SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, September 23, 2013
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg snatched a point versus Dortmund, while Jermaine Jones and Fabian Jones both came up short with their respective clubs.
Schalke 04 0 - 4 FC Bayern Munich
Jermaine Jones started and went the distance for Schalke 04, but it was all for not as Bayern Munich ran rampant to draw level with Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Jones returned to the starting lineup for head coach Jens Keller after sitting out Wednesday's Champions League tie due to suspension.
Munich needed 20 minutes to get on board with Bastian Schweinsteiger connecting on a Arjen Robben corner kick to head home from the guests.
A minute later it was two with David Alaba picking up the assist by picking out Mario Mandzukic, who headed behind keeper Timo Hildebrand and into the back of the net.
Alaba grabbed his second assist in the 74th minute slipping a pass into the path of Franck Ribery, who redirected the Austrian's pass over the line to make it 3-0 for Munich.
In the 84th minute substitute Claudio Pizarro finished off the day's scoring profiting from Thomas Müller's pass to set up the veteran Peruvian goal getter.
Schalke and Jones are back in action on Wednesday as they do battle with Darmstadt, before taking on Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim when the Bundesliga resumes next week.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 Borussia Dortmund
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg scored an unexpected point versus league leaders Dortmund.
Chandler made his second consecutive start for Der Club and head coach Michael Wiesinger; Chandler went the distance.
Nuremberg had a game performance and gave Dortmund all they could handle. A legitimate case could also be made that Nuremberg was unlucky not to have snagged all three points.
Conjecture aside, Dortmund opened up the scoring in the 37th minute through Marcel Schmelzer, who connected for just his second goal in 137 games on a sublime free kick that curled just inside the post to make it 1-0.
The hosts, however, were up for the challenge and promptly equalized after the restart. Swedish defender Per Nilsson elevated to get onto a Marvin Plattenhardt cross and head home from the spot in the 50th minute.
The following 40 minutes were a back-and-forth affair and although Dortmund had the lion's share of the ball, Der Club had the better chances, none of which were better than Alexander Esswein's in the 89th minute, but the German striker pulled his effort wide.
Chandler and Nuremberg take on Werder Bremen next Sunday.
VfL Wolfsburg 2 - 1 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim blew a lead and fell to Wolfsburg thanks to two Ivica Olic strikes.
Johnson went the distance for Hoffenheim, who struck first through Anthony Modeste.
Wolfsburg's Korean defender Ja Choel Koo made a horrible mistake by passing Modeste the ball and the Hoffenheim striker didn't hesitate long, rounding keeper Diego Benaglio and finding the back of the net in the 15th minute.
Wolfsburg had to wait until the end of the half to grab an equalizer.
Marcel Schäfer's attempt on goal from 15 yards out was blocked by David Abraham, but the resulting deflection landed at the feet of Olic and the Croatian reacted quickly to blast the effort past keeper Koen Casteels.
In the 48th minute, Olic snagged his second, profiting from an errant Johnson pass and indecisive defending by Jannick Vestergaard to break away clean on goal and slip the ball past Casteels to complete the comeback, and the game's scoring.
FC Heidenheim 2 - 1 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor scored for Munster, but could not keep the guests from their continued struggles in the 3.Liga, as the Lower Saxons fell to first-place Heidenheim on Saturday.
New head coach Ralf Loose made his debut for Munster, who have struggled mightily to recapture last year's form that saw them nearly earn promotion; Taylor put in just over an hour in attack for his new boss and made his impact felt.
After an initial stanza sparse on attacking soccer, Taylor opened the scoring in 47th minute as the Ohioan connected on a Denis Grote cross and headed home from close range.
Heidenheim, however, showed some grit and just why they are running away with the 3.Liga title.
French winger Smail Morabit, who came on as a substitute at the break, hammered home a powerful header in the 64th to draw the home team level, before long-time Heidenheim defender Alper Bagceci grabbed an unlikely goal in the 86th for the game winner.
Chemnitz 1 - 0 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal Dominique Fennell and Stuttgart fell to Chemnitz on Saturday to remain in the bottom of the standings.
Fennell made his fourth consecutive start for the Swabians.
The game's lone goal did not fall until late. Ronny Garbuschevski hit pay dirt in the 84th minute with a spectacular long-range effort.
With the loss Stuttgart remains in 18th place in the 20-team league. Up next for Fennell and the Kickers is a home date versus Borussia Dortmund II.
John Anthony Brooks was subbed off after 20 minutes in Berlin's 1-1 tie versus Freiburg with an elbow injury.
Bobby Wood did not make it off the bench in 1860 Munich's 3-1 victory of Aue.
Andrew Wooten was not named to Kaiserslautern's bench for their scoreless tie versus Cologne.