KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 7, 2019
Josh Sargent was the only American to see some significant action in the Bundesliga as Werder Bremen needed a stoppage-time penalty to steal a point at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Werder Bremen
Milot Rashica's stoppage-time penalty ensured Werder Bremen shared the points with Eintracht Frankfurt as both teams played out the tie at the Commerzbank Arena.
Josh Sargent would start for Bremen and play 72 minutes while Tim Chandler watched all of the action from the bench for Frankfurt.
The visitors started the game as the aggressors and nearly scored the opener just seven minutes in when Maximilian Eggestein put his shot on target, but it came crashing off the post.
However, Bremen would be rewarded in the 27th minute as their persistence eventually led to the opening goal. Leonardo Bittencourt released Sargent with a through-ball and the American forward took a chance at goal that was saved by Frankfurt goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow. Bittencourt then pounced on the rebound to take his chance only to see it hit the bar. The scramble for the loose ball then found Davy Klaassen who finally put it away.
The half-time lead should have been a building block for Bremen, but they would allow their opponents to stay in the game, and they paid for it after the restart.
Sebastian Rode leveled the score in the 55th minute when slammed home a spectacular volley from the edge of the area.
The equalizing goal gave the host the momentum to find a second goal and they did so in the 88th minute when Almamy Toure's cross from the right side found Goncalo Paciencia in the area. The Portuguese forward's headed effort was well saved by Bremen goalkeeper Jii Pavlenka, but Andre Silva was in the right spot to put away the rebound.
It should have been enough for Frankfurt to take all three points, but the referee immediately pointed to the spot for a penalty after the restart as he judged that Klaassen was brought down in the area by Makoto Hasebe. This gave Rashica the chance to level the score and he did not hesitate as his spot kick hit the back of the net to silence the Frankfurt supporters.
Werder Bremen sits in 11th place in the standings with eight points while Eintracht Frankfurt lies in ninth with 11 points.
In other action from the Bundesliga, Zack Steffen started while Alfredo Morales came off the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf as they could not hold on to their lead in a 3-1 loss to Hertha Berlin.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke as they could only muster a 1-1 tie with FC Koln.
Khiry Shelton came off the bench for Paderborn as they went down to Mainz in a 2-1 loss.
In 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started for Greuther Furth while Bobby Wood watched from the bench for Hamburg as the latter came away with a 2-0 win.
Sebastian Soto watched from the bench as Hannover secured a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Down in the 3. Liga, Terrence Boyd started for Hallescher FC as they shared the points with Zwickau following a 1-1 tie.
Chris Richards started for Bayern Munich II as they beat Eintracht Braunschweig by a 2-0 scoreline.
McKinze Gaines came off the bench for Sonnenhof Grossaspach as they suffered a heavy 5-1 loss to Ingolstadt.