SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, November 25, 2013
Jermaine Jones and Schalke struck late to split the spoils, Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg are still looking for their first win, while Fabian Johnson returned but could not help Hoffenheim to victory.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - 3 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones put in a full shift for Schalke 04 on Saturday, as the squad from Gelsenkirchen built a two-goal lead and then fell behind, before snatching a late equalizer.
Coming off duty for the Stars & Stripes, Jones was thrust into the starting lineup right away for Jens Keller's Schalke; for Jones it was a matchup versus his former club.
Frankfurt made for excellent hosts by spotting the guests a lead through Johannes Flum, who spectacularly sent a powerful header into his own goal off the underside of the crossbar in the 14th minute.
Frankfurt doubled down on their hospitality by leaving Joel Matip completely unmarked four minutes later, and the lanky Schalke defender made no mistake and took advantage of the gift with a glancing header inside the far post.
The hosts, however, did eventually wake up and step on the gas to take the lead within a 12-minute span in the second half of play.
Flum went from goat to catalyst by hitting pay dirt on a header into the opposing team's net in the 56th minute, before substitute attacker Joselu followed suit and headed home five minutes later to draw the hosts even.
In the 68th minute, Joselu fired Frankfurt in the lead with an angry left-footed shot into the left upper 90 sending the home fans into a frenzy.
Accustomed to adversity, Schalke did not let the setback faze them and threw numbers forward in pursuit of an equalizer. With two minutes left in regulation central defender Benedikt Höwedes reacted faster than the Frankfurt defense to pounce on a loose ball and toe poke it home.
The point keeps Schalke within striking distance of a Champions League spot, while Franfurt remains mired in the relegation zone. After a Tuesday Champions League date versus Bordeaux, Schalke and Jones are back in action on Saturday versus Stuttgart.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 VfL Wolfsburg
Timothy Chandler started and went the distance for struggling Nuremberg, who struck late to snatch a point from Wolfsburg.
Chandler and Nuremberg are still in search of their first victory of the season, but did notch a moral victory after playing a red-hot Wolfsburg team tight.
After a back-and-forth open to the match, Wolfsburg jumped out to the lead in the 38th minute through striker Maximillian Arnold, who beat Rafael Schäfer from 24 yards out with a curling effort with the outside of his boot.
Nuremberg nearly drew level before the interval but former Wolf Makoto Hasebe could only hit the post for the home team.
The hosts did find an equalizer in the 73rd minute through Daniel Ginzcek, who tiptoed his way through five defenders before beating Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio with a right-footed blast from the left wing.
With the point, Nuremberg remains tied for last with eight points. Chandler and company will have their next chance at getting that all-elusive first win on Saturday versus Leverkusen.
FC Augsburg 2 - 0 TSG Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson returned to the starting 11 for Hoffenheim, who continued their struggles by falling on the road to Augsburg.
Johnson made his first start for Hoffenheim since matchday seven after spraining his ankle in late September; Johnson put in a full 90 minutes.
Augsburg took the lead in the 17th minute through Halil Altintop, who pounced on a rebound from Koen Casteels.
It was 2-0 six minutes later and it was Altintop again. This time the veteran Turkish striker connected on Paul Verhaegh's cross with his right boot.
Save a couple of half-chances, Hoffenheim failed to produce any attacking moves of note and with the loss fell further into a relegation battle.
Hoffenheim and Johnson will have a chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host Werder Bremen.
FC Köln 0 - 1 FC Ingolstadt
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt scored an improbable victory on Sunday over first-place Cologne in the German second flight.
Morales and Ingolstadt came into the match in 16th place, while Cologne topped the standings. Despite being at opposite ends of the standings the match was a close encounter with both teams unable to overcome the other's midfield.
One of the few times that Ingolstadt did manage to break through the Cologne ranks led to the game's only goal came. In the 47th minute Moritz Hartmann stuffed home the rebound on a Christian Eigler strike to score against his old club and fire his current to victory and out of the relegation zone.
Morales went into the books in the 62nd minute for a nasty challenge on Miso Brecko.
Ingolstadt and Morales are back in action on Saturday at home versus Sandhausen.
Preußen Münster 1 - 0 Stuttgart Kickers
Matt Taylor logged just over an hour of playing time and notched the game winner for Munster, who saw off Stuttgart in 3.Liga action.
After a slow start to the season, Taylor has come on of late scoring for the second time in as many weeks to help push Munster up in the standings.
The goal of the day came in the 72nd minute as Taylor intercepted a Gerrit Müller pass, dodged a Marc Stein tackle in the box and hammered home past Krauss with his right.
It was Taylor's last action of the game, and he was subbed off for Rogier Krohne.
With the win, Taylor and Munster are now in 16th place with 19 points: three clear of the relegation zone. They travel to take on Halle FC on Saturday.
John Anthony Brooks did not dress for Berlin on Saturday, who fell to Leverkusen 1-0.
Steve Cherundolo was an unused substitute for Hannover 96 in the Lower Saxons 3-1 loss to rivals HSV.