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German Recap: Paredes Scores First Goal for Wolfsburg, Rough Debut for Brooks at Hoffenheim

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Kevin Paredes scored his first Bundesliga goal in a loss to Wolfsburg, while John Brooks had a difficult debut for Hoffenheim as they were drubbed by Joe Scally and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt as they could not find a way around Werder Bremen in their loss at the Weser Stadion.

Kevin Paredes would play only eight minutes for the Wolves, completing 38 percent of his passes, winning two duels, and making one tackle along with a single shot on goal.

The hosts got on the scoreboard in the 24th minute after the video assistant referee confirmed there was a handball in the box. Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt was the guilty party. Niclas Fullkrug stepped up to convert the spot-kick for Bremen.

Wolfsburg, who scored 11 total goals in their previous two games since the restart of the Bundesliga, was left frustrated on the day as they could not get things going.

That would show once again as Bremen doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Fullkrug slammed home Mitchell Weiser.

Bremen thought they were on their way to a comfortable win, but Parades made things interesting in the 90th minute when he scored his first Bundesliga goal. A strike from the edge of the area went through a crowd of players slipping past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.

The loss leaves Wolfsburg in seventh place in the standings with 29 points.

Hoffenheim 1-4 Borussia Monchengladbach

Hoffenheim’s winless run has been extended to seven games following a drubbing by Borussia Monchengladbach at the PreZero Arena.

John Brooks, who turned 30 years on the day of the game, had a rough debut for the Blues, completing 78 percent of his passes, winning nine duels, and making three tackles in his 90 minutes of work. Justin Che had a spot on the bench and saw no action. On the other side, Joe Scally played 89 minutes for ‘Gladbach, completing 80 percent of his passes and winning two duels.

The visitors jumped out to the lead after 11 minutes when Jonas Hofmann received a pass from Lars Stindl over the top before slamming his shot past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. The German midfielder scored his second of the day in the 37th minute when he was able to pounce on the loose ball in the box to give his team some daylight.

The hosts gave themselves a lifeline in the 80th minute when Ilhas Bebou came off the bench to tap in a shot from close range.

However, the Foals responded three minutes later with Stindl this time receiving service from Hofmann with some help also coming from Scally to restore their two-goal lead. Hannes Wolf added a fourth in stoppage time to ensure they came away with a very comfortable win.

Hoffenheim remains in 13th place in the standings with 19 points, while Borussia Monchengladbach moves up to eighth with 25 points.

Hannover 1-3 Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern has kept themselves among the pack challenging for the promotion spots as they came from behind to defeat Hannover at the Heinze von Heiden Arena.

Terrence Boyd went the distance for the Red Devils, completing 65 percent of his passes and winning seven duels along with two shots.

The visitors found themselves behind when Hannover scored the opener in the 17th minute. Derrick Kohn fired his shot from a very difficult angle, but Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Andreas Luthe let the ball slip under him as it crossed over the line.

The visitors got themselves back in the game just minutes into the second half when Julian Niehues was on the spot to head in a pass from Boris Tomiak following a corner kick.

Boyd put them in the lead for good in the 66th minute with a brilliant goal. Hendrick Zuck lobbed the ball into the box and the German-American forward finished it off with a volley into the back of the net.

Philipp Hercher gave the visitors an insurance goal in the stoppage time to ensure they headed back home with all three points.

Kaiserslautern sits in fourth place in the standings with 32 points.


Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Jordan Pefok came on to play the final 20 minutes for Union Berlin as they came out on top in the capital derby over Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 win.

Gio Reyna had a break from his recent heroics as he was an unused substitute for Borussia Dortmund in the team’s 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Tim Chandler watched from the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt was able to leave the Allianz Arena with a point in their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Julian Green came on to play the final 13 minutes, while Maximilian Dietz remained on the bench for Greuther Furth in their 2-1 defeat to Holstein Kiel.

Lennard Maloney started and played 61 minutes for Heidenheim, while Ryan Malone watched from the bench for Hansa Rostock as the latter claimed a 2-0 win.

George Bello played 19 minutes for Arminia Bielefeld as they were beaten 2-1 by Sandhausen.

Down in the 3. Liga, Isaiah Young played 76 minutes for Rot-Weiss Essen as they were blanked 3-0 by Elversberg.

Johan Gomez played 79 minutes, while Nicolas Carrera was on the bench for Zwickau in their 2-0 win over Hallescher.

Mael Corboz went the distance for Verl as they claimed a 2-0 win over Saarbrucken.

Justin Butler played 57 minutes and Jalen Hawkins had a spot on the bench for Ingolstadt, while Jann George scored the lone goal of the game in Bayreuth’s 1-0 win.


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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