KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 12, 2018
Bobby Wood and Hannover came out on top over John Brooks and Wolfsburg while Fabian Johnson came off the bench to see Borussia Monchengladbach move up to second place.
Hannover 2-1 Wolfsburg
Hannover earned only their second win of the season as goals from Linton Mania and Ihlas Bebou helped them to all three points over fellow strugglers Wolfsburg at HDI Arena.
Wood got the start for Hannover in the win, playing 87 minutes.
It looked like Hannover were going to be in a hole 20 minutes into the contest when Wolfsburg scored the opener through Yunus Malli, but after a review for the video assistant referee, it was judged that the ball was handled by Yannick Gerhardt to disallow the goal.
This allowed the host to eventually open the scoring just after the half-hour mark when Bebou set up Mania to unleash a volleyed effort that Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels could not get a hand on as it rolled into the goal.
Entering the second half and Hannover had a chance to double their lead just after the hour mark when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Marvin Bakalorz was brought down in the area by William. Bebou stepped up and had no problems converting the penalty to give his team some breathing room.
However, Wolfsburg would make it not so comfortable for their opponents near the end as the referee again called a penalty. This time Hannover's Miiko Albornoz was judged to have brought down Gerhardt in the area.
Wout Weghorst put away the penalty, but Wolfsburg could not find the equalizer to salvage a point in the end.
Hannover sits in 16th place in the standings with nine points while Wolfsburg drops to 12th with 12 points.
Werder Bremen 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
An Alassane Plea hat-trick helped Borussia Monchengladbach to all three points and a jump to second place in the standings with a convincing win over Werder Bremen at the Weser Stadion.
Johnson would enter the game to play the final 20 minutes for the Foals as they try to keep up with league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
'Gladbach scored their first of the game in the 39th minute when Plea curled in a shot past goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka to give his team the lead.
The Frenchman was on a roll and added his and the team's second just minutes into the second half when connected on a corner kick from Thorgan Hazard, sending his deflected shot between the legs of Pavlenka and into the back of the net.
The visitors sealed the game four minutes later when Plea nonchalantly chipped his one-timed shot into the goal to finish off a cross from Ozcar Wendt.
Nuri Sahin reduced the deficit in the 59th minute with a goal for Werder Bremen, but the damage had already been down by their opponents as they try to put a challenge for the league title.
Borussia Monchengladbach sits in second place in the standings with 23 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke as they were blanked by Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-0 loss.
Christian Pulisic was a spectator on the bench as Borussia Dortmund showed that there might be a challenge for the Bundesliga crown this season with a 3-2 win over reigning champions Bayern Munich.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen as they shared the points with Duisburg after 0-0 tie.
Kenneth Kronholm started between the sticks for Holstein Kiel as they could only salvage a point following a thrilling 4-4 tie with Paderborn.
Julian Green started for Greuther Furth as they were shutout by Union Berlin in a 4-0 loss.
Jann George started and assisted on a goal for Jahn Regensburg 3-2 win over Magdeburg.