RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Weston McKennie capped off his fantastic week with another goal for Schalke while Bobby Wood bagged two for Hannover in their win over VfB Stuttgart.
Schalke 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Weston McKennie scored the goal that set Schalke on their way as the team continued with its resurgence with a win over Alfredo Morales and Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
After stumbling out of the gate in their first five games of the season, the Royal Blues have turned things around as they look to catch up with their rivals at the top half of the standings.
It was a quiet first half, with both teams missing good chances to open the scoring, but the second half would show Schalke turning the game up another notch to finally break the deadlock.
And it would the young American midfielder that found the back of the net in the 47th minute steered the ball into the goal following a headed pass from teammate Suat Serdar. It was his very first Bundesliga goal and second in the week as he scored their game winner in the midweek Champions League game against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco took a gamble to move McKennie further up the field and it has so far paid off big time for the team.
Guido Burgstaller doubled the visitor's lead six minutes later when he pounced on the loose ball saved by Dusseldorf goalkeeper Michael Rensing after a long-range strike from Nabil Bentaleb.
Dusseldorf were in a hole and desperate to cut the deficit. The closest they came was through Morales who took a wicked shot in the area, but it was parried over the bar by Ralf Fahrmann.
A good week for Schalke as the league heads into the international break.
Schalke now sits in 15th place with six points while Dusseldorf lies in 17th with five points.
Hannover 3-1 Vfb Stuttgart
Bobby Wood would also be the other American on target in the Bundesliga over the weekend as he bagged two goals to help Hannover to a big win over Stuttgart at the HDI Arena.
Both teams entered the game struggling down at the lower half of the standings, and a win for either one could bring a confidence boost entering the break.
The host got off the mark at the half-hour mark when Wood headed in his first goal of the season off a cross from teammate Miiko Albornoz. It took some time for the American forward to get into the team after moving on loan from Hamburg, but he made his mark with the goal.
And Wood was not done as he added a second before the halftime whistle, with Albornoz again providing the cross that allowed him to head in another goal past Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron Zieler.
Hannover were in the driver's seat, but the visitors would cut the deficit in the 50th minute as Mario Gomez found the back of the net after taking a pass from Erik Thommy.
However, Hannover put the game to bed in the first minute of stoppage time when Ihlas Bebou burried the ball in the back of the net to ensure all three points remained at home.
The win leaves Hannover in 16th place in the standings with five points.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks started for Wolfsburg as they were shutout by Werder Bremen in a 2-0 loss.
Christian Pulisic sat out for Borussia Dortmund due to a calf injury, but they provided the most exciting game of the weekend as they came back to claim a 4-3 win over Augsburg.
Down in the 2.Bundesliga, Julian Green and Jann George started for their respective teams as Greuther Furth and Jahn Regensburg shared the points after a 1-1 tie.
Kenneth Kronholm started between the sticks for Holstein Kiel in their 2-1 loss to Erzgebirge Aue.
Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen in their 3-1 loss to St. Pauli.
Joe Gyau started for Duisburg as they claimed a 2-1 win over league leaders FC Koln.
Terrence Boyd watched from the bench as Darmstadt fell to Hamburg in a 2-1 loss.