RECAP: GERMAN WEEKEND ACTION
Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg showed some heart under new head coach Gertjan Verbeek, but had nothing to show for it versus Freiburg, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt remain bottom in 2.Liga.
FC Nürnberg 0 - 3 SC Freiburg
Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg were dealt a thorough defeat by 10-man and fellow strugglers Freiburg on Friday.
Chandler put in 90 minutes at right back as new head coach Gertjan Verbeek made his coaching debut in front of the home fans; The Dutchman sent out the same group that started a week ago in their 1-1 draw to Stuttgart.
From the beginning Nürnberg looked determined to get their first W of the season as they put Freiburg's back line under heavy duress and created excellent scoring chances in the 19th, 22nd and 26th minutes only to be thwarted each time by keeper Oliver Baumann.
In the 28th minute, Nürnberg finally got the ball past Baumann as Manuel Pogatetz headed home from close range only to have the referee disallow the goal for a questionable off-the-ball foul.
In the 57th minute, the guests from Freiburg showed the hosts a thing or two about efficacy. Sebstian Fries fed a wide-open Felix Klaus, who did not hesitate to fire Freiburg ahead with their first chance on goal.
In the 68th minute Nürnberg caught a break as Oliver Sorg was sent off for his second bookable offense after arguing with the referee.
Nevertheless, it was the guests that kept attacking with success: first Vladimir Darida connected on a long-range effort in the 79th minute, before Admir Mehmedi slotted home in the 88th to put the game away.
Up next for Nürnberg and Chandler is a Saturday road trip to take on Borussia Mönchengladbach.
SC Paderborn 1 - 1 FC Ingolstadt
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt coughed up a lead and had to settle for a point versus Paderborn in 2.Liga.
Morales put in 90 minutes for Ingolstadt, who were without starting midfielder Almog Cohen as the Israeli was forced to sit out due to a red card last time out; Pascal Groß took over for Cohen in midfield.
It was an open affair from the opening whistle as both teams had chance galore. Paderborn saw promising attacks in the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 18th minutes, while Ingolstadt should have done better with their opportunities in the 5th, 12th, 17th and 26th minutes.
Ingolstadt finally found an opener in the 27th minute as Tomas Hajnal whipped in a corner to Brazilian striker Caiuby, who made no mistake in firing home from five meters out.
Markus Krösche put Paderborn back on level terms in the 64th minute, pouncing on a loose ball and toe-poking it past keeper Ramazan Özcan.
Marvin Matip nearly grabbed a winner for Ingolstadt five minutes later, but his headed thundered off the post.
With the point, Ingolstadt remains bottom on 11 points. Up next for Morales and company is a home fixture versus Aalen.
Preußen Münster 1 - 2 Hansa Rostock
Matt Taylor went the distance for Münster, who fell to a late goal versus Hansa Rostock.
Taylor got the start for the Eagles who have been struggling to pick up victories this season as evinced by their current 17th place in the table.
Rostock drew first blood in the 20th minute as Tommy Grupe headed home a corner from seven yards out.
Münster equalized in the 77th as Jens Truckenbrod beat Rostock keeper Johannes Brinkies with a well-placed right-footed shot.
Taylor was denied a winner three minutes later by the crossbar, before Leonhard Haas landed a late lucky punch to give Rostock all three points.
Taylor and Münster travel to Saarbrücken next week in their next 3.Liga contest.
Jermaine Jones came on late for Schalke to put in ten minutes as the Royal Blues knocked off Berlin 2-0.
Fabian Johnson missed Hoffenheim's 2-1 loss to Bayern Munich due to injury.
Steve Cherundolo was not named to the Hannover bench, as the Lower Saxons continue to work on acquiring his player license. Hannover lost to Bremen 3-2.
Bobby Wood did not make it off the bench for 1860 Munich as the Lions fell to Dresden 3-1.