CLINT WADDELL - Sunday, December 6, 2009
Michael Bradley and Mönchengladbach fell on the road against Louis Van Gaal's Bayern Munich while Steve Cherundolo and the Hannover defense kept Bayer Leverkusen at bay.
Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley had no time to reflect on the USA's World Cup draw as as Mönchengladbach fell in Munich to Bayern immediately after the results were announced.
Bradley was caught watching in the 19th minute as Mario Gomez drilled a shot from 19 yards out into the lower right corner of the goal.
Bradley would redeem himself nine minutes later, with a nifty one-touch pass to free Roel Brouwers for an unmarked shot from 15 yards.
Unfortunately, the possibility of points on the road didn't seem to motivate the visitors in the second half. Both teams came out less fired up than many visitors to Munich's Christmas Markets, and there was little action until Holger Badstuber hit a perfect curling free kick into the top left corner that left Mönchengladbach keeper Logan Bailly with no chance.
Bradley picked up his third yellow card of the season in the 53rd minute for a bad foul. Raul Bobadilla came in for him in the 79th minute to generate more offense. It was to no avail, however, as they failed to tie the match.
Mönchengladbach next hosts Hannover 96 on Saturday in a clash of the only Americans starting the Bundesliga.
Hannover 96 0 - 0 Bayer Leverkusen
Steve Cherundolo and Hanover held league leaders Leverkusen to a scoreless draw on Saturday.
Hannover captain Arnold Bruggink missed a golden chance when his shot from 25 yards out was tipped over the bar on a sequence started by Cherundolo's interception of a Leverkusen pass.
Ten minutes later, Eren Derdiyok almost scored from 10 yards out, but his shot went just wide. Leverkusen missed another great chance in the 39th minute when Cherundolo lost Tranquillo Barnetta, but his shot was saved nicely by keeper Florian Fromlowitz.
In the second half, both teams picked up the pace. Jiri Stajner almost put the hosts ahead when his shot from 15 yards was just wide.
Leverkusen came close to scoring twice on corner kicks, a problem area all day for Hannover. In the 65th minute a shot was cleared off the line and Fromlowitz made a great reflex save ten minutes later.
Hannover 96 travels to Mönchengladbach on Saturday to face Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
St. Pauli 5 – 1 TuS Koblenz
It was a tough day beween the posts for David Yeldell as TuS Koblenz went down to St. Pauli in Hamburg on Saturday.
Yeldell was solid between the posts but just wasn't able to hold off second-place St. Pauli and it would take only 10 minutes for the home team to get on the board. After deflecting a close-range shot over the end line, Yeldell was beat by Marius Ebbers on the ensuing corner kick. A cross from Max Kruse to the far post found Ebbers who put his header in the back of the net.
Kruse continued the scoring in the 27th minute when he collected a poorly-cleared corner kick and sent the ball past Yeldell into the bottom right corner. He would score once again after the break, latching onto a pass from Matthias Lehmann in the 55th minute, dribbling past defender Matej Mavric and beating Yeldell.
The bad day got worse in the 72nd minute, when Charles Takyi played a through ball to Deniz Naki, who was sandwiched by Mavric and Dominique Ndjeng and brought down in the box. Florian Bruns converted a penalty and made it 4-0. Naki set up the next goal for St. Pauli just seven minutes later by passing to a wide-open Rouwen Hennings who put the ball in the far corner.
Koblenz would finally get on the board right before the final whistle, when a blown offsides trap left forward Njazi Kuqi one on one against goalie Matthias Hain. Kuqi drilled his shot past Hain, who didn't have a chance.
Koblenz remain in 16th place with just 12 points. Things will not be any easier for them as they host first-place Kaiserslautern next Saturday.
Jermaine Jones has returned to training, but was not on the bench for Schalke's 2-0 home win against Hertha Berlin. Bryan Arguez did not make the bench for Berlin.
Matthew Taylor came in as a substitute in the 85th minute for Frankfurt on Friday, but wasn't able to help erase the deficit as they lost away to FC Augsburg 2-0.
Luis Robles watched from the bench as Kaiserslautern beat Hansa in Rostock 1-0 on Saturday to remain in pole position.
1860 Munich was once again without forward Kenny Cooper on Saturday as they beat Oberhausen 1-0.
Ian Joy did not suit up for Ingolstadt as they moved into top spot in the 3. Liga with their 2-1 road victory over SV Sandhausen.