot onto the ball to tuck it into the goal.
Frankfurt sits in seventh place in the standings with 30 points, only one point behind second place Bayer Leverkusen.
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Shinji Kagawa's goal canceled out an earlier striker from Davie Selke to allow Borussia Dortmund to steal a point from Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium,
Pulisic made his return to the starting line up after sitting out last week due to injury. Despite the return to the American, there was no place for their striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was ruled out for another game as he appears to still be in the doghouse for his disciplinary issues. Also, there are rumors that he could be on his way out to join Arsenal in this transfer window.
Dortmund had the first excellent chance at goal 13 minutes into the contest when Pulisic sent a cross into the area from the right. Kagawa got his head onto the ball, but could not direct it downward as it flew over the goal.
The capital team had their own chance at goal just after the half-hour mark when Niklas Stark's header sailed wide of the goal.
Hertha finally found a way through just seconds into the second half when Valentino Lazaro's cross found Davie Selke in the area and he tucked the ball past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki.
The host thought they doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Ondrej Duda struck, but it was later judged to be offside.
This kept BVB in the game and they were able to find the equalizer in the 71st minute when Jadon Sancho's cross found Kagawa and he made sure his header went into the goal.
BVB sits in sixth place in the standings with 30 points.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke in their 1-1 tie with Hannover.
Bobby Wood, who has been struggling for this season, came off the bench for Hamburg in their 2-0 loss to FC Koln.
Caleb Stanko was a late-game substitute as Freiburg came away with a shock 2-1 win over RB Leipzig.
The 3. Liga returned to action over the weekend with Isiah Young coming off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 1-0 loss to Wurzburger Kickers.
Joe Gyau and Sonnenhof Grosspach had their game against Hansa Rostock postponed.