RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Tim Chandler's return to Frankfurt's starting lineup ended in a loss, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt added another positive road result in Düsseldorf.
Hanover 96 1 - 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler and Frankfurt shot themselves in the foot with a late own goal in Hannover on Saturday.
Chandler started and went the distance at right back for the Adler.
Hannover really took it to the away team in the early going, and the Roten should have taken the lead in the 19th minute, as Jimmy Briand headed a cross into the back of the net, but the referee whistled him for a foul on Frankfurt left back David Kinsombi to erase the goal.
That may have been Hannover's best chance of the opening 45 minutes, but the Roten dominated all aspects of the game. They owned 71 percent possession, played more than double the passes as the Adler and had seven corners that came to nothing.
The second half continued in the same fashion, but the Adler held strong until the 88th minute, when a big mistake was their undoing. Off a Hiroshi Kiyotake free kick, Marcelo skied high to head the ball that was going off target, when Frankfurt center back Alexander Madlung met it. Instead of clearing the ball, however, Madlung deflected the ball back toward the net off his right thigh, and the ball bounced into the back of the net.
With the loss, Frankfurt dropped to - place, and the Adler return to action next Saturday when they host Bayern Munich.
Karlsruher SC 1 - 1 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen took a point home in their Nordbaden Derby against Karlsruhe Friday.
Wooten started and went the distance at forward for Sandhausen in the tie.
Strong defensive play, especially by Sandhausen, and plenty of fouls in the midfield kept either team from creating many goal-scoring opportunities in the first half, and the match went into the break scoreless. The second half started the same way until the coaches made some substitutions to change the flow of the match.
It was Karlsruhe's substitute who made the first impact, as Manuel Torres put KSC ahead in the 65th minute. It started with an Ilijan Micanski cross from the left wing to the middle of the 18-yard box, where Torres received and controlled it. Taking a touch to the penalty spot, Torres let a left-footed shot fly, and a Sandhausen defender deflected said shot into the lower right corner of the net.
Sandhausen's sub had a more immediate impact, as three minutes after Rene Gartler's introduction in the match during the 70th minute, the away team equalized. Gartelr had a shot from close distance blocked by Karlsruhe goalkeeper Dirk Orlishausen, but the rebound bounced to Manuel Stiefler, who banged it into the back of the net.
KSC had a couple of chances late to secure three points, but SVS goalkeeper Marco Knaller came up with a couple of big saves to keep the match even.
With the tie, Sandhausen fell into 16th place, and the team returns to action next Friday against Nuremberg.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 0 - 0 FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt stretched their unbeaten run on the road to 19 matches in a goalless draw at Düsseldorf on Friday.
Morales started in central midfield but didn't play the second half after picking up a yellow card in the 29th minute for a late challenge - his fourth of the season.
Considering the way the first half went, Ralph Hasenhüttl's decision to pull off Morales made sense. Two bad injuries early on a 50-50 challenge and many fouls marred the opening 45 minutes, and outside of a Lukas Hinterseer chance in the 20th minute that went over the crossbar, neither team created anything of note.
In the second half, Ingolstadt twice came close to breaking the stalemate. Moritz Hartmann headed a ball toward net, only for Düsseldorf defensive midfielder Sergio da Silva Pinto clear it off the line. Then, in the 60th minute, Marvin Matip had a short-distance shot clang off the post to keep it goalless.
Düsseldorf also had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute, but Ingolstadt goalkeeper Ramazan Özcan stopped a shot off the line. After that, neither team created any chances, and in the end, they split the points.
With the draw, Ingolstadt maintained its five-point advantage atop the 2.Bundesliga standings, and the Schanzer return to action next Sunday against Union Berlin.
Holstein Kiel 1 - 0 Arminia Bielefeld
Marc Heider fired Kiel to its seventh consecutive match without a loss when the Storks hosted Bielefeld on Saturday in 3.Liga action.
Heider started and went 78 minutes at left midfielder for Kiel.
Kiel came into the match with a lot of momentum, but first-place Bielefeld was the biggest test so far for the Storks. It seems Kiel was up for the challenge, as the home team began the match with a higher intensity and won plenty of challenges in the midfield.
It paid off in the 36th minute with some help from a big mistake by Bielefeld goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. Off a long ball, Rafel Kazior pushed it along to teammate Manuel Schäffler, who lost pulled Schwolow away from the net, and the two lost the ball. Heider was there to clean up and tapped the ball into the back of the net.
After not creating a chance in the first half, Bielefeld tried to equalize in the second half to stay atop the German 3.Liga, but the Storks held strong defensively to keep the Arminien at bay for the most part. Bielefeld did have a great chance in the first minute of stoppage time, as Fabian Klos was alone in the penalty area with the ball, but Kiel keeper Kenneth Kronholm blocked the shot to secure the three points.
Kiel stayed in 11th place with the tie, but the Storks are now just four points out of a promotion spot in a crowded promotion race. They return to action next Sunday against Fortuna Köln.
VfB Stuttgart II 2 -1 Borussia Dortmund II
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II came back with two second-half goals to beat Dortmund II on Sunday.
Kiesewetter started and went the distance for the Schwaben on the right wing.
Dortmund II didn't need long to take the lead, as Edisson Jordanov scored in the sixth minute. Going down so early at home, Stuttgart II tried to do too much in finding an equalizer for the rest of the first half without any success.
Considering the struggles in the first half, Stuttgart coach Jürgen Kramny made a double switch in Borys Tashchy and Markus Obernoster, and those substitutions affected the match rather quickly in favor of the Schwaben. In the 51st minute, Raphael Holzhauser equalized for Stuttgart on a penalty kick, and then in the 59th minute, Obernoster found the back of the net to give the Schwaben the lead.
The Schwarzgelben had no answer after that, and Stuttgart II picked up the win. The Schwaben still sit in 12th place with 24 points, and the team returns to action next Saturday at Rostock.
Julian Green wasn't in the 18 for Hamburg's 1-0 win over Leverkusen on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson dressed but didn't come off the bench in Mönchengladbach's 3-1 win over his former team Hoffenheim, 3-1, on Fohlen coach Lucien Favre's 57th birthday.
John Anthony Brooks made the 18 but didn't play in Hertha BSC's 3-1 loss at Paderborn on Sunday.
Bobby Wood didn't dress in 1860 Munich's 3-0 win over Bochum on Sunday.
Terrence Boyd and RasenBallsport Leipzig face off with Kaiserslautern on Monday.
Royal-Dominique Fennell was an unused substitute in the Stuttgarter Kickers' 1-1 draw in Dresden on Saturday.