DAVID SMITH - Monday, February 28, 2011
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover solidified their hold on third place with a win at St. Pauli while Edson Buddle found the net for Ingolstadt in their blowout win over Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC.
FC Schalke 04 1 - 1 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler played the full 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon as the team jumped out to a first half lead, but were forced to hang on for a hard-fought draw thanks to a second-half charge from their hosts Schalke 04.
Nürnberg struck first in the 37th minute when Jens Hegeler cleaned up a deflection from Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer that landed right at his feet, however Schalke equalized shortly after the break when Raul took advantage of a mistake by defender Markus Mendler in front of goal.
Details of the game are given in a Yanks Abroad press box report.
FC St. Pauli 0 - 1 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover took all three points on their trip to St. Pauli on Saturday in dramatic fashion, benefiting from an injury-time winner by Christian Schulz to move back into third place.
DaMarcus Beasley was not included on the bench for the game.
Hannover came close to going ahead after 15 minutes when Lars Stindl capped a run from the right with a 22-yard blast which hit the upright, but chances were few and far between for both teams with the game looking destined for a stale scoreless result.
Hannover added another shot to what has been a remarkable season for the team in the final minute of regulation, when a 25-yard free kick from Sergio Pinto headed for the lower left corner was blocked out by Pauli keeper Robert Zieler.
On the ensuing corner, Christian Schulz rose high to head home Pinto's set piece, locking up the dramatic win for the visitors.
The win pushes Hannover two points ahead of FC Bayern in the race for third place, with the two teams facing off on Saturday afternoon in a game which could prove pivotal to the hopes of both teams in the race for the league's final Champions League spot.
FC Union Berlin 0 - 1 TSV 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood played the final 19 minute of 1860's game at Union Berlin on Friday afternoon, helping to set up a late winning goal which broke the team's four-game winless streak.
Torsten Mattuschka had Union's first crack at goal in the tenth minute, forcing Gabor Kiraly into a diving save with his shot from the right-hand side of the area, then the Hungarian keeper came up big moments later to block a pair of shots from Dominic Peitz.
Both teams pressed throughout the opening half and had several chances each to go ahead, with Kevin Volland frustratingly making a mess of an enticing one-on-one with Union keeper Marcel Höttecke in the 33rd minute.
The game calmed down substantially in the second half, with neither team able to take hold or produce any biting play around their opponent's goal.
Wood was brought on as an offensive spark by head coach Reiner Maurer in the 71st minute, and did his job well on the attacking side to help his team net the winning goal two minutes before the end of regulation.
The American U-20 player worked his way up the left side of the field and knocked a pass under pressure over to Kai Bülow, who knocked it over Volland just inside the 18-yard box with a single touch.
The 18 year-old German youth international ran onto the ball with perfect timing to fire his high one-timed shot out of Höttecke's reach and into the back of the net for the late winner.
The Lions move into tenth place with the three points in the bag, and will next host relegation candidates Rot-Weiß Oberhausen on Friday.
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 0 - 0 MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell put in his usual strong performance in goal for Duisburg on Friday to help his team shut out Oberhausen, however a third straight scoreless game for the Zebras saw them forced to settle for a draw.
With a string of poor results in recent weeks stemming from their inability to get on the scoreboard, Duisburg were dealt another blow early in the game when young midfielder Julian Koch had to be stretchered off with a knee injury, possibly leaving head coach Milan Sasic without his services over the coming weeks.
His replacement Filip Trojan forced a fine save from Oberhausen keeper Soeren Pirson in the 34th minute after a fine job by Olcay Sahan to keep the ball under pressure from several defenders on the edge of the six-yard box.
Yelldell kept is team in the running with a pair of rapid-fire reflex saves on shots from Ronny König and Mike Terranova.
The second half saw a largely defensive battle with neither team looking close to finding a winner, with the final whistle giving each their share of the points.
Duisburg remain in sixth place, now five points out of the third-place promotion playoff spot. They will host Cottbus in the German Cup semifinal on Tuesday, then welcome last-place Bielefeld five days later for a game which they hope will snap their three-game run without a league victory.
Karlsruher SC 1 - 4 FC Ingolstadt 04
Edson Buddle came in as a 76th-minute substitute for Ingolstadt on Sunday, putting the team's fourth goal past Karlsruhe keeper Luis Robles in the important relegation six-pointer for both teams.
Ingolstadt defender Amaechi Igwe is nearing his return from an extended knee injury-related absence however is still not back to suiting up for the first team yet.
Ingolstadt got off to a blazing start when Moritz Hartmann poked a short pass through the legs of a Karlsruhe defender to Stefan Leitl, who beat Robles with his low shot just inside the right post in the fifth minute.
Leitl turned provider for Ingolstadt's second goal in the 38th minute, finding Caiuby with a through ball to the left side, which the Brazilian controlled and shot low through the legs of Robles to roll over the line for 2-0.
Leitl then made it three for the visitors eight minutes after the break, nailing his spot kick to the left side of goal after Robles had brought Hartmann down in front of goal, a play for which he received his first yellow of the season.
Buddle entered the game with four minutes left and didn't wait long to make his mark, heading in a long free kick from Fabian Gerber in the 80th minute for his long-awaited second goal with the "Schanzer".
Karlsruhe grabbed a consolation goal one minute from full time when Andrei Cristea hit a low acute-angled shot from the left of the penalty area, however it little to lessen the blow of yet another poor defensive performance by the hosts.
Karlsruhe drop into the 16th-place relegation playoff spot, and face a tough trip to Bochum on Saturday.
Ingolstadt remain in one of the division's two automatic relegation spots in 17th, however are now just three points from potentially moving entirely out of the drop zone. They will hope to make further strides to ensuring their place in the 2. Bundesliga on Sunday when they host Aachen.
Rot Weiss Ahlen 0 - 3 Eintracht Braunschweig
Matt Taylor went the distance for Ahlen on Saturday afternoon, but they were unable to hold off 3. Liga leaders Eintracht Braunschweig in their three-goal loss.
The league leadlers Braunschweig took the lead in the 41st minute when Dennis Kruppke was the beneficiary of a set-up from Karim Bellarabi, however the hosts kept the game close until midway through the second half.
Deniz Dogan first put in a corner delivered by Mirko Boland in the 71st minute for the 2-0 lead, then Mathias Fetsch made it a trio of goals three minutes later Mathias Fetsch had no problems to tap the ball into an open net after Ken Reichel forced Ahlen keeper Andre Maczkowiak off his line with a tricky run into the area.
Ahlen remain in 16th place after the loss, how two points ahead of the relegation zone. They next travel to tenth-place Jena, who were inactive over the weekend after having their game in Regensburg canceled due to inclement weather.
Daniel Williams is still out recovering from a knee injury and was not a part of the SC Freiburg squad which lost at Cologne on Saturday thanks to a spectacular last-minute goal by Lukas Podolski.
Ricardo Clark is still working back from a broken cheekbone and did not suit up for Eintracht Frankfurt's scoreless draw against visiting VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
Alfredo Morales has returned to working with Hertha Berlin's Regionalliga team and did not suit up for the first team's 5-0 win at Aachen on Saturday.