JT RICHARDSON - Sunday, November 22, 2009
Michael Bradley and the Foals continue their hot streak with a win over Frankfurt while David Yelldell and Koblenz kept within reach of safety with their shut-out of Aachen.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach took advantage of an own goal to capture their second road win of the season. The Foals continued their strong run of play, extending their undefeated streak to four games in league play.
Mönchengladbach pressed from the start, but were unable to connect on multiple shots in the first half, with striker Juan Arango heavily involved in their attacks. Arango had a shot go just wide in the sixth minute, then had a free kick barely saved in the 14th minute.
The attacking mentality paid off in the second half as Frankfurt's Marco Russ attempted to clear the ball, but it instead went off the head of his keeper, Oka Nikolov and into the net in the 54th minute to give the Foals the lead.
Eleven minutes later, Gladbach's Marco Reus (not to be confused with Frankfurt's Russ) crossed the ball into the box and Roel Brouwers headed it home from nine yards out to double the lead for the road team.
Frankfurt mounted a furious comeback attempt which appeared to pay off in the 75th minute, however Benjamin Kohler's header was ruled offside after Alexander Meier's shot rebounded off the post.
The visitors' lead was finally cut in half in the 86th minute, when Gladbach forward Rob Friend handled a ball in the penalty box on a Frankfurt free kick. Pirmin Schwegler buried the ensuing penalty but Frankfurt was unable to cause any threat in the last minutes as time ran out.
The win jumps the Foals to 12th place, with their next test against a visiting third-place Schalke on Saturday.
TuS Koblenz 1 – 0 Alemannia Aachen
David Yeldell and the TuS Koblenz defense were able to hold off Alemannia Aachen on Sunday as they won 1-0 at home.
Koblenz defender Matej Mavric put the team ahead in the 76th minute as he headed a pass from Zoltan Stieber across the goal line.
Aachen was the more active team in the first half as Koblenz managed only one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. The guests set up camp in Koblenz's half of the field, but were never able to capitalize on opportunities around Yeldell's goal.
The best chances for Aachen in the first half came from midfielder Daniel Adlung, who played the ball to Babacar Gueye twice in the first ten minutes, but the forward put both of his shots wide.
Koblenz was able to change the pace of the game when the substituted Shqipran Skeraj for Melinho and Zoltan Stieber for Philipp Langen in the 64th minute. Both brought more movement to the game and Stieber was later directly involved in the winning goal.
Aachen lacked creativity in the second half, especially in midfield, and weren't able to even the score as time ran out.
Despite the win, Koblenz remain in 16th place in the standings in the relegation playoff spot. The team from Uwe Rapolder will travel to Karlsruhe next week as they try and fight their way out of the drop zone.
Steve Cherundolo did not suit up for Hannover on Sunday due to a slight knee injury as the team fell by a 2-0 scoreline to their hosts Schalke 04. Jermaine Jones did not suit up for Schalke as he continues his long recovery from a fractured leg.
Bryan Arguez did not play as Berlin could only manage a point on the road and remained at the bottom of the league standings with their 1-1 draw in Stuttgart on Friday.
Kenny Cooper was forced to sit out 1860's 1-0 road win on Friday over league leaders Bielefeld due to a knee injury.
Matt Taylor watched from the bench as FSV Frankfurt picked up their second win of the season with their 3-1 victory at Oberhausen.
Luis Robles is expected to be on Kaiserslautern's bench on Monday when they hit the road to face Union Berlin, hoping to re-take the league lead with a victory.
Ian Joy sat out Ingolstadt's resounding 4-2 win over VfB Stuttgart II on Friday with a slight injury.