KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Zack Steffen and Fortuna Dusseldorf could only must a point against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga while Julian Green's stoppage-time penalty helped Greuther Furth to a win in the second tier.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Wolfsburg
Goals in the first half would see Fortuna Dusseldorf and Wolfsburg share the spoils as their game ended in a tie at the
Zack Steffen started between the post for Dusseldorf while his teammate Alfredo Morales did not dress due to injury. John Brooks did not dress for Wolfsburg as he too was ruled out through injury.
Steffen was put under pressure just two minutes into the contest when Wolfsburg went on the attack. A cross from the right side found Josip Brekalo, but the American netminder reacted well as he got his foot on the ball to clear the danger.
The host went on to break the scoreless deadlock in the 16th minute when Niko Gießelmann pounced on a loose ball in the area following a cross from the right side and blasted his shot into the back of the net. However, it would turn out to be a controversial goal as replays showed the ball went out of bounds before the cross.
But the Wolves would bounce back to level the score before the half-hour mark when Wout Weghorst steered the ball past Steffen following a cross from Brekalo.
The visitors had a chance to take the lead before the halftime whistle when Weghorst took a chance from the edge of the area, but Steffen was able to make the save in the end.
The second half would be uneventful as both teams shared the points.
Fortuna Dusseldorf sits in 11th place in the standings with four points while Wolfsburg lies in fifth place with eight points.
Greuther Furth 2-1 Wehen Wiesbaden
Julian Green's stoppage-time penalty would be the decider as Greuther Furth continued their strong start to the 2. Bundesliga season with a win over Wehen Wiesbaden at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.
After scoreless first half, Wiesbaden would shock their host by breaking the deadlock within seconds of the restart. Manuel
Schafflergot his foot onto a cross from teammate Stefan Aigner to poke it past goalkeeper Sascha Burchert.
But the deficit did not deter Greuther Furth as they went on the hunt for the equalizer.
It took them some time, but the host found it in the 81st minute when Daniel Keita-Ruel was on the spot to guide the ball into the goal following a cross from Tobias Mohr.
Even with time winding down Furth still wanted another goal and were given the chance when referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after he judged that Moritz Kuhn brought down David Raum in the area. The Wiesbaden players argued that it was a shoulder challenge but the referee was not convinced.
It was then Green's turn to step for the penalty and despite the delay tactics from Wiesbaden, the American midfielder buried his shot with ease as he sent goalkeeper Lukas Watkowiak the wrong way.
Greuther Furth sits in fourth place in the 2. Bundesliga standings with 11 points.
In other action in the Bundesliga, Tim Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt as they fell to Augsburg in a narrow 2-1 loss.
Josh Sargent came off the bench for Werder Bremen as they went on to beat Bundesliga newboys Union Berlin in a 2-1 victory.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke as they gave a thumping to Paderborn in a 5-1 win.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg as they were on the wrong end of a thrilling 3-2 loss to Stuttgart.
Bobby Wood was a spectator on the bench for Hamburg as they went down to rivals St. Pauli in a 2-0 loss.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards started for Bayern Munich II while McKinze Gaines started for Sonnenhof Großaspach as both teams shared the points following a 2-2 tie.
Terrence Boyd started and bagged two goals as leaders Hallescher FC secured a 3-2 win over Ingolstadt.