SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, February 25, 2013
Jermaine Jones and Schalke got back to winning ways, Timmy Chandler and Nuremberg picked up a point, while Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim dropped into the danger zone.
Schalke 04 2 - 1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Schalke and Jermaine Jones snapped a five-game winless streak picking up all three points versus Fortuna Düsseldorf thanks to two goals by Joel Matip.
Jones got the start in midfield as head coach Jens Keller went with the exact same 11 that performed so well midweek versus Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Jones played a part in Schalke taking the lead in the 30th minute as the American flicked Jefferson Farfan's free kick across the face of goal to Matip, who nudged the ball across the line with his leg.
In the 41st minute Jones was cautioned for a professional foul on Daniel Schahin, who Jones was forced to bring down after Julian Draxler gave the ball away in a terrible spot; it was Jones' fourth caution of the year.
Düsseldorf snatched an equalizer in the 55th minute through Axel Bellinghausen, who started the attacking movement by intercepting the ball and then working the ball up the field with Schahin. Bellinghausen continued his run and tapped in Andreas Lambertz' cross from close range.
Schalke, however, battled back and grabbed a late winner through Matip, who collected an errant shot on goal by Michael Bastos, pirouetted and slotted home past Düsseldorf keeper Fabian Giefer in the 81st minute.
Jones and Schalke will look to continue the positive trend on Saturday as they travel to take on VfL Wolfsburg.
VfB Stuttgart 1 - 1 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler started for Nürnberg and went the distance as the Franconians came back to grab a point against VfB Stuttgart.
Chandler, who has started every match this season for the Franconians, picked up his fifth yellow of the year in the 58th minute after mistiming his challenge. As a result he will be suspended for next week's match.
Nuremberg found themselves down a goal after 51 minutes as Stuttgart's Ibrahima Traoré volleyed a rebound from ten yards out past keeper Rafael Schaeffer.
As they did a week ago, however, Nuremberg clawed back.
In the 77th minute, Markus Feulner collected a pass from Chandler in midfield and slashed his way close to the area, where he beat keeper Sven Ulreich with a right-footed effort that sailed inside the far post.
With the point Nuremberg and Chandler are in a three-way tie for 13th place with 27 points, nine clear of the drop zone. Nuremberg travels to Freiburg on Saturday.
FC Augsburg 2 - 1 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim, who fell to Augsburg and continued their free fall down the standings.
Johnson, who went the distance for Hoffenheim, was the only American to see any action; Daniel Williams was an unused sub, while Michael Parkhurst was a late scratch from the Augsburg 11 due to a bout with the flu.
Augsburg took the lead just before the break as Korean striker Dong Won Ji went full extension to latch onto Matthias Ostrzolek's cross and redirect it past Hoffenheim keeper Hercules Gomes in the 45th minute.
Sascha Mölders doubled Augsburg's lead in the 79th minute, effectively putting the game to bed with a well-struck left-footed shot that beat Gomes to the keeper's left.
Hoffenheim did pull one back through Igor De Camargo in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, but it was too little, too late.
The loss drops Hoffenheim to 17th place in the 18 team Bundesliga. Things will not be any easier next week as Hoffenheim and Johnson host first place Bayern Munich.
Sandhausen 1 - 3 SC Paderborn
Andrew Wooten put in 71 minutes of work for Sandhausen Sunday afternoon falling to Paderborn.
Wooten made his sixth start in a row for head coach Hans-Jürgen Boysen and saw his second yellow of the year in the 18th minute for putting the ball in the back of the net after the whistle had blown.
Sandhausen took the lead in the fifth minute through Frank Löning, who collected Marco Pischorn's cross in the box and slotted home with his left.
Paderborn started the comeback in the 56th minute as Daniel Brückner danced past several defenders before firing home with his right from ten yards out.
The comeback was complete ten minutes later after Mario Vrancic converted a direct free kick from just outside the box. Keeper Daniel Ischdonat reacted too late and could only get to it once it was over the line.
In the last minute of regulation, Paderborn's Phillip Hofmann ended any hopes of a comeback by capping off a fine solo effort with a left-footed shot past Ischdonat.
With the loss, Sandhausen remains in 17th place with 18 points. Up next is an away match versus Jahn Regensburg.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1 - 2 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood came on as a second-half sub and helped kick-start the Munich comeback over Braunschweig.
Wood, who started the past two weeks, entered the contest against first-place Braunschweig in the 53rd minute for Marin Tomasov.
The scoring started in the 56th minute as Dominik Kumbela headed home Ken Reichel's cross past Munich keeper Gabor Kiraly.
Munich left it until the 77th to grab an equalizer through Rob Friend, who punched home Ola Kamara's cross from the left with the inside of his right boot.
The guests from Bavaria then shocked the home crowd in the 85th minute as Benjamin Lauth slipped the ball past keeper Daniel Davari with his left.
Munich and Wood are now in fifth place, six back of Kaiserslautern and the relegation playoff spot. They are back in action on Sunday against Igolstadt.
FC Heidenheim 3 - 0 Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt continued their march towards amateur status after a thorough thrashing at the hands of Heidenheim.
Zimmerman put in 90 minutes of work Saturday, but failed to make an impact for the Hessian club.
Darmstadt found themselves a goal down in the sixth minute as defender Kevin Kraus beat keeper Jan Zimmermann with a header.
The guests were then reduced to ten after Benjamin Gorka saw two yellow cards in rapid succession in the 66th minute: one for a foul and then one for insulting the referee.
Heidenheim took advantage of the added space a mere six minutes later, as Marcel Titsch-Rivero pounced on a rebound to poke past Zimmermann.
Florian Krebs put the game away in five minutes from time, as the midfielder rose up to meet a corner with his head and power the ball into the back of the net.
Zimmerman and Darmstadt are back in action on Wednesday taking on Chemnitz at home.
Matt Taylor and Munster saw their contest versus VfB Stuttgart II canceled due to inclement weather.