RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
John Brooks and Wolfsburg cruised to a comfortable win over Freiburg while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach easily handled Hertha Berlin.
VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 Freiburg
Two goals from Yunus Malli and a tally from Yannick Gerhardt helped Wolfsburg to all three points over Freiburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
Brooks, who played for the United States in their tie against Portugal during the international break, once again made his way into the starting lineup for the host while Caleb Stanko watched all of the action from the bench for Freiburg.
Wolfsburg opened the scoring early in the third minute when Gerhardt ran onto a cross from teammate Daniel Didavi and watched the ball take a deflection as it trickled across the goal line.
Malli doubled the host's lead in the 29th minute when a counter-attack launched by Mario Gomez saw him pass the ball to Didavi and the German international would then find the Turkish forward, who comfortably put his shot past goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.
Freiburg would cut the deficit in half in the 68th minute when Janik Haberer's pass from midfield found Bartosz Kapustka, and he ran into the area to fire a shot past Koen Casteels.
However, Wolfsburg would restore their two-goal lead and settle the game in the 70th minute as Malli one-timed his shot into the goal after a low cross from Gerhardt.
Wolfsburg currently sits in 13th place in the standings with 14 points while Freiburg is in 17th with eight points.
Hertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach moved up to fourth in the standings after a thrilling win over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium.
Johnson started on the left side of the midfield in 'Gladbach's win.
The visitors made their presence felt with the first 20 minutes of the contest and did not look back as it was a dominating performance.
Lars Stindl scored the game's first in the fifth minute when Denis Zakaria's pass took a deflection into the path of the German forward, whose shot could not be stopped by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Thorgan Hazard doubled the Foals' lead nine minutes later from the penalty spot after a review from the video assistant referee confirmed there was a handball in the area.
Raffael made 3-0 when he unleashed a long-range shot that put the game out of reach for the capital team.
Vedad Ibisevic got one back for Hertha in the 28th minute when he got his foot onto a pass from teammate Mitchell Weiser.
Weiser would then bag a goal himself in the 71st minute after Salomon Kalou chested the ball down in his path to allow him to fire in his shot past goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
However, 'Gladbach added their fourth goal in the 77th minute when Raffaell took a pass from Patrick Herrmann and the Brazilian steered his shot past Jarstein.
The win sees the team overtake Borussia Dortmund for one of the Champions League places.
Schalke 2-0 Hamburg
Hamburg's struggles continued as Schalke fly high in the top half of the Bundesliga standings with their win at the Veltins Arena.
Weston McKennie, who made his debut for the United States national team and scored in their game against Portugal, took up his spot in the midfield for Schalke. Meanwhile, Bobby Wood, who has been in a serious slump, came off the bench for Hamburg.
The host would open the scoring in the 17th minute when Franco Di Santo struck from the penalty spot after the referee judge that Hamburg midfielder Gideon Jung had brought down Evgeni Konoplyanka in the area.
Hamburg pushed for the equalizer and dominated most of the second half.
McKennie came close to scoring his first senior goal for Schalke as they looked to extend their lead, but his shot was deflected by Kyriakos Papadopoulos and went wide of the goal.
However, they did get that insurance goal in the 77th minute when Guido Burgstaller was left wide open in the area to take a pass from Konoplyanka and put his shot past Hamburg goalkeeper Christian Mathenia.
The win puts Schalke in second place in the standings with 23 points while Hamburg sits 15th with 10 points.
Christian Pulisic sat out with a leg injury as Borussia Dortmund's slump continued with a 2-1 loss to Stuttgart.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Alfredo Morales started and scored the only goal of the game in Ingolstadt's 1-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Terrence Boyd started for Darmstadt while Haji Wright watched from the bench for Sandhausen as the latter earned the 2-1 win.
Jann George came off the bench for Jahn Regensburg in their 2-2 tie with St. Pauli.
Julian Green returned from injury but watched all of the action from the bench as Greuther Furth shared the points with Bochum in a 1-1 tie.
Down in the 3. Liga, Joe Gyau started for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 1-0 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt.
Robert Kristo came off the bench for Osnabruck in their 4-1 win over Aalen.
Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II in their 2-1 loss to Carl Zeiss Jena.