BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Monday, February 22, 2010
Michael Bradley went the full 90 minutes as Borussia tied away at Hoffenheim while Daniel Williams only worked half as long for Freiburg.
1899 Hoffenheim 2 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley started and went the distance in midfield for Gladbach as the Foals gave up a two goal lead late and threw away two points on Friday night in Hoffenheim.
Though the hosts controlled the tempo throughout most of the first half hour, Borussia was the first to get on the board when Hoffenheim captain Per Nilsson was penalized for a handball that looked to be clearly outside of the box with a yellow card and a penalty kick.
The guest's Belgian defender Filip Daems had no sympathy for his Swedish counterpart's plight and calmy slotted home the penalty to give the guests the lead.
Israeli striker Roberto Colautti doubled the lead just six minutes into the second half with a header that stood up despite Hoffenheim's vehement protests for an offside call.
Five minutes later Timo Hildebrand saved the hosts from going further in the hole with a great save on Juan Arango from a tough angle.
Against the run of play in the 69th minute Hoffenheim finally got their act together as Carlos Eduardo got by both his country man Dante and Bradley to lay the ball of for Vedad Ibisevic to tap in.
The foals tried to absorb the pressure and Bradley let a 76th minute counter attack chance go to waste as Hoffenheim desperately looked for the equalizer.
They would finally get it just a minute before the final whistle as Daems blocked a Ibisevic cross with his arm and the Brazilian Carlos Eduardo added a penalty kick goal to his earlier assist.
The tie leaves the two teams even on points, with Hoffenheim in the 10th spot and Gladbach one back because of a inferior goal differential.
Borussia get to return home next weekend to square off against relegation threatened Frieburg.
SC Freiburg 0 - 3 Hertha Berlin
Freiburg youngster Daniel Williams started but was removed at halftime as Freiburg bombed at home Sunday against Hertha.
Adrian Ramos kicked off the scoring just before the half hour mark knocking in a kick save rebound from Freiburg Simon Pouplin after Rafael was left to jaunt through the heart of the home team's defense.
Hertha's Cicero combined for a nice South American one-two with Ramos seven minutes later and buried his shot in the side netting from the left side on a tough angle.
Williams was replaced at the half by Daniel Caligiuri, who ten minutes after his appearance stopped Theofanis Gekas from turning at the penalty spot only for the ball to fall to Cicero who once again punished Pouplin for his second goal of the game.
The capital club remains in last place despite the win but are now only four points back from Freiburg's 15th position and safety.
Steve Cherundolo is still out with a shoulder injury and missed Hannover's 4:1 drubbing at the hands of Dortmund Saturday.
Ricardo Clark will have to wait even longer to make his Eintracht Frankfurt debut winter signing missed this weekend's trip to Hamburg with a calf injury. Frankfurt were able to steal a point away from HSV in a game in which neither side found the back of the net.
Jared Jeffrey did not dress for Mainz as the Mardi Gras club and Bochum played to a scoreless tie Saturday afternoon.
Jermaine Jones is still rehabilitating a broken leg and did not dress as Schalke relinquished a halftime lead to fall 2-1 to Wolfsburg on the road Sunday.
Matt Taylor did not make the bench for FSV Frankfurt as they beat Karlsruhe 2:1 at home on Sunday.
David Yelldell was on the bench but did not play as Koblenz fell away 3:2 in Berlin to 1. FC Union Berlin on Friday night.
Luis Robles watched from the bench as Kaiserslautern downed St. Pauli 3-0 at home on Monday night.