KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 29, 2020
Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen gave themselves a lifeline for survival in their big win over FC Koln while Malik Tillman remained on fire for Bayern Munich II in their win.
Werder Bremen 6-1 FC Koln
With outright relegation on the cards, Werder Bremen unleashed everything they had in the final Bundesliga game of the season to come away with a huge win over FC Koln to book themselves in the promotion-relegation playoff.
Josh Sargent would play the entire second half for Bremen and contribute in the win that should give them a massive boost of confidence as they look to guarantee their Bundesliga status for next season.
The goal glut started in the 22nd minute when Yuya Osako collected a pass from Maximilian Eggestein and buried the ball in the top corner of the goal to get the ball rolling for the host.
Milot Rashica followed that up five minutes later as he toyed with his defender before firing a low shot at goal that Koln goalkeeper Timo Horn should have stopped.
The momentum continued rolling in Bremen's favor as they added a third goal within two minutes. Marco Friedl's cross from the left found Niclas Fullkrug in the area and the German forward steered the ball home.
There was no stopping the host as they kept the goals flowing in the second half.
Davy Klaassen got his name on the scoresheet 10 minutes after the restart when he followed up on a shot from Rashica that crashed off the frame of the goal to tap in.
Osako scored his second goal of the day in the 58th minute when Koln's backline was left ball watching as Theodor Gebre Selassie sent a low cross into the area for the Japanese international to blast home.
Dominick Drexler pulled a goal back for Koln in the 62nd minute, but the damage was already done.
Sargent put the icing on the cake for Bremen in the 68th minute as headed a long pass from the back into the path of Rashica. The young American then made a run towards the area to collect a pass from the Bosnian international, who was in a prone position, to chip his shot over Horn.
An emphatic victory for Bremen as they needed this type of performance to get themselves in the playoff.
Up next for the team is a two-leg playoff against 2. Bundesliga team Heidenheim.
Carl Zeiss Jena 1-2 Bayern Munich II
Malik Tillman bagged both goals for Bayern Munich II as they came away with the narrow win over relegated Carl Zeiss Jena at the Ernst Abbe Sportfeld.
Both Tillman and Chris Richards would start for the reserves as they took another step to win the 3. Liga title.
The German-American forward made his presence known eight minutes into the contest when he collected a pass from teammate Timo Kern to fire into the back of the net.
The host would level the score in the 32nd minute when Bayern failed to clear the ball from their area, allowing Maximilian Rohr to bury a curling shot from the edge of the area into the goal.
The game would remain deadlocked entering the second half, but that all changed in the 68th minute when Tillman scored his second on the day. Okyere Wriedt and Kern would attack Jena's defense on the left-wing, leading the Ghanaian to send a low cross into the six-yard box for the 18-year-old to tap in.
Another strong performance from Bayern Munich II, and with only two games left in the season, they could be hard to beat in this kind of form.
Bayern Munich II remains atop of the standings with 64 points.
In other action from the last round of games in the Bundesliga, Tyler Adams started and played 87 minutes as RB Leipzig came away with the 2-1 win over Augsburg to finish the season in third place.
Weston McKennie will be glad the season is over for Schalke as they were throttled by Freiburg in a 4-0 defeat to end up in 12th place.
Giovanni Reyna started his second game for Borussia Dortmund and played 65 minutes in their 4-0 setback to Hoffenheim.
John Brooks played 74 minutes while Ulysses Llanez watched on from the bench as Wolfsburg was no match for champions Bayern Munich in their 4-0 loss. However, the Wolves finished the season in seventh place to earn a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.
Alfredo Morales came off the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf in their 3-0 loss to Union Berlin, thus relegating them to the 2. Bundesliga.
Timothy Chandler was a spectator on the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt squeezed past Paderborn with a 3-2 win to end up in ninth place.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green started and played 59 minutes while Timothy Tillman came on for the final 15 minutes of the game as Greuther Furth ended their season with a 2-1 loss to Karlsruher.
Kevin Lankford came on to play 30 minutes for St. Pauli in their 5-3 loss to Wehen Wiesbaden.
Down in the 3. Liga, McKinze Gaines scored the only goal of the game as relegation-bound Sonnenhof Grossaspach earned the 1-0 win over Magdeburg.
Terrence Boyd played 90 minutes for Hallescher FC as they shared the points with Duisburg following a 2-2 tie.
Lennart Maloney made his return to the bench for Chemnitzer after his one-game suspension to witness their 1-1 tie with Uerdingen.