MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, February 24, 2014
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim collect a point in Mönchengladbach, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt picked up a win in Bielefeld.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - 2 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim erased a two-goal halftime deficit to pick up a point at Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Johnson started his second match in a row, this time going the distance at right back for Hoffenheim.
Mönchengladbach received a gift in the fourth minute, thanks to a failed clearance by Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels. The former Under-21 Belgian mishit at a ball near the top of the 18-yard box, and the ball fell to Patrick Hermann, who side-volleyed the ball into the wide-open net from 21 yards away.
The Foals doubled that lead in the 18th minute off a Raffael corner. Tony Jantschke ran to the edge of the six-yard box unmarked and headed the ball into the back of the net. Mönchengladbach then controlled most of the possession for the rest of the half, with the away team creating a few, intermittent chances.
Hoffenheim came out of the half on the offensive, and it worked with Kevin Volland streaking along the right wing and sending in a cross at the near post to Robert Firmino. The Brazilian squeaked his deflection to the left of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the net.
From there, Hoffenheim pressed for an equalizer, and Johnson found a way to do so. Marauding forward from his right-back position, the American went after a 50-50 ball with ter Stegen, only to have defender Martin Stranzl step on his heel in the box and earn a penalty that Sejad Salihovic converted in the 82nd minute.
Despite the win, Hoffenheim stays in 10th place, but it did give the team a seven-point cushion from the relegation zone. Hoffenheim returns to action next Sunday against Wolfsburg.
Arminia Bielefeld 0 - 2 FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt stretched their unbeaten run on the road to eight matches with by scoring two goals in the second-half Friday against struggling Bielefeld.
Morales started and went the distance at right midfield for die Schanzer.
Bielefeld held a lot of the possession early but didn't try any dangerous passes to try and unlock the Ingolstadt defense, which came back to bite it in the second half.
In the 51st minute, Philipp Hofmann fired Ingolstadt into the lead, receiving the ball just outside the 18-yard box with a couple of defenders on him. The 20-year forward created some space and let loose a shot that snuck inside the left post.
Die Schanzer defended well from that point to frustrate Bielefeld before putting the finishing touches in the 83rd minute. Collin Quaner found Karl-Heinz Lappe on the counter, and he scored from 11 yards away.
The win pushed Ingolstadt up to 11th place, six points away from the drop zone, and die Scahnzer return to action next Sunday against Dresden.
SpVgg Unterhaching 2 - 2 Stuttgarter Kickers
Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers needed a late goal to salvage a point in Unterhaching on Saturday.
Fennell started and went the distance at center back for the Kickers.
The Kickers started the match out as the better team and had multiple scoring chances early they didn't convert. That changed in the 18th minute when Elia Soriano laid off a pass to Lhadji Badiane, who scored from 19 yards out.
Unterhaching grew into the match in the second half and eventually put Stuttgart on the back foot, scoring two goals in a five-minute span. In the 72nd minute, Fennell felled substitute Andreas Voglsammer in the box, and Janik Haberer converted it. Then, in the 77th minute, Marius Duhnke headed a corner into the net for the lead.
Fabian Baumgärtel rescued the Kickers just three minutes later, sending a free kick from the right past Haching goalkeeper Korbinian Müller for a goal.
Following the tie, the Kickers moved into seventh place, eight points behind Darmstadt in the promotion-playoff spot, and they next square off with first-place Heidenheim next Saturday.
John Anthony Brooks came on as a substitute in the 84th minute during Hertha BSC's 2-1 win over Stuttgart on Saturday. It was Brooks' first Bundesliga action since a December 13 win over Werder Bremen.
Still dealing with his left knee injury, Timothy Chandler wasn't available for Nuremberg's 2-1 comeback win over last-place Braunschweig on Saturday.
Steve Cherundolo's knee problems kept him out of Hannover's 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Andrew Wooten played the final 19 minutes but couldn't save FSV Frankfurt, which lost at Union Berlin, 2-0, in 2.Bundesliga action on Friday.
Bobby Wood was an unused substitute in 1860 Munich's 2-2 tie at home to Paderborn.
Matt Taylor dressed but did not play in Preußen Münster's scoreless draw at Stuttgart II in a Friday night 3.Liga match.