KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 23, 2018
Christian Pulisic turned on the style as he recorded an assist in Borussia Dortmund's win over Bayer Leverkusen while Weston McKennie and Schalke shared the points with Koln.
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund's Champions League hopes received a boost as they thoroughly dismantled Bayer Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park.
BVB have lacked consistency this season, but it seems now they a rounding into form at just the right time as teams continue to fight it out for the last three spots for Europe's premier competition.
The host jumped out early and scored the game's first 13 minutes in. Pulisic took the ball at midfield and darted towards the area after some fancy dribbling to get by a Leverkusen defender. He then spotted Jadon Sancho on the left and delivered a perfect pass to the young Englishman as he curled his shot into the goal.
BVB had to wait until the second half to score their second goal, but it was well worth the wait as Marco Reus took a pass from Mario Gotze before slotting hit home.
Maximilian Philipp extended the host's lead in the 63rd minute when Sancho brought down a long pass and crossed it over to the German forward to put away.
Reus rounded out the scoring in the 79th minute as Sancho set him up with a cross to head the ball home.
The win leaves BVB in third place with 54 points, two points behind rivals Schalke for second place.
Koln 2-2 Schalke
A Marcel Risse goal late in the second half helped Koln salvage a point against Schalke at the Rhein Energie Stadion.
After scoring a big win over Borussia Dortmund last weekend in the Revierderby, Schalke was brimming with confidence as they edged closer to returning to the Champions League next season.
That confidence was shown early as they scored the game's first in the fourth minute. Naldo released teammate Evgeni Konoplyanka with a through ball from long range, allowing the Ukrainian to cross the ball over to Breel Embolo to guide into the goal.
The Royal Blues doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Konoplyanka drove in towards Koln's goal from the left and curled the ball around goalkeeper Timo Horn.
The host cut the deficit three minutes later when Leonardo Bittencourt took a pass from Jonas Hector and poked the ball past Ralf Fahrmann.
It was quiet for much of the second half with neither team finding the back of the net until the 83rd minute when Risse fired in a free kick from long range that ensured the Billy Goats would go away with a point.
The tie keeps Schalke in second place in the standings with 56 points.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt as their Champions League challenge faded away with their 3-0 loss to Hertha Berlin.
John Brooks returned to the starting lineup for Wolfsburg, but was subbed out after 29 minutes in a tactical change in the team's 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Aron Johannsson came off the bench for Werder Bremen in their 2-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hamburg as they came away with a 1-0 win over Freiburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Kevin Lankford started for Heidenheim in their 1-1 tie with Union Berlin.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg as the team continued their promotion chase with a 3-1 win over St. Pauli.
Both Andrew Wooten and Terrence Boyd came of the bench for their respective teams as Sandhausen and Darmstadt played out a 1-1 tie.
In the 3. Liga, Robert Kristo came off the bench for Osnabruck in their 2-1 loss to Aalen.
Mario Rodriguez watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach romped to a 6-0 win over Rot-Weiss Erfurt.
Isiah Young watched from the bench in Werder Bremen II's 4-2 loss to Carl Zeiss Jena.