RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Tim Chandler recorded his first Bundesliga start of the season, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt won to pick up their first 2.Bundesliga points.
Bayern Munich 2 - 0 1. FC Nuremberg
Facing an onslaught from their opponent, Tim Chandler and Nuremberg couldn't hold off Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Chandler made his first start of the season, going the distance at right back for Nuremberg.
It was one-way traffic from start to finish, as Bayern held 81 percent of the possession - the highest percentage recorded since the 2004-2005 season when such statistics were first tabulated - and rattled off 26 shots. The problem for Bayern was that Nuremberg held strong in the first half, limiting the shooting opportunities for the record champions.
Bayern's best chance came in the 33rd minute, when the referee ruled Per Nilsson brought down Arjen Robben in the box, but Raphael Schäfer guessed right and blocked David Alaba's penalty kick.
In the second half, Bayern came out determined to score, forcing Schäfer to make multiple great saves. The magic ran out for Der Club in the 69th minute, when Franck Ribery headed in the opening goal off a Philipp Lahm cross.
Nuremberg brought in a couple of offensive substitutions after that, but Bayern took advantage and put the nail in the coffin in the 78th minute. On the right wing, Lahm picked out Robben, who dribbled around a couple of defenders before firing a shot that bounced off the left post and went in the net.
With the loss, Nuremberg dropped into 13th place with two points through three matches. Der Club returns to action next Saturday afternoon against Augsburg.
Hannover 96 2 - 1 FC Schalke 04
In a match that included three red cards, Jermaine Jones and Schalke's sputtering start to the season continued at Hannover on Saturday.
Jones started in defensive midfield and played until the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, when an injury kept him from returning to the field.
Schalke had a miserable first half, starting with captain Benedikt Höwedes' red card in the 14th minute following a professional foul in the box. Szabolocs Huszti stepped and scored the penalty.
Hannover took a two-goal lead into halftime following a goal by Mame Diouf in the 42nd minute. Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand cleared a corner, only for a Hannover player to pick up the ball and take a shot from distance, and that shot was blocked. The ball rolled to the right wing for Huszti, whose cross found Dioufe wide open inside the six-yard box for the easy header.
Schalke came out of halftime motivated to get back into the match, and it paid off in the 55th minute. Christian Clemens sent a short cross to Roman Neustädter, who chested the ball outside the box to Adam Szalai. The Hungarian slid his shot underneath Ron-Robert Zieler to cut Hannover's lead in half.
The Royal Blues received a boost when Hannover's Huszti was sent off by the referee for a bad foul, making it 10-v-10 in the 74th minute. That didn't last long, though, as Schalke's Christian Fuchs picked a second yellow card and left the field in the 85th minute. Thus, Schalke couldn't find the equalizer.
Schalke fell into a tie for 15th place with Hamburg, having recorded one point through the first three matches of the season. The Royal Blues return to action Tuesday in the second leg of its Champion League qualification round against PAOK.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3 - 3 SC Freiburg
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim tied with Freiburg at home on Saturday in match that involved two red cards and a coach being sent to the stands.
Johnson started and went the distance at left back for Hoffenheim.
The drama started in the 10th minute, when Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland won a penalty and Sejad Salihovic converted it. During the goal celebration, Salihovic slapped an opposing player, and the referee showed him red card.
After the red card, Freiburg took the initiative and equalized just three minutes later. Jonathan Schmid used a free kick on the right wing to pass to Oliver Sorg, who stood just outside the box and let a shot fly from 20 yards out. Roberto Firmino blocked the shot, but the deflection carried the ball into the left siding of the net.
Volland retook the lead for the home team in the 25th minute, as he beat a center back to a long pass from Jannik Vestergaard. After a first touch that gave him a little space, Volland clipped a shot from the left that went over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Once again, Freiburg didn't waste much time finding an answer, as the Breisgau Brazilians equalized in the 29th minute. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels palmed away a Schmid free kick, but the ball went straight to Freiburg's Julian Schuster, who headed the ball back to the center. Karim Guede met the centering header inside the six-yard box and scored.
The drama of the first 45 minutes wasn't over, as Freiburg's Francis Coquelin received a yellow-red card and coach Christian Streich was sent to the stands in the 42nd minute.
The Breisgauern came out of the break the more dangerous team, and they took the lead in the 65th minute through a Sebastian Freis volleyed goal off a Schmid corner. Freiburg held that lead until the 77th minute, when Hoffenheim substitute Tobias Strobl stole the ball in midfield and launched a 24-yard shot past the Freiburg goalkeeper.
