KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 25, 2019
John Brooks and Wolfsburg earned the shutout win over Eintracht Frankfurt despite being down a man as the race for the Bundesliga top spot remains tight.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg
Goals from Wout Weghorst and Joao Victor helped to ease the pressure from Marcel Tisserand's sending off as Wolfsburg came away with the shutout win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.
John Brooks started for Wolfsburg and played the entire 90 minutes while Tim Chandler had to settle for a place on the bench for Frankfurt.
With no clear leader at the top half of the Bundesliga standings, it gave Wolfsburg an opportunity to get themselves back into the title picture, and they made sure that it would happen in this game.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Weghorst made contact with the ball to send a glancing header past Frankfurt goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald. Maximilian Arnold had attempted a shot from distance, but the Dutchman would be in the path to deflect the ball into the back of the net.
Frankfurt was struggling in the first half but received a lifeline from the referee before halftime when he sent Tisserand for an early show with his second yellow card in the game. It was determined that the defender's challenge for the ball in the air with Goncalo Paciencia was dangerous.
Now down to 10-men, Wolfsburg had to concern themselves with maintaining themselves in the back to prevent the host from getting back in the game.
But there much to worry about as Frankfurt gifted their opponents an insurance goal in the 65th minute when Wiedwald passed the ball into the path of Joao Victor, allowing the Brazilian to slot the ball into the goal.
Despite the loss of a player, everything seemed to go the way of the Wolves on the day as they claimed all three points in the end.
The win moves Wolfsburg up to seventh place in the standings with 20 points, just five points from the summit.
In other action from the Bundesliga, Zack Steffen, Alfredo Morales, and Fortuna Dusseldorf took a hammering from Bayern Munich in their 4-0 loss.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke while Josh Sargent watched from the bench for Werder Bremen as the Royal Blues came away with the 2-1 win to move them up to fifth place in the standings and three points from the top spot.
Khiry Shelton watched from the bench as Paderborn nearly came away with a shock win, but ended up sharing the points with Borussia Dortmund following a thrilling 3-3 tie.
Fabian Johnson returned to the Borussia Monchengladbach bench after a long injury layoff but didn't see any action as the Bundesliga leaders fell to newbies Union Berlin in a 2-0 loss.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Bobby Wood started his first game for Hamburg as a stoppage-time goal saw them come away with a 2-1 win over Dynamo Dresden.
Jann George came off the bench to score a goal in Jahn Regensburg's 3-1 win over Heidenheim.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for St. Pauli, but it made no difference as they fell to Erzgebirge Aue in a 3-1 defeat.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II conceded a second-half goal to see them share the points with cross-town rivals 1860 Munich following a 1-1 tie.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench to score a goal as Hallescher FC blanked Carl Zeiss Jena in a 3-0 victory.
McKinze Gaines came off the bench for Sonnenhof Grossaspach in their 2-1 loss to Meppen.