DAVID SMITH - Monday, January 25, 2021
Josh Sargent put away a screamer in Werder Bremen's comfortable win while Tyler Adams scored his first goal of the season for RB Leipzig in a disappointing loss in the weekend's Bundesliga games.
Hertha Berlin 1-4 Werder Bremen
Werder Bremen scored early in the first half and went on a surge in the second to come away with the win over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium.
Josh Sargent had a spot on the bench but would come in after a half hour to contribute to the Green-Whites' victory.
The visitors put themselves in front after 10 minutes when Davie Selke converted his spot-kick. They would double their lead 20 minutes later through Omer Toprak as the Turkish international headed in a corner kick from Leonardo Bittencourt.
The capital team would pull one back in first-half stoppage time when Jhon Cordoba powered in Peter Pekarik's cross from the right side with his head.
Hertha should have had the momentum entering the second half, but Werder restored their two-goal lead in the 57th minute through a splendid play by Bittencourt as he remained onside to delicately bring down a lobbed pass from Maximilian Eggestein in the area and turn to put his right-footed shot into the goal.
It was then Sargent's time to step and put the game to bed in the 77th minute. Intercepting a headed pass from Hertha's Niklas Stark, young American would turn on Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi to give himself enough space to fire a powerful, long-range shot that left goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow scratching his head as it flew past him and rattle the back of the net.
A good performance by the forward and hopefully he can build on it as Werder looks to pull themselves further away from the relegation zone.
Mainz 3-2 RB Leipzig
Leipzig had no problems scoring the goals, but their defending on set pieces left something to be desired as they gave away three points to relegation-threatened Mainz at the Opel Arena.
Tyler Adams would put in a 77-minute shift for the Dei Rotten Bullen have now fallen seven points behind Bayern Munich in the race for the Bundesliga title.
The visitors started positively as they opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Marcel Sabitzer's strike from outside the area rattled the crossbar, but the ball would fall into the path of the American midfielder as he pounced on the rebound to slot it home.
Moussa Niakhate leveled the score for Mainz 10 minutes later as the visitors made their first error on a set-piece play. Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi would save the initial attempt, but none of his teammates were too slow to stop the Frenchman from burying the loose ball home.
Marcel Halstenberg restored Leipzig's lead on the half-hour mark with a strike from point-blank range.
However, another failure to defend a set-piece saw them allow the host to level the score again five minutes later. Danny Latza's corner kick would find Stefan Bell in the crowded box and he would head the ball into the path of Niakhate to tap in.
Mainz would find the game-winner in the 50th minute as Leandro Barreiro would somehow get in front of Gulacsi to get his foot on a low cross from Danny da Costa to steer the ball home from an impossible angle.
A disappointing result for Leipzig as they looked to put the pressure on the Bavarians.
In other action from the Bundesliga, Giovanni Reyna came off the bench to play the final 19 minutes as struggling Borussia Dortmund went down in a 4-2 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.
John Brooks put in a solid performance for Wolfsburg as they came away with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen to move them into fourth place in the standings.
Matthew Hoppe could not show off his magic during his 72-minute shift for Schalke as they were thrashed by league leaders Bayern Munich by 4-0 scoreline.
Timothy Chandler watched on as Eintracht Frankfurt powered their way to a 5-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld.
Julian Ryerson did not get up from his seat on the bench as Union Berlin fell to Augsburg in a 2-1 defeat.
Over to the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green scored a goal in his 71 minutes for Greuther Furth while Alfredo Morales played the full 90 for Fortuna Dusseldorf as both promotion-chasing teams settled for a point each in their thrilling 3-3 tie.
Leon Flach played the final 15 minutes for St. Pauli while Jann George went the distance for Jahn Regensburg as the Pirates took all three points in their 2-0 win.
Bobby Wood watched all the action from the bench as leaders Hamburg came from behind to secure a 4-2 win over Eintracht Braunschweig.
Down in the 3. Liga, Terrence Boyd scored the game-winner deep into stoppage for Hallescher FC as they bagged a 1-0 win over Magdeburg.
Chris Richards and Bayern Munich II could not find a way past Turkgucu Munich and had to settle for a point in their 0-0 tie.
Maurice Malone started for Wehen Wiesbaden while Mael Corboz played 86 minutes for Verl as both teams played out a 2-2 tie.