KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 10, 2018
It was a weekend to remember for Josh Sargent as he scored a goal for Werder Bremen while Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came out on top over Weston McKennie and Schalke.
Werder Bremen 3-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Josh Sargent made his debut for Werder Bremen count as he scored his first professional goal for the team as they came away with a comfortable win over Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Weserstadion.
The 18-year-old forward came off the bench for Bremen while Alfredo Morales would also come off the bench for Dusseldorf during the game.
The host dominated the game early on and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 20th minute. Max Kruse teed up Kevin Mohwald to unleash a shot from just outside the area that beat goalkeeper Michael Rensing.
Dusseldorf was finding it difficult to get into the game, but thanks to the video assistant referee, they were awarded a penalty when a handball was spotted in the area. Dodi Lukebakio would step up and convert from the spot in the 43rd minute to level the score.
However, Bremen would rely on their bench to seal the game and claim all three points.
Martin Harnik gave the host the lead again in the 71st minute when he pounced on the ball after a long-range shot from teammate Johannes Eggestein was saved by Rensing. However, he could only parry it and the forward made him pay by steering the ball into the back of the net.
Then came the moment for the young American to say hello to the Bundesliga as Sargent sealed the game in the 78th minute. A cross into the area was headed towards Harnik, but with pressure from the Dusseldorf defense, the ball was left floating in the air, allowing the Sargent to run in and head it into the open net.
It was not the most spectacular of goals, but one that Sargent will surely remember as he begins his career in the German top flight.
The win leaves Bremen in eighth place in the standings with 21 points.
Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund came out on top in the first Revierderby of the Bundesliga season as Jadon Sancho's goal allowed to claim all three points over Schalke at the Veltins Arena.
Weston McKennie started for the Royal Blues while Christian Pulisic came off the bench late in the game for BVB.
Derbies between these two teams based in the Ruhr area of Germany have always been tense affairs and this one did not disappoint.
Dortmund pressed for the early goal and got it seven minutes into the contest when captain Marco Reus' free-kick was headed into the back of the net by Thomas Delaney.
That opening goal only boosted the confidence of the visitors and they pressed for a second soon after, but Paco Alcacer's strike would sail wide of the goal.
Schalke would finally get into the game in the second half and they had to thank the video assistant referee for the assist when it was determined that Reus had brought down Amine Harit in the area. Daniel Caligiuri would convert the penalty in the 61st minute to level the score.
However, Dortmund found the back of the net in the 74th minute to retake the lead as Sancho played a one-two pass with Raphael Guerreiro before sending a low curling shot around Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann.
That would be enough to give BVB their first win at Schalke since 2013.
Borussia Dortmund maintains their lead at the top of the standings with 36 points while Schalke sits in 13th place with 14 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Bobby Wood came off the bench late in the game as Hannover shared the points with Mainz in a 1-1 tie.
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as the second-place team came away with a 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.
John Brooks did not play as he served out his suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards as Wolfsburg played out a 2-2 tie with Hoffenheim.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg in their 3-1 loss to FC Koln.
Julian Green started for Greuther Furth as they were on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Erzgebirge Aue.
Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen as they shared the points with Arminia Bielefeld following a 1-1 tie.
Kenneth Kronholm started between the sticks for Holstein Kiel as they came away with a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench while McKinze Gaines watched all of the action as Darmstadt settled for the 1-1 tie with Ingolstadt.
Joe Gyau came off the bench for Duisburg while Kevin Lankford watched all of the action for Heidenheim in their 4-1 win.