Josh Sargent scored a brilliant goal on his first Bundesliga start of the season and Yuya Osako grabbed two as Werder Bremen defeated 10-man Augsburg 3-2 on Sunday.
Ruben Vargas canceled Osako’s sixth-minute opener in the 12th before Sargent scored a contender for goal of the month in the 21st.
The 19-year-old American forward controlled Nuri Sahin’s ball over the defense with his first touch and then lifted it over the Augsburg goalkeeper with his next, before tapping into the unguarded net — all without letting the ball touch the ground.
Sargent is on the 26-man United States roster for exhibition games in September against Mexico and Uruguay after getting cut ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Augsburg was dealt another blow in the 34th when Stephan Lichtsteiner was sent off with a second yellow card for bringing down Niclas Füllkrug. It looked a harsh call.
Vargas scored his second just after the break to put Augsburg level, but Osako’s second goal in the 67th was enough for Bremen’s first points of the season.
Augsburg remains with one point from the first three games.
Eintracht Frankfurt hosted Fortuna Düsseldorf later Sunday.
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