KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 18, 2019
Tyler Adams notched his first assist for RB Leipzig in their win over Stuttgart while John Brooks and Wolfsburg rolled to a shutout win over Mainz.
VfB Stuttgart 1-3 RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig continued their march to hold a spot in the top four of the Bundesliga standings with a comfortable win over Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena.
Tyler Adams started the game for Leipzig and again showed that he is adjusting well to the German game.
The visitors did not take long to open the scoring as Yussuf Poulsen found the back of the net just six minutes into the game. A cross from Timo Werner was initially stopped by a Stuttgart defender, but they lost track of the ball in the area, and the Dane was there to pounce on it.
However, Leipzig literally handed the host a way back into the game 10 minutes later when it was judged that team captain Willi Orban handled the ball in the area. That allowed Steven Zuber to step up and covert the penalty.
Stuttgart nearly took the lead before halftime when Ozan Kabak's headed effort from a free-kick was cleared away by Marcel Sabitzer.
Sabitzer effort to stop a goal at one end was rewarded with a goal of his own in the 68th minute when his free-kick near the edge of the area was too much to handle, as it left Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron Zieler rooted to his spot.
Adams helped Leipzig seal the game six minutes later when his through ball released Poulsen and the Dane bagged his second goal of the game.
The win puts Leipzig in fourth place in the standings with 41 points.
Wolfsburg 3-0 Mainz
Wolfsburg romped to their own comfortable win over Mainz at Volkswagen Arena to maintain their push for a European place at season's end.
John Brooks, who has played well, and most importantly injury-free, started the game in his usual spot in central defense in the win for the Wolves.
It only took the host four minutes to score their first goal of the game when Maximilian Arnold collected a pass from teammate Josip Brekalo and fired his shot from outside the area as it skipped past Mainz goalkeeper Florian Muller.
Mainz had their chances, but it was Wolfsburg that was finding the back of the net.
Wout Weghorst doubled his team's lead after the hour mark when he converted from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee spotted a handball in the area.
Wolfsburg rounded out the scoring in the 76th minute when Robin Knoche slotted the ball home to make sure the home supporters went home happy.
The win puts Wolfsburg in sixth place in the standings with 35 points
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Werder Bremen
Josh Sargent would prove to be the catalyst for Werder Bremen stealing a point in the German capital as Claudi Pizzaro's free-kick deep into stoppage ensured them of the tie with Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium.
Sargent came off the bench for Werder to play the last 15 minutes in the contest as they remain in touching distance for a Europa League spot.
However, it looked like it was not going to be their day as the capital team scored in the 25th minute when Davie Selke steered the ball home following a cross from teammate Salomon Kalou.
Hertha came close to doubling their lead before the halftime whistle when a free-kick from Ondrej Duda beat Werder goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka, but did not beat the crossbar as the ball came careening off it.
The host dominated large portions of the second half and had several chances to extend their lead, but just could not find the back of the net.
That left a chance for the visitors and they were gifted an excellent chance well into stoppage time when Sargent was brought down by Fabian Lustenberger. It allowed 40-year-old Peruvian Claudio Pizarro to fire in a free-kick that deflected off the wall and into the back of the net for the dramatic equalizer.
Werder Bremen sits in 10th place in the standings with 31 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, it was a frustrating day for Weston McKennie and Schalke as they Royal Blues shared the points after a scoreless 0-0 tie with Freiburg.
Alfredo Morales started for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they were blanked by Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-0 loss.
Fabian Johnson started for Borussia Monchengladbach as they saved a point in their 1-1 tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hannover as they were shutout by Hoffenheim in a 3-0 loss.
In the 2.Bundesliga, Julian Green started and put one past Holstein Kiel goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm as both teams played out a 2-2 tie.
Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen in their 1-1 tie with Darmstadt.
Joe Gyau started for Duisburg as they allowed a late goal to fall to promotion chasers Union Berlin in a 3-2 loss.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg in their 0-0 tie with Dynamo Dresden.
Down in the 3.Liga, Bryan Gaul started while McKinze Gaines watched from the bench as Zwickau came away with a 2-0 win over Carl Zeiss Jena.