RECAP: GERMAN WEEKEND ACTION
Timothy Chandler and FC Nürnberg were thoroughly thrashed by Hamburg, while Matt Taylor and Münster did some thrashing of their own versus Chemnitz.
FC Nürnberg 0 - 5 Hamburg SV
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg were demolished by Hamburg in a battle of Bundesliga bottom dwellers on Sunday thanks to a Pierre Lasogga hat-trick.
Chandler put in 90 minutes for Nuremberg, who are still waiting for their first victory of the year after Hamburg hit five versus the Franconians.
Things began to go south for Nuremberg in the 16th minute when the guests from Northern Germany struck through talismanic Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, who connected on a left-footed volley from nine yards out.
With the onset of the 58th minute, Lasogga took over. First the German took a Van der Vaart pass and blasting it past Nuremberg keeper Rafael Schaeffer from the top of the box.
The duo Van der Vaart / Lasogga hooked up again for their second, the third for Hamburg, just three minutes later, with the Dutchman picking out the German striker on a corner in the 61st minute.
Lasogga completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute as he profited from a horrendous pass by Per Nilsson, taking the post-turnover shot from just over 20 yards out and finding the inside of the right post and subsequently the back of the net.
Tolgay Arslan finished the day's scoring with a strike from 40 yards out, after Schaeffer's clearance landed at the feet of the German.
Chandler and Nuremberg will have roughly two-weeks before their next opportunity at that elusive first victory as the Bundesliga pauses for the scheduled international break. On Saturday, October 19th, the Franconians travel to Frankfurt to face the Eintracht.
Chemnitz 0 - 4 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor and Munster finally picked their second victory of the year by manhandling Chemintz in 3.Liga play.
Taylor put in 83 minutes of action for the Eagles, who ended a 10-game winless streak.
Munster took the lead after just 120 seconds had elapsed as 20-year old defender Simon Scherder elevated to head home his first tally for the guests.
Gaetano Manno made it two for Munster in the 19th minute after netting home a feed from Julian Riedel.
Marcus Piossek out the guests up three in the 36th minute, before closing out the day's scoring with a tap-in from close range in the 41st minute.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is a home tie versus Borussia Dortmund II.
Jermaine Jones was an unused sub for Schalke's 4-1 victory over FC Augsburg.
Fabian Johnson missed out on Hoffenheim 2-2 tie versus Mainz with an ankle sprain.
Alfredo Morales made a late-game cameo in Ingolstadt's 1-0 victory over Bochum.
Andrew Wooten was not named to the Kaiserslautern bench for the Red Devil's 3-0 win.
Bobby Wood did not make it off the bench for 1860 Munich, who played Energie Cottbus to a scoreless tie.