KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Tyler Adams made his Bundesliga debut for RB Leipzig in their win over Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf while Josh Sargent made another appearance of the bench for Werder Bremen.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-4 RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig went out of the gate early and did not look back as they easily handled Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Merkur Spiel-Arena to return to winning ways.
Tyler Adams, who was on the bench for his first Bundesliga game last week, earned his first start for the team since making the move from the New York Red Bulls and played the entire game. Alfredo Morales was also in the starting lineup for Dusseldorf.
It proved to be a long day for the visitors as they conceded the first goal just two minutes into the game. Goalkeeper Michael Rensing fumbled the ball from a corner kick, giving Yussuf Poulsen a late Christmas present as he pounced on the loose ball and buried it in the back of the net.
Ibrahima Konate doubled the host's lead seven minutes later when he collected a pass from Marcel Halstenberg, and the defender was able to get his shot past Rensing as it trickled over the goal line.
Leipzig was rolling and then added a third goal in the 16th minute, with Poulsen scoring his second on the day. Konrad Laimer would set up the Danish international with a pass into the area, and he would not miss.
Dusseldorf did improve their play in the second half, but they could not respond with goals.
However, Leipzig did not stop their pursuit of more goals and Laimer added a fourth for the team in the 68th minute. Rensing did well to save a shot from Marcel Sabitzer, but the rebound would fall to the Austrian international as he steered it home.
It was a good day for the team as well as for Adams who seemed to acquit himself well into the starting eleven on his first outing.
Leipzig sits in fourth place in the standings with 34 points.
Werder Bremen 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
It was a back-and-forth affair as Frankfurt would cancel out each goal Werder Bremen scored to see both teams share the points at the Weserstadion.
Josh Sargent would come off the bench for Bremen, playing the last 20 minutes.
It would be the host that opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Maximilian Eggestein took on the Frankfurt backline on his own to finish off his solo effort with the goal.
However, the visitors leveled the score eight minutes later when Ante Rebic collected a pass from Jonathan De Guzman and sent his curling shot past Bremen goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka and into the top corner of the goal.
The host came very close to restoring their lead before halftime when Eggestein felt like taking a chance from distance, but his shot came crashing off the post.
Martin Harnik did go on to restore Bremen's lead in the 52nd minute when he was released by a through-ball from teammate Max Kruse, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the goal.
However, Frankfurt would not go away as the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when it was judged that Ludwig Augustinsson handled the ball inside the area. Sebastien Haller then stepped up and converted the penalty to tie up the score again.
Bremen tried to for the win with one last attempt, but Eggestein's headed effort would be saved by Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Bremen sits in 11th place in the standings with 26 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, John Brooks started for Wolfsburg as they could not keep up with Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-0 loss.
Christian Pulisic was on the bench for Borussia Dortmund as the league leaders came away with a 5-1 win over Hannover.
Haji Wright watched all of the action from the bench as Schalke shared the points with Hertha Berlin following a 2-2 tie.
Fabian Johnson was on the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach in their 2-0 win over Augsburg.