KENYA BROWN - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Timothy Chandler's goal helped Eintracht Frankfurt to salvage a point while Weston McKennie's goal was not enough as Schalke's slump continued in a loss to Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Freiburg
Timothy Chandler came to the rescue for Eintracht Frankfurt as he came off the bench to score the equalizer to salvage a point against Freiburg at the Commerzbank Arena.
The right-back came on to play the final nine minutes of the contest look to collect all the points they can to avoid the relegation zone.
The host would find themselves down a goal in the 28th minute when Vincenzo Grifo shot took a deflection as it dipped over the outstretched hand of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
But Frankfurt leveled the score seven minutes later when Daichi Kamada's attempt at goal was stopped by Alexander Schwolow. The shot was too powerful to handle though at the ball was left for anyone to pounce on. Luckily, Andre Silva was in the right spot to head the rebound home.
Freiburg, who are challenging for a Europa League spot, took control of the game in the second half and retook the lead in the 67th minute. Christian Gunter's free-kick would find Nils Petersen in the area and the Swede sent a powerful header towards goal, leaving Trapp rooted to his spot.
The visitors extended their lead two minutes later when Lucas Holer put another away.
The game should have been done and dusted at that point, but Frankfurt had other ideas as they produced a splendid rally.
Kamada cut the deficit in the 79th minute when he battled for the ball in the area with Freiburg defender Robin Koch. The German was put under intense pressure and the Japanese international took the ball off him before slotting it home.
Then it was time for the heroics of Chandler as the American scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. A long cross from the left side by Filip Kostic found Chandler at the far post and he was able to muscle off his marker before getting a foot on the ball to steer it into the goal.
In the end, it was a fair result for both teams.
Eintracht Frankfurt sits in 14th place in the standings with 29 points.
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Schalke
Schalke extended their winless run to 10 games as Fortuna Dusseldorf gave a boost to their survival hopes with a come-from-behind win to take all three points at the Merkur Spiel Arena.
Weston McKennie started for the Royal Blues and went the distance while Alfredo Morales, who started last weekend for Dusseldorf, came off the bench to play the final nine minutes.
Schalke showed once again how anemic they are in the attack as they failed to score a goal in the past two games since the restart of the Bundesliga. Jonjoe Kenny showed just how much the team was off target when he was left with an excellent opportunity to open the scoring just seconds into the second half, but his attempt veered wide of the goal.
However, the visitors would be celebrating eight minutes later when McKennie ran on to a free-kick from teammate Bastian Oczipka, and his diving header beat Dusseldorf goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier to give them the lead.
That should have given the team more confidence to push for more, but that changed 10 minutes later when Dusseldorf scored the equalizer. Kevin Stoger's free-kick was too much to handle for Schalke goalkeeper Marcus Schubert and Rouwen Hennings would come along to head home the loose ball.
The host took the lead for good in the 68th minute as Schalke's porous defense left Kenan Karaman wide open to head in the ball from close range.
Another disappointing setback for Schalke as their hopes of claiming a spot for next season's Europa League continues to fade. On the other end, an important win for Dusseldorf as they are now nipping on the heels of several teams ahead of them in the battle to avoid relegation.
Schalke sits in ninth place in the standings with 37 points while Dusseldorf remains in 16th place with 27 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Tyler Adams went the distance as RB Leipzig allowed a late penalty that led them to share the points with Hertha Berlin following a 2-2 tie.
John Brooks started while Ulysses Llanez appeared on the bench for the first time for Wolfsburg as they solidified their hold on the Europa League spot with a 4-1 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.
Josh Sargent played 74 minutes as Werder Bremen played out a 0-0 tie with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Giovanni Reyna came on to play the final 18 minutes for Borussia Dortmund as their pursuit of the Bundesliga title took a serious bump as they fell to Bayern Munich in a 1-0 defeat. BVB now sits seven points behind the league leaders.
Down in the 2. Bundesliga, Timothy Tillman started while Julian Green replaced him in the second half as Greuther Furth's chances for a promotion spot took a hit in their 2-0 loss to Osnabruck.
Jann George was a spectator on the bench as Jahn Regensburg allowed a very late stoppage-time goal in their 2-2 tie with Nurnberg.