KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 3, 2020
Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig surrendered their hold as Bundesliga leaders as they shared the points with Borussia Monchengladbach while Tim Chandler was the hero again for Eintracht Frankfurt.
RB Leipzig 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
RB Leipzig had to work their way back from a two-goal deficit to salvage a point against Borussia Monchengladbach at Red Bull Area.
Tyler Adams started for Leipzig, playing 69 minutes, while Fabian Johnson came off the bench for 'Gladbach to play the final minutes of stoppage time.
The host have been the team to run rampant on their opponents then season, but it would the Foals that gave them a sucker punch in the 24th minute when Alassane Plea finished off a team goal that displayed some excellent passing before the end product.
The visitors wer gifted the second goal in the 35th minute when Leipzig could not clear the ball from their own end as it ended up at the feet of Florian Neuhaus. The German midfielder then sent the ball to Jonas Hofmann to bury in the back of then net.
Leipzig needed to improve their performance in the second half, and they started to pick things up five minutes after the restart when Patrik Schick was on the spot to pounce on the fumbled ball from Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer to reduce the deficit.
The host then received a gift of their own in the 60th minute when the referee sent off Plea for his second yellow card.
"Gladbach was under pressure after going down a man, and Leipzig made them pay in the 89th minute as Christopher Nkunku teed up from distance grabbed the equalizer.
A good fight back for Leipzig, but they will certainly rue being unseated from their perh atop the Bundesliga standings.
RB Leipzig drops to second place in the standings with 41 points while Borussia Monchengladbach sits in fourth place with 39 points.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler's goal deep in stoppage time took the air right out of Fortuna Dusseldorf's wings as both teams shared the points on the day at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Both Chandler and Alfredo Morales started for their respective teams and played the entire 90 minutes while Zack Steffen remains out of the Dusseldorf line-up with a knee injury.
Dusseldorf entered this game with a change in coaches as Uwe Rosler was appointed the new man in change after the team fired Friedhelm Funkel as they dropped to the bottom of the Bundesliga standings. On the other side, Frankfurt entered the game brimming with confidence after last week's huge win over RB Leipzig.
The first half ended scoreless, but it was clear that the host were the strongest of the two sides as they had several good chances to open the scoring. However, they were unlucky on the occasion to find the back of the net.
Entering the second half, it looked like Dusseldorf had finally broken the deadlock after five minutes when Nana Ampomah steered the ball home following a cross from Valon Berisha. However, it was ruled out due to the slightest of offside calls.
The host would not be denied in the 78th minute when Kaan Ayhan's free-kick took a deflection off the Frankfurt wall, leaving their goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp, to quickly move back to his left to try to make the save. However, his reaction was too late.
It seemed that Dusseldorf was on their way to collecting three points, but Chandler would silence the supporters in the 93rd minute with a dramatic equalizer. Filip Kostic directed his free-kick to the right side of the area, where a wide open Andre Silva redirected the ball to the center. This allowed Chandler to meet the ball and head it into the goal.
There was a question as to whether there was an offside, but the video assistant referee ruled that the goal was good in the end.
Eintracht Frankfurt now sits in 11th place in the standings with 25 points while Fortuna Dusseldorf lies second from the bottom with 16 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Weston McKennie made his first start for Schalke since returning from a shoulder injury as they had to settle for the 0-0 tie with Jurgen Klinsmann and Hertha Berlin.
Giovanni Reyna made another appearance off the bench for Borussia Dortmund as they annihilated Union Berlin by a 5-0 scoreline.
Josh Sargent came off the bench for Werder Bremen as they troubles continued following a 2-1 loss to Augsburg.
John Brooks remained benched for Wolfsburg as they beat Paderborn in a 4-2 win to snap their three-game losing run.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Sebastian Soto came off the bench for Hannover as they could only muster up a point following a 2-2 tie with Wehen Wiesbaden.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg while Timothy Tillman could only watch from the bench as a Julian Green-less Greuther Furth came away with the 2-0 win.
Kevin Lankford was a spector on the bench for St. Pauli as they shared the spoils with VfB Stuttgart following a 1-1 tie.
Down in the 3. Liga, Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II made their first-half goal stick as they came away with a 1-0 win over Hansa Rostock.
Terrence Boyd and Hallescher FC have slipped in their pursuit of promotion as they fell to Viktoria Koln in a 4-3 loss.
David Wagner and Joe Enochs are not the only coaches gracing Germany's leagues this season. Pellegrino Matarazzo is now the man who will be looking to guide VfB Stuttgart back to the Bundesliga. The New Jersey-born coach took over the team at the end of last year.