SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, December 9, 2013
John Anthony Brooks made his long-awaited return in victory, Timmy Chandler and Nuremberg continued their struggles, while Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim were victorious.
Eintracht Braunschweig 0 - 2 Hertha Berlin
John Anthony Brooks returned to the lineup for Berlin, who saw off last place Braunschweig to close out Bundesliga Matchday 15.
Brooks saw his first competitive club action in ten weeks for Berlin, starting and going the distance in victory. Brooks was one of three changes to the Berlin lineup with midfielder Nico Schulz and Ronny joining the fray.
After the bottom-dwelling Lions held the upper hand early on, Schulz announced the Berlin presence with a thunderous effort that thumped the crossbar on the 17th minute.
Having tasted Lion blood, the Berliners struck three minutes later. Ronny, who had been in the doghouse all season and made just his third start of the year, cut a hard corner into the box and picked out striker Arian Ramos. The Colombian skied and converted for the 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
With ten minutes to go, Ronny set up his second of the game, feeding Tolga Cigerci on the break to secure all three points.
Up next for Brooks and Berlin is a Friday date versus Werder Bremen.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Hoffenheim 1899
Fabian Johnson came on in the second half as Hoffenheim piled on Frankfurt's misery with a two-goal flurry within a five-minute span of the second half.
After beginning on the bench, Johnson came on for Kai Herdling in the 73rd minute, long after the fireworks were over.
Sven Schipplock struck a minute after the restart as Roberto Firmino picked out the German with a diagonal pass that Schipplock converted from 14 yards out.
Two minutes later, Vaclav Kadlec did not give up on long ball, outpiped his marker and picked out Joselu, and the on-load striker from Hoffenheim nudged the ball over the line to equalize versus his parent club.
Three minutes later, roles were reversed as Schipplock turned provider and Firmino scorer, with the former crossing for the Brazilian who gave the guests the lead for good.
With the win, Hoffenheim climbed to 11th with 17 points. Up next is road date versus Borussia Dortmund.
FC Nuremberg 1 - 1 FSV Mainz
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg will have to wait another week to get that elusive first win of the season after drawing Mainz on Friday.
Chandler played 61 minutes for Der Club before giving way for Markus Feulner after Chandler took a thump on his thigh.
Der Club has been inching closer to scoring a win in the past weeks, and looked to be on track again after taking the lead in the fifth minute through Per Nilsson, who headed home after Hiroshi Kiyotake's good setup work.
It was nearly two for Nuremberg and Nilsson in the 56th minute, but the Swede's header was cleared off the line by Shinji Okazaki.
After keeping Mainz under control for the majority of the match, the hosts were undone by one momentary lapse in concentration in the 76th minute, which saw Joo Ho Park play Okazaki through and the Japanese beat keeper Rafael Schaeffer.
Nuremberg and Chandler are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Lower Saxony to lock horns with Hannover 96.
Energie Cottbus 1 - 2 FC Ingolstadt
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt finally exited the relegation zone after dispatching Cottbus thanks to a game-winner late on.
Morales put in 55 minutes of work in the Ingolstadt midfield, before exiting for Kristoff Knamüllner.
Ingolstadt opened up their account with a fortuitous deflection in the 15th minute as Cottbus defender Julian Börner redirected Caiuby's 20-yard effort into goal.
Cottbus, however, struck back in the 28th minute. Marco Stiepermann whipped in a free kick from 25 yards that found Ivica Banovic and the Croatian made no mistake heading home with precision and power.
Ingolstadt then profited from some inadvertent assistance from Cottbus midfielder Marc Andre Kruska, who from his own area played a pass into the path of Ingolstadt's Philipp Hoffmann. Hoffmann then cross for Moritz Hartmann, who hit the back of the net for the winner in the 78th minute.
With the win, Ingolstadt and Ramos are in 13th place, a point above the relegation zone. Up next is a road date versus Aue on Sunday.
Preußen Münster 2 - 1 MSV Duisburg
Matt Taylor and Munster continued their climb in the 3.Liga standings after scoring a come-from-behind victory over Duisburg.
Taylor notched an assist in the contest, putting in 90 minutes of work.
Pierre de Wit put Duisburg in front in the eighth minute, connecting on a free kick that flew past friend and foe before crossing the line.
Munster had to wait until the 58th minute to snag an equalizer and did so as Taylor scampered down the right flank, before crossing for Dennis Grote at the six yard box. Grote converted with relative ease to knot things up.
In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Munster managed the game winner through Simon Scherder, who rose highest to meet a corner and head home for the win.
Up next for Taylor and Munster in a Saturday date versus Leipzig at home.
Jermaine Jones failed to make it off the bench for Schalke, who lost to Gladbach 2-1.
Steve Cherundolo was an unused sub for Hannover 96 in their 4-2 road loss to Stuttgart.
Bobby Wood came on in the 89th minute for 1860 Munich, who knocked of Union Berlin to move into sixth place in the 2.Liga.
Royal Dominique Fennell was an unused substitute in Stuttgart's 2-1 defeat to Leipzig.