KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 25, 2020
Weston McKennie and Schalke's slump continued while Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf blew a chance to take all three points in their game against FC Koln.
Schalke 0-3 Augsburg
Schalke's hopes of qualifying for the Europa League took another dent as they could not find a spark in their loss to Augsburg at the Veltins Arena.
Weston McKennie started the game for the Royal Blues and went on to play 74 minutes as the team put on another poor display.
The host found themselves down a goal just six minutes into the contest when Eduard Lowen's free-kick beat Schalke goalkeeper Marcus Schubert. Although the team did push for the equalizer, it would be the visitors that headed into halftime with the lead.
Schalke entered the second half again trying to push for goals, but the ball did not bounce their way at all, allowing for Augsburg to find more chances to put the game away for good.
And the Bavarian side would do so in the 76th minute when some porous defending saw Noah Sarenren-Bazee take possession of the ball and curl his effort around Schubert.
Sergio Cordova rounded out the scoring for Augsburg in stoppage time as he easily took the ball off Schalke substitute Munir Mercan, rounded Schubert, and comfortably slotted the ball home.
The loss drops Schalke to eighth place in the standings with 37 points.
Koln 2-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Fortuna Dusseldorf surrendered two goals late in the game to only come away with a point against FC Koln at the Rhein Energie Stadion.
Alfredo Morales started his first game since Feb. 15 and went the distance as the team continues to collect as many points as possible to remove themselves from the relegation zone.
As with other derbies, the Rhein Derby was missing the added factor of the fans. However, it did not disappoint in the slightest with the way it would end in dramatic fashion.
After a scoreless 40 minutes, Dusseldorf would take the lead with a strike from Kenan Karaman. A poor pass from Koln left-back Noah Katterbach allowed Steven Skrzybski to make the interception and pass the ball on to Karaman, whose shot took a deflection before ending up in the back of the net.
Despite being a goal down, Koln was given a lifeline after 10 minutes of play in the second half when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. However, Marc Uth could not capitalize as his spot-kick was well saved by Florian Kastenmeier.
At the other end, the visitors doubled their lead on the hour mark when Skrzybski teed up Erik Thommy to put away the goal.
It should have been smooth sailing for Dusseldorf after that second goal, but they found themselves struggling to hold the lead late in the game.
Anthony Modeste gave Koln a glimmer of hope in the 87th minute when he headed in a cross from teammate Dominick Drexler.
The host put all their chips on the table as the game entered stoppage time, and the gamble paid off when Jhon Cordoba headed in the equalizer to ensure that his team would salvage a point in the end.
A disappointing result for Dusseldorf as they still have their work cut out for them in their survival campaign.
Dusseldorf remains in 16th place in the standings with 24 points.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks started for Wolfsburg and did well to shut down Erling Haaland while Giovanni Reyna saw 10 minutes of action as Borussia Dortmund came away with the 2-0 win.
Josh Sargent started and played 63 minutes as Werder Bremen came away with a 1-0 win over Freiburg as they push to move away from the relegation trap door.
Timothy Chandler played the entire second half for Eintracht Frankfurt as their losing streak has now been extended to five games following their 5-2 defeat to leaders Bayern Munich.
Tyler Adams played the final 30 minutes for RB Leipzig as they came away with a comfortable 5-0 win over Mainz.