While those playing in England got roughed up, much of the success this weekend took place in Germany. Yedlin, Ream, & Cameron were all beaten badly and Gooch picked up an injury that will keep him out for a while. But two Americans scored against each other in Germany’s second division and Wood impressed with a nice assist in the top tier as well. Plus Sargent has some more action for you down in the fourth division.
An assist from Bobby Wood!? Please & thank you. This was a really great sequence from the 25-year-old in which he showed us some holdup play, nice link-ups with teammates, and a confident run down the sideline capped off with a perfect ball right at the top of the six yard box. Bobby entered the match at halftime for Hannover 96’s 4-1 loss to Frankfurt and completed 91% of his passes. VIDEO
In his first start in the 2. Bundesliga for Duisburg, he scored his team’s loan goal in a 3-1 loss to Jahn Regensburg.
In that same match, George would also get on the score sheet. In the 78th minute he calmly converted a penalty kick to secure the 3-1 win over Duisburg. VIDEO
After talk about Sargent’s first team debut last week, he scored his sixth goal in ten appearances for Bremen II. With his team down 2-0, he cut the deficit in half but they lost 3-1 to Hannover’s second team.
He got the start on Saturday for Dormund’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen but was subbed out in the 68th minute for Jadon Sancho. A smart sub it was, as Sancho assisted Reus to equalize one minute after entering the match. Sancho also assisted another in stoppage time. With quality like that behind him, Pulisic is going to be feeling the pressure to step up his own game. Hopefully.
The 20-year-old made a 28 minute appearance for Schalke’s 1-0 win over Mainz. It was great to see him back out there so soon after an injury scare the week prior. McKennie helped lock down the three points and he even created a scoring chance. He completed 8/10 passes on 18 touches while adding a clearance and two interceptions as well.
Wolfsburg drew with Moenchengladbach 2-2 and Brooks played all 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the process. Both goals they conceded were done on the counter attack. Brooks could do nothing about the first goal and on the second he was caught up field for a corner kick. He completed 60 out of 75 passes with eight accurate long balls.
Unfortunately, Morales was on the pitch for all 90 minutes of Fortuna Düsseldorf’s 3-0 pounding at the hands of Nürnberg. Morales had two shots, one on target, and finished with 83% pass success. He struggled, like most of his team, and picked up a yellow card in the 32nd minute.
In the third tier, Aalen got out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 win over Zwickau. Fennell scored a goal in the 2nd minute to open the scoring, but gave up an own goal in the 24th.
The Newcastle right-back had a pretty ugly 80 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Leicester City. He completed 83% passing but only won a single duel out of six. Yedlin was also the cause of the penalty kick that led to the first goal. He was making a desperate attempt to block a shot from point-blank range, but had his hands up high around his head. The ball hit his arm in an unnatural position for a clear penalty kick.
The good news is that he started his first match of the season in the Premier League for Fulham. The bad news is that they lost 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. It was reminiscent of Ream’s Premier League debut in 2012 when his Bolton side were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea. He completed 43 out of 51 passes. He had four clearances but was dispossessed once.
The Everton loanee had a forgettable performance as Wigan Athletic were shutout 1-0 at Norwich. He completed just 56% of his passes, was dispossessed once, and lost the majority of his duels.
Cameron played a full 90 minutes for Queens Park Rangers (on loan from Stoke) on Saturday as they fell to Swansea by a final of 3-0. Nobody played very well for QPR, but Cameron finished with 83% passing, three clearances, and three interceptions.
29-year-old Lichaj went 90 minutes for Hull City’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough. He completed 73% of his passes, had one key pass, and he had three clearances on the day as well.
Sunderland and Gooch missed a chance to move into third place in League One with a 1-1 draw at Coventry City. Gooch played the entire match but played with a hamstring injuries for the final 20 minutes because his manager had used all three subs. He’s been ruled out for 10 days.
The Nantes man went 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Lyon. He was given a yellow card in the 78th minute. It was a decent showing from Miazga as he completed 85% of his passes, inlcuding one key pass.
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He came on for the final ten minutes as Rennes drew 1-1 against Toulouse. He had just two touches on the ball and didn’t make much of an impact, but he was on the pitch when they conceded the equalizer.
In 90 minutes at striker for Fortuna Sittard on Saturday, Novakovich had three shots, created four chances, and won ten aerials. But he was also dispossessed eight times and completed just eight out of 22 pass attempts (36%). Ajax took the points on the night with a 2-0 win.
On loan from Bournemouth, Hyndman is playing for Hibernian. He started and was subbed out after 64 minutes in their 1-0 win over St. Mirren.
Saief got all of eight minutes on the pitch for Anderlecht’s 0-0 draw with St. Truiden.
BHI played all 90 minutes of Kortrijk’s 3-1 loss to Eupen.
He started and played 62 minutes for Malmo who drew 0-0 with Sundsvall.
He went 90 minutes for Reus’s 2-0 loss to Almeria in the Segunda Division.