BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim's horror start to the season continued against Frankfurt, while Jermaine Jones helped Schalke to its first Bundesliga win of the season.
1899 Hoffenheim 0 - 4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Fabian Johnson played the full 90 minutes at left back for Hoffenheim, and Danny Williams played the second half at defensive midfielder as Frankfurt rocked Hoffenheim at Rhein-Neckar Arena.
At the start, Hoffenheim looked the stronger team but squandered multiple goal-scoring chances early in the game. It would come to bite the team later.
In the 39th minute, Frankfurt opened the scoring. Alexander Meier fired a shot from 20 yards out that took a deflection off Hoffenheim's Marvin Compper before going into the back of the net.
Four minutes later, Pirmin Schwegler doubled Frankfurt's lead. He picked up a clearance, dribbled and sent a rocket into the net from 33 yards away.
The Frankfurters concentrated on possession in the second half and managed to create many goal-scoring chances. At the same time, Frankfurt frustrated Hoffenheim, and the team had two players sent off within four minutes for yellow-red cards- Sejad Salihovic (70th minute) and Stephan Schröck (73rd minute).
After that, Hoffenheim had no chance. Meier added a penalty in the 83rd minute, and Martin Lanig topped off the win for the Frankfurters with headed from point-blank range in the 90th minute.
With the loss, Hoffenheim finds itself in 17th place with the second worst goal differential in the Bundesliga (-5). The team returns to action against Freiburg Sept. 16.
FC Schalke 04 3 - 1 FC Augsburg
Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes at defensive midfield for Schalke before being substituted, as Schalke dominated Augsburg Saturday.
Schalke started the game in a lethargic manner, but it woke up in the 33rd minute. Jefferson Farfan took a corner, and Kyriakos Papadopoulos rose up to head home from 10 yards out.
Schalke came out firing in the second half, with Jones scoring. The American took the ball from around the halfway line, cut inside and then slid the ball under the goalkeeper from eight yards out.
Klass Jan Huntelaar put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute, when Farfan sent in a cross into the box that Huntelaar headed into the back of the net.
Augsburg got a consolation goal in the 79th minute. Daniel Baier's shot went under Schalke goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, with Torstein Oehrl tapping it in from point blank range.
With the win, Schalke jumped into fourth place. The team returns to action Sept. 15 against Greuther Fürth.
VfL Wolfsburg 0 - 4 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo played the entire game at his familiar right back position for Hannover, captaining his team to its first win against rival Wolfburg in Wolfsburg since 2006.
Hannover dominated from the start, getting the first goal in the 10th minute. Karim Haggui headed in a Szabolcs Huszti corner from the right corner of the six-yard box.
Artur Sobiech doubled Hannover's lead in the 26th minute. After Wolfsburg gave up possession cheaply in the midfield, Huszti threaded through to Sobiech, who slotted home from 12 yards out.
The second half didn't get any better, starting in the 52nd minute. Leon Andreasen ran rampant in the box to meet a Huszti free kick with his head, beating the goalkeeper to near post.
Four minutes later, Sobiech scored his second of the game. Huszti sent another cross to the far side of the net, and Sobiech, all alone, headed it into the net.
From there, Hannover held on for a big victory. With the win, Hannover moved into third place. The team returns to action Sept. 15 against Werder Bremen.
SV Darmstadt 98 0 - 2 1. FC Heidenheim
Preston Zimmerman played 90 minutes as Darmstadt's woes to start the season continued Sunday.
Heidenheim had the better start, but neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first half. Heidenheim changed that in the second half.
After a Darmstadt mistake in the midfield, Marc Schnatterer got the ball and beat Darmstadt goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann.
Then, in the 63rd minute, Bastian Heidenfelder put the game beyond the Lillies' reach.
With the loss, Darmstadt dropped into the relegation zone. The team returns to action Sept. 15 against Halle.
Preußen Münster 0 - 0 VfB Stuttgart II
Matt Taylor played the 90 minutes at forward for the Eagles in this rather dull goalless affair.
Although neither team scored, both teams had a plethora of chances in the early going. Taylor had a pair of good chances in the first half alone but couldn't convert either chance.
The second half was much duller, though Antonio Rüdiger received his second yellow of the game in the 88th minute.
With the tie, Münster fell into fifth place in the 3.Bundesliga. The team returns to action Sept. 15 against Osnabrück.
Stuttgarter Kickers 3 - 1 Alemannia Aachen
Royal-Dominique Fennell played the entire game at center for the Kickers, as the team continued its hot start to life in the 3.Bundesliga with two unanswered goals in the second half.
It didn't take long for the Kickers to score. In the third minute, Mahir Savranlioglu met a Fabio Leutenecker cross and put it in the back of the net.
That lead held for the rest of the half, but Aachen pulled it back early in the second half. In the 47th minute, Fabian Baumgärtel took a direct free kick and scored.
Stuttgart then scored two unanswered goals to get the three points. First, in the 59th minute, defender Julian Leist headed in a free kick. Then, in the 88th minute, Kai Evers sent a cross that Mario Grüttner met with his head and put into the net.
With the win, the Kickers moved into eighth place. The team returns to action Sept. 16 against Dortmund II.
Joe Gyau did not make St. Pauli's lineup, as the team beat Sandhausen 2-1. Forward Andrew Wooten played the final 15 minutes for Sandhausen.
Goalkeeper David Yelldell didn't make Leverkusen's lineup in the team's 2-0 win over Freiburg.
Jered Jeffrey did not feature in Mainz's 1-0 loss to Greuther Fürth Friday.
Alfredo Morales will hope to make Hertha Berlin's lineup when the team takes on 1. FC Union Berlin Monday.