Although Freiburg went down to nine men in the first minute of stoppage time with an Admir Mehmedi red card, Hoffenheim couldn't find the match-winning goal. Following the tie, Hoffenheim is in eighth place with five points, and the team returns to action next Sunday at Stuttgart.
FC Ingolstadt 04 3 - 2 Arminia Bielefeld
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt recorded their first points of the season thanks to a pair of late second-half goals in a win over Bielefeld on Friday.
Morales started and went 77 minutes as a defensive midfielder in the winning effort.
Ingolstadt's struggles to start the season looked to continue early, when Bielefeld took a lead in the fifth minute. Off Bielefeld's first corner of the match, Fabian Klos rose up in the box unmarked and headed the ball into the net from nine yards away.
After getting over the initial shock, Ingolstadt searched for a response and got one in the 31st minute. In a dangerous free kick situation just outside the 18-yard box, Tamas Hajnal tapped the ball over to forward Philipp Hofmann, whose 20-yard shot flew into the left side of the net.
In the second half, things didn't pick up until the 73rd minute, when Klos found Philipp Riese, who made a run toward the left side of the 18-yard box, and once receiving the ball, he launched a shot that beat Schanzer goalkeeper Ramazan Ŏzcan to the near post.
Ingolstadt wasted little time finding an equalizer, as Jonas Strifler took Caiuby da Silva down in the box, and Hajnal slotted home from the spot in the 76th minute. Three minutes later, Caiuby set up the match-winning goal on a counter. His cross from the left wing went to Christian Eigler, whose shot ricocheted off the cross bar, but Eigler couldn't be denied, heading in the rebound.
The win moved Ingolstadt one position and out of last place in the 2.Bundesliga. Die Schanzer play next at Dresden on Sunday.
SC Paderborn 07 1 - 0 TSV 1860 Munich
A goal in the middle of the second half sank Bobby Wood and an offensively anemic 1860 Munich on Sunday.
Wood started up top in the Lions' 4-4-2 formation but came off in the 58th minute.
Both defenses held strong in the first half, allowing little trouble inside the 18-yard boxes. Paderborn looked more dangerous to start the second half and eventually took the lead in the 71st minute. Mario Vrancic sent in a cross tot eh six-yard box that found Jens Wemmer, who headed the ball into the net.
The Lions couldn't find an answer after that, although they did press for an equalizer. Despite the loss, 1860 Munich held on to third place in the 2.Bundesliga on goal differential, and the team returns to action Friday against Sandhausen.
Preußen Münster 0 - 3 Holstein Kiel
Matt Taylor and Münster allowed three goals in the first 35 minutes to record their first loss of the season against Kiel on Saturday.
Taylor started up top for the Eagles and played 63 minutes before a head injury suffered in an challenge with Kiel goalkeeper Maximilian Riedmüller ended his day.
Münster had the better start of the two teams, but it was Kiel which opened the scoring in the in the 16th minute. Rafael Kazior put his free kick from the left wing to the far post, where defender Marcel Gebers headed the ball into the net.
Kiel doubled its lead in the 26th minute thanks to Marc Heider. The midfielder received the ball toward the left side of the 18-yard box, letting the ball go across his body and taking a touch before beating Münster goalkeeper Daniel Masuch to the near post.
The away team put the match away in the 34th minute on a break. Heider got behind his marker because of a through ball and a heel-kick pass by Kazior, and after Masucj came off his line to stop Heider, he centered the ball to Tim Siedschlag, who tapped the ball into the net.
For the rest of the match, Kiel sat back and allowed Münster to control the ball, but the Eagles couldn't find the back of the net. Münster dropped into 11th place and returns to action next Saturday at Elversberg.
John Anthony Brooks started at center back for Hertha Berlin but left in the 23rd minute because of a thigh problem in Berlin's 1-0 win over Hamburg on Saturday.
Michael Parkhurst didn't dress for Augsburg in the Fuggerstädter's 2-1 win over Stuttgart on Sunday.
Andrew Wooten was an unused substitute in Kaiserslautern's 4-0 loss at Aalen on Saturday.
In the Stuttgarter Derby on Sunday, Royal-Dominique Fennell dressed but did not come off the bench for the Kickers in their 2-0 loss to Stuttgart II in 3.Liga action. Jerome Kiesewetter wasn't in the lineup for Stuttgart II.