KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The season got underway in Germany's lower leagues over the weekend, but Julian Green and Jann George would be the only ones to see action among the American corps.
Greuther Furth 0-2 Erzgebirge Aue
Greuther Furth sputtered out of the gate to open their 2. Bundesliga campaign as goals in both halves saw them fall to Erzgebirge Aue at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.
Julian Green started and played the entire 90 minutes for the Cloverleaves.
The host would find themselves in for a long day when Aue broke the scoreless deadlock in the 25th minute. Florian Kruger low cross into the are found teammate Dima Nazarov wide open, and the Azerbaijan international one-timed his shot past goalkeeper Sascha Buchert.
Greuther Furth had a chance to level the score minutes later when their French forward, Daniel Keita-Ruel was gifted a chance from point-blank range but his shot would cleared from the goal line by the Aue defenders. He had another chance later, but it would be blocked by goalkeeper Martin Mannel.
It was just not the host's day, and Aue made them pay for it as they doubled their lead before the end of regulation when Jan Hochscheidt pounced on the loose ball and burried it in the back of the net to seal the win for the visitors.
The loss leaves Greuther Furth at the bottom of the standings after the first round of league play.
Jahn Regensburg 3-1 Bochum
Jahn Regensburg started the season off on the right foot as their relentless attack saw them come away with all three points in their win over Bochum at the Continental Arena.
Jann George came off the bench for Regensburg to play the final 13 minutes of the game.
The host opened the scoring just before halftime when Benedikt Saller gathered a pass from Sebastian Stolze to fire his shot past Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann.
Regensburg kept the momentum going in the second half as they doubled their lead within five minutes through Stolze as he ran onto a low cross from Oliver Hein.
Bochum cut the deficit in the 75th minute when the video assistant referee judged that there was a handball in the area. Danny Blum stepped up and coverted the penalty to give the visitors some hope.
However, Regensburg restored their two-goal lead when Tom Baack was left wide open to put away a pass from Andreas Albers.
Regensburg sits in second place after the first round.
Elsewhere in 2. Bundesliga action, Bobby Wood watched from the bench as Hamburg could only muster a 1-1 tie with Darmstadt.