Tyler Adams put in some work for a resurgent RB Leipzig in the second half before heading off for international duty as they came away with the shutout win over John Brooks and struggling Wolfsburg.
RB Leipzig 2-0 Wolfsburg
Two late goals ensured Leipzig walked away with all three points in their win over free-falling Wolfsburg at the Red Bull Arena.
Tyler Adams would come off the bench to play the final 35 minutes of the game, completing 83 percent of his passes and winning one duel. On the other end, John Brooks played the full 90, completing 81 percent of his passes and winning four duels.
It was a scoreless affair in the first half as Wolfsburg looked determined to score on their chances. However, Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci once again stepped up to make some crucial saves to prevent their opponents from taking the lead.
Entering the second half, the hosts started to push more in the attack. They thought they had broken the deadlock after Adams fired a shot from distance that was eventually put in by Willi Orban, but it was ruled due to an offside call.
This game could have headed towards a draw, but Leipzig finally made the breakthrough in the 76th minute when Orban finally goth his goal as he headed in the ball from a rebound off the frame.
Joko Gvardiol doubled their lead eight minutes later from a counter-attack. Nordi Mukiele played the ball to the Croatian international to slot home.
The win moves Leipzig up to sixth place in the standings with 31 points, just three away from the Champions League places. Wolfsburg put themselves deeper into the relegation dog fight with the loss as they now sit in 15th place with 21 points.
In other Bundesliga action, Ricardo Pepi played 57 minutes for Augsburg as they were thrashed by Bayer Leverkusen in a 5-1 defeat.
Timothy Chandler saw 74 minutes of action for Eintracht Frankfurt as they were blanked by Arminia Bielefeld in a 2-0 loss.
Chris Richards went the distance for Hoffenheim in a narrow 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
Joe Scally played the final three minutes and change for Borussia Monchengladbach as their struggles continued with a 2-1 loss to Union Berlin.
Timothy Tillman played 84 minutes while Julian Green was ruled out due to an injury as bottom-placed Greuther Furth claimed a 2-1 win over Mainz.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Ryan Malone played the full 90 for Hansa Rostock as they shared the points with Heidenheim in a 0-0 draw.
Nicolas Carrera took up his regular place on the bench for Holstein Kiel as they snatched a 2-1 win over Jahn Regensburg.
Jann George saw no action for Erzgebirge Aue as they were humiliated by Schalke in a 5-0 defeat.
Down in the 3. Liga, Lennard Maloney was the only American to see action as Borussia Dortmund II shared the spoils with Maximilian Dietz and Freiburg II.
Kevin Lankford came on to play the final 25 minutes while Andrew Wooten played a minute and change as Wehen Wiesbaden and Osnabruck played out a 0-0 draw.
Mael Corboz played 75 minutes as Verl was well beaten by Viktoria Cologne in a 5-2 defeat.
Johan Gomez played 56 minutes as Zwickau came away with a 3-1 win over Meppen.