Johnson returned to the Mönchengladbach starting XI for the first time since October. His shift in midfield helped the Champions League chasers claim a 1-0 victory at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. Patrick Herrmann scored after 71 minutes to send Mönchengladbach into third place in the table.
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Timothy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt defender
Eintracht opened the second half of the Bundesliga season with a 4-1 defeat at Freiburg on Saturday. Chandler featured for the duration of the affair at left back as the visitors succumbed to Nils Peterson’s second-half hat trick at Schwarzwald-Stadion.
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Joe Gyau, Borussia Dortmund forward
Gyau revealed on Friday he needs a second surgery on his left knee. The speedy winger tore his meniscus during the U.S. national team’s 1-1 draw with Ecuador in October. He recently suffered a setback in his bid to return and subsequently learned he requires a second operation. This step could rule Gyau out for the remainder of the season, Borussia Dortumnd II manager David Wagner told local journalists on Friday.
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Brad Guzan, Aston Villa goalkeeper
Guzan and Villa endured a day to forget at the Emirates as Arsenal ran rampant in a 5-0 victory on Sunday. Five different Arsenal players hit the scoresheet as the Gunners leaned on Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil to brush aside the visitors. The loss left Villa just three points clear of the relegation zone.
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Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers defender
Ream continued his fine form for Bolton in the 2-2 home draw with Wolves on Saturday. The versatile defender featured on the right side of defense and prompted Zach Clough’s second goal after 25 minutes. James Henry pounced for the visitors deep in second half stoppage time to prevent Neil Lennon’s side from claiming all three points.
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Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes midfielder
Nantes fell to ninth in the Ligue 1 table after a 1-1 draw with Lille on Saturday. Oswaldo Vizcarrando struck 10 minutes from time to lift Nantes to a share of the spoils. Bedoya climbed off the bench for the final 18 minutes in the stalemate.
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Aron Johannsson, AZ forward
Johannsson opened the scoring after just nine minutes in AZ’s 3-1 victory over Heracles on Sunday. The U.S. international striker poked home from close range to give his side an early foothold in the game. AZ made good use of the early opener to claim the points and sustain its push for a Champions League place next season.
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Rubio Rubin, FC Utrecht forward
PEC Zwolle continued its surprising push toward the Champions League places with a 2-0 victory over Utrecht on Sunday. Rubin returned to the starting XI and toiled away for 74 minutes before departing the match. The defeat left Utrecht in 12th place in the Eredivisie table.
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Greg Garza and Joe Corona, Club Tijuana
Club Tijuana continued its bright start to the Clausura with a 4-2 victory over Morelia on Friday. Garza featured from the start at left back, but he departed after picking up a knock early in the second half. Corona replaced him for the remainder for affair as the Xolos secured the points.
Ventura Alvarado, Club America defender
Alvarado once again earned a spot in the starting XI for America’s 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL on Saturday. Dario Benedetto pounced after 21 minutes to give Las Aguilas a second win in four outings.