SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, August 18, 2013
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim ran rampant over Hamburg, Timothy Chandler squared off versus John Anthony Brooks and Jermaine Jones went the distance in a loss for Schalke.
VfL Wolfsburg 4 - 0 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke are still looking for their first victory of the new Bundesliga campaign after falling to Wolfsburg on Matchday 2.
After seeing action with the USMNT in midweek versus Bosnia Herzegovina, Jones was back in action for his club playing all 90 minutes.
The home team from Lower Saxony broke the deadlock in the 55th minute on a Robin Knoche strike. The defender reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box to finagle the ball into the net with his shin for his first Bundesliga goal.
Six minutes later it was two for Wolfsburg as Portuguese midfielder Vierinha collected an errant pass on the left flank, cut past his marker to the edge of the box and sent a sensational strike with his left past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand.
Wolfsburg kept their foot on the gas and made it a three-goal advantage five minutes later with Naldo pouncing on a rebound and connecting on a right-footed volley.
Stefan Kutschke finalized matters in the first minute of stoppage time with his first Bundesliga goal in his debut nutmegging keeper Hildebrand.
Hamburger SV 1 - 5 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson made his season debut for Hoffenheim in a thorough thrashing of Hamburg.
Johnson played all 90 minutes for Hoffenheim after playing all 90 on Wednesday for the USMNT.
Hoffenheim only needed five minutes to find the game's first goal. Johnson received a pass down the left flank and the German-American fired a pinpoint cross to Roberto Firmino, who headed past Hamburg keeper Rene Adler.
Hamburg found an equalizer just before the interval as Rafael van der Vaart converted a penalty after Tarik Elyounoussi handled the ball in the box.
Hoffenheim restablished their lead in the 51st minute as Firmino perfectly timed his pass behind the Hamburg defense to Kevin Volland, who took a touch and slotted home a pinpoint shot from the right.
Anthony Modeste made it three in the 67th minute with Firmino playing provider for Modeste's tap in, before the same combination hooked up for a fourth in the 75th minute.
Completely decimated, Hamburg's misery was completed in the 78th minute with Firmino adding a second dancing through the defense and beating Adler with his right.
Up next for Hoffenheim and Johnson is a Saturday date versus Freiburg.
FC Nuremberg 2 - 2 Hertha Berlin
Timothy Chandler and John Brooks both saw the field in the second half for Nuremberg and Berlin respectively.
Chandler came on for the second half, while Brooks was brought on late to shore up the defense.
Nuremberg opened the scoring in the 40th minute as Daniel Ginczek made a driving run into the Berlin box, past a pair of defenders, before picking out Drmic alone in front of goal and the Swiss striker did not miss.
Berlin pulled even through Sami Allagui, whose right-footed effort was deflected past keeper Rafael Schaeffer into goal in the 63rd minute.
Berlin completed the comeback in the 79th minute as Brazilian midfielder Ronny converted a spot kick that resulted from a hefty Javier Pinola challenge on Alexander Baumjohann.
With essentially the game's final kick, Nuremberg's Japanese playmaker Hiroshi Kiyotake scored on a beautifully taken free kick to snatch a point at the death and rob Berlin of two.
Brooks and Berlin take on Hamburg on Saturday, while Chandler and Nuremberg travel to Munich to do battle with Bayern.
1860 Munich 1 - 0 FC Ingolstadt
Bobby Wood was a second-half sub and Alfredo Morales went the distance as Munich knocked off Ingolstadt in 2.Liga action.
Fresh off his USMNT debut versus Bobby Wood midweek, Wood came on for the last 20 minutes and change, while Morales played the entire 90 minutes.
Ingolstadt nearly got on the board in the eighth minute on a Tomas Hajnal corner that Morales got to, but his header went just wide of the mark.
It was also the only real scoring chance on either side in the first half, as both teams struggled to find their legs in temperatures in the high 90s.
The game winner came in the 46th minute, and was an own goal. Munich striker Marin Tomasov whipped in a dangerous low cross that Brazilian defender Roger put past his own keeper in a failed attempt at a clearance.
Ingolstadt did have chances to pull level, or more, but squandered opportunities in the 63rd and 79th minutes, and were unlucky as well not to have been awarded a penalty as Buelow seemed to play more man than ball on his challenge in the 72nd minute.
Morales and Ingolstadt will look for that all elusive first victory next week when they host Arminia Bielefeld on Friday; Wood and Munich are in action on Sunday taking on Paderborn.
FC Kaiserslautern 2 - 1 Erzgebirge Aue
Andrew Wooten was handed his first start of the year for Kaiserslautern as the Red Devils knocked off Aue thanks to a pair of goals by Mohammed Idrissou.
Wooten put in 83 minutes in attack for Kaiserslautern, before giving way for Florian Riedel.
Karim Matmour and Wooten combined on a give-and-go with the latter playing the former into the box. Matmour was then brought to the ground by Okoronkwo. Idrissou then converted the ensuing penalty to put the hosts up in the 29th minute.
Wooten should have doubled Kaiserslautern's lead in the 37th minute, but his chipped effort was off target.
Less than a minute on the field, substitute Guido Kocer pounced on a loose ball in front of the net to bring Aue level.
Hardly 60 seconds later, the Kaiserslautern advantage was restored as Simon Zoller flicked on a cross that landed at Idrissou's feet and the Cameroonian striker made no mistake from ten yards out.
Kaiserslautern saw out the final 30 minutes to secure all three points.
Up next for Wooten and Kaiserslautern is a road date versus Aalen on Saturday.
Wehen Wiesbaden 1 - 1 Preussen Munster
Matt Taylor bagged his second goal of the season for Munster, who split the points with Wiesbaden.
Taylor put in 90 minutes for head coach Pavel Dotchev's 11.
Amaury Bischoff's corner was struck hard by Dennis Grote, but only at Gurski. The keeper could not do anything more than deflect it to Taylor, who mopped up from short range for the lead.
Wiesbaden found an equalizer in the 61st minute with Jose Pierre Vunguidica assisting Alf Mintzel for a tap-in.
Taylor and Munster will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they host Holstein Kiel.
SV Elversberg 1 - 1 Stuttgarter Kickers
Royal Dominique Fennell made his season debut for Stuttgart versus Elversberg.
Fennell was a second-half substitute, coming on in the 69th minute.
Marco Alvarez blasted an effort from 20 plus yards into the back of the net to put Stuttgart in the lead in the 13th minute.
In the 81st minute, the ball was handled in the box by a Stuttgart defender and substitute Angelo Vaccaro stepped up and converted with ease.
Fennell and Stuttgart take on VfB Stuttgart next week in their next match.
Michael Parkhurst did not dress in Augsburgs 1-0 loss to Bremen.
Jerome Kiesewetter did not make the bench for VfB Stuttgart II in a 2-0 victory over Saarbruecken.