KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf floundered their lead as they ended up sharing the spoils with Hertha Berlin in a thrilling game John Brooks and Wolfsburg fought back to earn a point.
Fortuna Dussledorf 3-3 Hertha Berlin
Fortuna Dusseldorf was in command from the start, but they could not hold on as they allowed three unanswered goals from Hertha Berlin to settle for a disappointing tie at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
Alfredo Morales came off the bench for the Rheinlander to play the final 15 minutes of the game as they try to make a push to move out of the relegation zone.
The host jumped out into the lead in just the sixth minute when Kevin Stoger's long-ball from the back found Kenan Karaman and the Turkish international slotted his shot under Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
Dusseldorf struck again three minutes later when a counter-attack saw Erik Thommy put in a brilliant curling shot from the left side of the area.
The first half was completely one-sided and Dusseldorf put their opponents in deeper hole when the scored a third in first-half stoppage time. Karaman was left totally unmarked in the center of the area to tap in a cross from teammate Matthias Zimmerman.
It should have been a comfortable three points for the team, but the second half would be a completely different story for them.
Hertha cut the deficit in the 64th minute thanks to some help from Thommy as he somehow put the ball in his own goal following a cross from Vladimir Darida.
From then on the visitors smelled blood in the water as they found themselves just a goal behind two minutes later when they launched a counter-attack of their own. Marius Wolf would pass the ball onto Matheus Cunha and the Brazilian forward's long-range shot went on to beat Dusseldorf goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier.
The comeback was complete in the 75th minute when Krzysztof Piatek converted the spot-kick after being brought down in the area by Kastenmeir.
It was a tale of two halves as Dusseldorf will want to forget about this game as soon as possible.
Dusseldorf remains in 16th place in the standings with 21 points, four points from safety.
Union Berlin 2-2 Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg clawed their way back to earn a point against Union Berlin at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei to leave them a point behind Schalke for a place in the Europa League.
John Brooks was in the starting line-up for the Wolves and went the distance.
And the American center-back came close to putting his name on the scoresheet 22 minutes into the contest when he challenged for the loose ball in the area from a corner kick. However, his headed attempt went wide of the mark.
The scoreless deadlock was then broken in the 41st minute when Sebastian Andersson headed in a free-kick from Christopher Trimmel to give them the lead.
Union extended their lead in the 56th minute, with Trimmel being the provider again as his free-kick was headed in again, this time by Marvin Friedrich.
Wolfsburg was in a hole, but they found a life-line in the 60th minute when Yannick Gerhardt broke through to head in Maximilian Arnold's corner kick.
The momentum had shifted in that bit of time and the visitor went on to find the equalizer with nine minutes left to play as Joao Victor labored to get his cross from the right side into the area, and Wout Weghorst finished it off as he headed it home to ensure his team stole a point.
Wolfsburg remains in seventh place in the standings with 35 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Giovanni Reyna came off the bench as Borussia Dortmund's first-half goal was enough to give them a 1-0 win over Freiburg.
Weston McKennie and Schalke were no match for FC Koln as they fell to the Billy Goats in a 3-0 defeat.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth secured a 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart, handing American head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo his first loss in the second tier since taking over the team at the end of 2019.
Jann George and Jahn Regensburg were on the wrong end of 2-1 loss to last place Dynamo Dresden.
Down in the 3. Liga Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II were able to hold to a 1-0 win over Unterhaching.
Terrence Boyd and Hallescher FC's free-fall down the standings continued as they fell to Sonnenhof Großaspach in a 1-0 loss.