MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, March 2, 2015
In a rare start, Fabian Johnson scored his first goal of the season, while John Anthony Brooks and Tim Chandler recorded wins with their teams this weekened.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - 1 Hamburger SV
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt earned themselves a win at home on Saturday over Hamburg.
Chandler started and went the distance at right back for the Adler, while Julian Green didn't dress for the Dino.
Both teams went after it in the early going, with Frankfurt enjoying a little more of the possession and a few of the better chances. The Adler didn't waste their opportunities, as Hamburg captain Johan Djourou felled Eintracht's Lucas Piazon in the box and Alexander Meier stepped up to convert the penalty.
The Adler stayed strong for most of the first half, but some lax concentration in first-half stoppage time allowed the away team to equalize. Mohamed Gouaida had the ball on the left wing and passed across to Nicolai Müller, who headed the ball along Zoltan Stieber. Stieber then beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to the left.
After the break, Meier answered for Eintracht and gave the Adler the lead again in the 54th minute. It started when Marco Russ intercepted a headed back pass from Petr Jiracek to his own penalty area, and he pushed along to Piazon, whose attempt on net was blocked by Djourou. The ball bounced to Meier, and the striker fired his 16th goal of the season into the bottom right corner of the net.
Hamburg's chances of a comeback ended when Matthias Ostrzolek recorded his second yellow card within an 11-minute span and received his marching orders from referee Florian Meyer. After that, it was Frankfurt, and the Adler had an opportunity to add another goal in second-half stoppage time, but Meier clattered his penalty attempt off the crossbar.
With the win, Frankfurt moved into eighth place, and the team returns to action next Sunday against Köln.
Hertha BSC 1 - 0 FC Augsburg
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC moved out of the relegation zone with a shutout win over sixth-place Augsburg on Saturday.
Brooks started and went the distance in central defense for the Old Lady, and his partnership with Sebastian Langkamp proved to be affective for coach Pal Dardai on the day.
Hertha stayed deep inside its own half and attempted to hit out on the counter. Because of this strategy, the first half had very few opportunities. In the second half, Augsburg still couldn't find its way through the Hertha defense, but the home team knocked on the door for a goal in the 50th minute, only for Per Skjelbred to be offside.
Just when it seemed the match was headed for a goalless draw, Hertha stole the points with a goal in the 88th minute. After Marcel Ndjeng threw in the ball to Jens Hegeler, the substitute midfielder set up Salomon Kalou to tap the ball in from a short distance.
With the win, the Old Lady moved into 14th place, and it will face Stuttgart on Friday.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - 0 SC Paderborn 07
Fabian Johnson scored his first goal of the season to fire Mönchengladbach to a bounce-back win over Paderborn on Sunday.
Johnson made just his sixth start of the season, playing at left midfielder, and he went the distance for the Fohlen.
Following the Fohlen's exit in the Europa League in the midweek, Gladbach needed some kind of answer, and they found it with long diagonal passes, which seemed to suit Johnson. The American winger/fullback, who looked lively in the early going, managed to turn it into a goal in the 18th minute when a Paderborn clearance fell to Gladbach's Julian Korb, who passed the ball to Johnson in the middle of the park. Johnson let fly a 21-yard shot that took a deflection off a defender and went into the back of the net.
The Fohlen continued to look the team more likely to score the next goal and put the match to bed, and that's what they did in the 81st minute through Patrick Herrmann. Johnson cut the ball inside from the left to a dangerous position, but Paderborn keeper Lukas Kruse knocked the ball away. It fell to Herrmann, whose 16-yard shot took a deflection and found the back of the net.
With the win, Mönchengladbach strengthened its hold on third place with 40 points, and the team faces Kickers Offenbach in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday.
SV Sandhausen 2 - 0 VfR Aalen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen solidified their chances at safety with win over Aalen at home on Saturday.
Wooten started and went 87 minutes on the right wing for the Hardtwälder.
Not much of note happened in the first half, as Aalen enjoyed more possession and Sandhausen stood strong in defense. In the second half, Sandhausen looked more dangerous going forward and managed to break through in the 65th minute. From a cross, Florian Hübner headed the ball along to Aziz Bouhaddouz, whose eight-yard shot found the back of the net.
In the midst of a relegation battle, Aalen poured everything forward and came close in the 76th minute off a corner, only for the header to go wide. Aalen's Sascha Mockenhaupt did find the back of the net in the 83rd minute, although into the wrong net: The defender stepped between a long pass between Sandhausen keeper Manuel Riemann and Wooten, but he lobbed the ball over his own keeper and into the goal.
With the win, Sandhausen moved into 13th place, and the team faces 1860 Munich next Sunday.
1. FSV Mainz 05 II 0 - 2 VfB Stuttgart II
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II won a matchup of under-23 teams when they traveled to Mainz on Saturday.
Kiesewetter started and went the distance in right midfield for the Schwaben.
Both teams packed it in defensively in the first half, leaving goal-scoring opportunities few and far between. Stuttgart II wasted no time changing that in the second half, as it opened the scoring in the 46th minute when Pascal Breier's right-footed shot found the back of the net.
Mainz II threw the book at Stuttgart II in order to find an equalizer, but it couldn't break through the Schwaben defense. Instead, the Schwaben put the match to bed in the 86th minute after Alexander Hack received a straight red card for a foul in the box and Marvin Wanitzek converted the penalty.
With the win, Stuttgart II moved into 14th place, and the Schwaben play Wiesbaden on Tuesday in a makeup game that was postponed last month due to weather.
Terrence Boyd missed RasenBallsport Leipzig's 3-2 win over Union Berlin on Sunday with a torn ACL.
Bobby Wood was unavailable for Erzgebirge Aue's goalless draw at St. Pauli on Sunday with a knee injury.
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt take on 1860 Munich on Monday in 2.Bundesliga action.
Royal-Dominique Fennell was an unused substitute in a 2-0 win over Fortuna Köln on Saturday.
Junior Flores dressed but didn't play, while Joe Gyau was unavailable for Dortmund II's 3-1 loss in Chemnitz on Saturday.