KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Bundesliga season got underway over the weekend with both John Brooks and Fabian Johnson scoring goals for their respective teams as they came away with wins.
Wolfsburg 2-1 Schalke
Daniel Ginczek scored the game-winner in stoppage time to help Wolfsburg get their Bundesliga campaign off to a positive start over Schalke at the Volswagen Arena.
Brooks, who had been injured for a part of the season but returned in time to help the Wolves stave off relegation, started in the center of defense while Weston McKennie started for the Royal Blues.
The host would open the scoring after the half-hour mark as Brooks was left unmarked to easily head in the corner kick from teammate Maximilian Arnold.
Schalke were in search of the equalizer, but Matija Nastasic did not help their efforts as he was sent off by the referee in the 65th minute for his high challenge on Wout Weghorst. However, luck would be on their side later when the referee point to the spot for a penalty after judging that Brooks' high kick on Breel Embolo was too dangerous.
Nabil Bentaleb converted the penalty to level the score in the 85th minute.
However, Schalke would not be leaving with a point as Ginczek found the back of the net in the 94th minute when he pounced on the loose ball following an effort from Yannick Gerhardt.
Wolfsburg start the season in sixth place in the standings.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Two second-half goals saw Borussia Monchengladbach dispose of Bayer Leverkusen at Borussia Park to continue their good form.
Fabian Johnson got the start for the Foals as he made his return to the team following an injury-filled last seaon.
Mochengladbach entered the game brimming with confidence as they gave an 11-0 thrashing to their fifth division opponents in the German Cup last weekend.
And that confidence carried over into this game when Jonas Hofmann coverted from the penalty spot in the 55th minute following a poor challenge from Leverkusen's Aleksandr Dragovic.
Johnson would double 'Gladbach's lead three minutes later when he and teammate Raffael linked up with some great passing in the area before the Brazilian's low cross ended up back towards the American who steered the ball home from close range.
The win puts Monchengladbach in fourth place in the standings.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic started for Borussia Dortmund as they came from a goal down to defeat RB Leipzig 4-1 at Signal-Iduna Park.
Alfredo Morales was in the starting lineup for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 loss to Augsburg.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Kevin Lankford started for Heidenheim in the 3-1 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Both Jann George and Kenneth Kronholm started for their respective teams as Jahn Regensburg and Holstein Kiel shared the points following a 0-0 tie.
Julian Green started for Gruether Further as they played out a 2-2 tie with Paderborn.
Joe Gyau came off the bench for Duisburg while Terrence Boyd watched all of the action for Darmstadt as the latter came away with a 3-0 win.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench for Sandhausen in their 1-0 loss to Bochum.