MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, August 25, 2014
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich recorded their first point of the season, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt upset Greuther Fürth.
1. FC Heidenheim 2 - 2 TSV 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich left two points on the field Friday, when they drew with Heidenheim in 2.Bundesliga action.
The American forward played 83 minutes on the left wing, but he still didn't end his 15-month goal-scoring drought despite having a great chance to do so in the middle of the second half.
The Löwen took advantage of a defensive mistake in the 13th minute to open up the scoring, with Markus Steinhofer pouncing on a ball in the final third and passing to Okotie in the box. Okotie's shot deflected off a defender and went into the back of the net.
That scoreline held until the second half as Heidenheim put Munich on its back foot. In the 52nd minute, Florian Niederlechner blew past defender Christopher Schnidler and beat Ortega one-on-one for the equalizer.
Second goal came off a corner three minutes later. Philip Heise sent in his cross a little short, where teammate Sebastian Griesbeck met it with his head and sent it into the top, near corner of the net.
Heidenheim couldn't see out the match, though, as Leonardo equalized for the Sechziger with a great individual effort in the 66th minute. He dribbled out of a double team in midfield, continued his run, faked out a defender and launched a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard box that snuck inside the right post.
Okotie had a chance to give Munich the lead again in 70th minute after Yannick Stark earned a penalty kick when Heidenheim's Smail Morabit tugged his jersey in the box. Heidenheim goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann blocked the Austrian's attempt, though.
With the tie, 1860 Munich recorded its first point of the season, but the Löwen still sit in 17th place in the German second division. The team returns to action next Sunday against Darmstadt.
FC Ingolstadt 04 2 - 0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt picked up their first win of the season over promotion-favorite Greuther Fürth.
The German-American went the distance in midfield for the Schanzer, who moved into fifth place with the win.
The first half didn't see too many chances for either team outside of Fürth in the first 10 minutes, as tons of fouls in the midfield broke up in the play often. The start of the second half wasn't any better - at least for the first few minutes.
In the 62nd minute, Ingolstadt finally managed a breakthrough. Stefan Lex set up Mathew Leckie, whose left-footed shot from 11 yards our gave the Schanzer the lead.
Leckie set up Ingolstadt's match-clinching goal in the 81st minute, getting the ball on the right wing and given enough space to pick out Pascal Groß. Groß had enough time to control the pass and send it into the low, left-hand corner.
Ingolstadt returns to action next Sunday at Sandhausen.
SV Wehen Wiesbaden 4 - 1 Stuttgart II
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II had a day to forget in a 4-1 loss at Wiesbaden on Sunday in 3.Liga action.
Kiesewetter started on the right wing for the Schwaben, but he came off at halftime.
Wiesbaden didn't wait long to put one in the back of the net, taking the lead in the eighth minute. Alf Mintzel found Soufian Benyamina, who launched a left-footed shot to score against his former team.
The home team doubled its lead in the 38th minute during a stretch of play in which not was happening. Off a corner, Jose Pierre Vunguidica scored with a left-footed shot.
Vunguidica and Benyamina combined for Wiesbaden's third goal in the 49th minute, with Benyamina receiving Vunguidica's cross and using his right foot to find the back of the net. Just 180 seconds later, Vunguidica scored his second goal and Wiesbaden's final goal after right back Sebastian Mrowca set him up.
Timo Cecen gave Stuttgart II a consolation goal in the 70th minute, but that was all the Schawben could muster on the day. With the loss, Stuttgart II dropped into 19th place, and the team will face Regensburg on Tuesday.
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 0 - 0 Borussia Dortmund II
Joe Gyau and Dortmund II held on for a point at Sonnenhof Großaspach on Friday night.
Gyau went 80 minutes on the right wing for Dortmund's reserve side, making way for a defender after the Schwarzgelben went down a man.
Großaspach took it to Dortmund in the early going, almost scoring in the first minute if not for a save by goalkeeper Zlatan Alomerovic. The German goalkeeper had to make another save on SG forward Pascal Sohm 15 minutes later to keep it scoreless.
Dortmund II came into the match more and more as the first half progressed, but it didn't create many goal-scoring opportunities, even in the second half. Alomerovic had to make another big save in the 69th minute to keep the shutout alive.
In the 78th minute Marc Hornschuh picked up so second yellow card of the match for a tactical foul, but Dortmund held on for the final 12 minutes to get the point. Sitting in sixth place, the Schwarzgelben will face Mainz II on Tuesday.
Hallescher FC 1 - 2 Stuttgarter Kickers
Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers recovered from an early deficit to pick up another three points in Halle on Saturday.
Fennell started and went the distance in central defense for the Kickers, who moved into fourth place with the win.
Both teams came firing out the gates, as shown by the 1-1 scoreline after the first 10 minutes. Halle scored the first goal in the sixth minute, with Sören Bertram finding Sascha Pfeffer in the box for the goal, and the Kickers answered just three minutes later, with Sandro Braun setting up Gerrit Müller's right-footed shot.
That scoreline lasted until early in the second half when Stuttgart's Besa Halimi was taken down in the penalty box. In the 47th minute, Vincenzo Marchese stepped up and converted the penalty, which proved to be all the Kickers needed for the three points.
The Kickers square off next with Chemnitz on Wednesday.
Julian Green was an unused substitute in Bayern Munich's 2-1 win over Wolfsburg on Friday.
David Yelldell didn't dress for Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 win over Dortmund on Saturday.
John Anthony Brooks dressed but didn't come off the bench in Hertha BSC's 2-2 tie with Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Tim Chandler didn't come off the bench in Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 win versus Freiburg on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson came on for the final 17 minutes as Borussia Mönchengladbach rescued a point in the Foals' 1-1 tie with Stuttgart on Sunday.
Andrew Wooten played the final six minutes for Sandhausen but couldn't help the team hold on for a point, losing at St. Pauli, 2-1.
Marc Heider played the final 25 minutes in Holstein Kiel's 1-0 loss to Cottbus on Saturday.