German Recap: Giovanni Reyna Returns, Again, as Borussia Dortmund Secures Win

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Giovanni Reyna returned for Borussia Dortmund after not being on the teamsheet last week, while Joe Scally and Borussia Monchengladbach suffered their first loss of the season to Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim

Borussia Dortmund’s first-half strike proved to be the game-winner as they grounded out a win over Hoffenheim at Signal Iduna Park.

Giovanni Reyna returned to the team and came on in the 83rd minute as the team made up for their total collapse in their last home game, a 3-2 defeat to Werder Bremen.

The hosts were on the attack from the start and opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Julian Brandt’s pass found Marco Reus and the captain steered the ball home from close range.

Dortmund looked very good in the first interval, but could not capitalize any further with the chances they had on Hoffenheim’s goal.

It was more of the same in the second half as both sides could not find the back of the net with the few chances they had.

The win Borussia Dortmund in second place in the standings on 12 points.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 Mainz

A red card did Borussia Monchengladbach in as Mainz took advantage with a goal to steal all three points at Borussia Park

Joe Scally played 82 minutes for the Foals, completing 65 percent of his passes and winning two duels.

The hosts had an excellent chance to open the scoring 10 mintes before when they went on the counter-attack. Marcus Thuram passed the ball into the path of teammate Florian Neuhaus, but Mainz’s Dominik Kohr sprinted back to deny the opportunity.

‘Gladbach would find themselves a man down in the 53rd minute when the referee show the red card to Ko Itakura for bringing down Karim Onisiwo. That led Mainz to finally breaking the scoreless deadlock two minutes later when Aaron Martin’s free-kick hit the back of the net.

That goal left the hosts stunned and there was no way for them to get back into the game

The loss drops Monchengladbach to ninth place in the standings with eight points.


In other Bundesliga action, Kevin Paredes got a longer run out for Wolfsburg as he came on to play 29 minutes in their 4-2 loss to FC Cologne.

Timothy Chandler came on to play the final four minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt as they came away with a 4-0 win over RB Leipzig.

Jordan Pefok was a mystery omission from Union Berlin’s line-up as they played out a 1-1 draw with champions Bayern Munich.

In 2. Bundesliga, Lennard Maloney played 76 minutes for Heidenheim as they recorded a 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Timothy Tillman went the distance while Julian Green remained on the bench as Greuther Furth was held to a 2-2 draw by St. Pauli.

Terrence Boyd played 81 minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 0-0 draw with Sandhausen.

Ryan Malone played 90 minutes for Hansa Rostock as they were beaten by Hannover in a 1-0 defeat.

Down in the 3. Liga, Isaiah Young played 70 minutes as Rot-Weiss Essen came away with a 2-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue.

Mael Corboz and Verl had no answers as they were thrashed by Hallescher FC in a 5-1 loss.

Jalen Hawkins played the entire second half while Justin Butler played the last 10 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 1-0 loss to Freiburg II.

Both Kevin Lankford and Johan Gomez started for their respective teams as Viktoria Koln and Zwickau played out a 0-0 draw.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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