RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC beat Dortmund, while Alfredo Morales and Ingosltadt expanded their lead atop the 2.Bundesliga with a win.
TSG Hoffenheim 3 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt
In a match highlighted by an exciting second half, Tim Chandler and Frankfurt gave up a late goal to fall to Hoffenheim on Friday.
Chandler started at right back for the Adler in the losing effort.
For all the fireworks late in the match, it started off slow, as it took until the 36th minute before either team created a really good goal-scoring opportunity.
Hoffenheim managed to open the scoring in the 43rd minute when Roberto Firmino jumped off a turnover in the midfield and passed to Kevin Volland. The German striker finished off the play by slotting the ball home.
At the start of the second half, Frankfurt was looking for a spark, and it got it in the 58th minute. Makoto Hasebe passed out to Bastian Oczipka on the left wing, and Oczipka crossed a ball into the box. Stefan Aigner volleyed the cross with his left foot in the six-yard box just inside the right post.
The match really picked up after that goal, starting with Hoffenheim substitute Adam Szalai's right-footed shot in the 66th minute to give the Sinsheimer the lead again.
Eleven minutes later, another substitute, this time for the Adler, set up a second Frankfurt equalizer. Lucas Piazon played a good pass to Haris Seferovic, who needed a little luck to get the ball past Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and over the line.
When it seemed the Adler and Sinsheimer were going to split the points, Hoffenheim got the winning goal in the 87th minute.
Standing inside the six-yard box, Szalai turned a corner on net, but Frankfurt keeper Timo Hildebrand managed to block it. The rebound went back to Szalai, and the Hungarian passed it to Firmino, who found the back of the net.
With the loss, the Adler fell to eighth place, and they return to action Wednesday against Hertha BSC.
Hertha Berlin 1 - 0 Borussia Dortmund
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC recorded a big three points at home against Dortmund on Saturday.
Brooks made his fourth consecutive start at center back for the Old Lady, collecting the most tackles on the field and picking up his third yellow card of the season.
Both teams came out of the gates with a strong defensive effort, and because of this, goal-scoring chances were few and far between.
On one of the few chances of the half, the home team broke the deadlock, thanks to a Dortmund turnover in its own half. Per Ciljan Skjelbred pounced on a bad pass from Nevin Subotic and put Julian Schieber on net. The ex-Dortmund striker then beat Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak with a 10-yard shot.
Berlin had an opportunity to double its lead right before the break, but Langerak stood tall, keeping the deficit at just one goal.
That almost proved to haunt the Old Lady in the second half, as the Schwarzgelben pressed the entire second half for an equalizer, but Hertha goalkeeper Thoomas Kraft stood on his head a couple of times to preserve the lead and eventually the three points.
With the win, Hertha increased its cushion above the relegation zone to three points, shuffling up to 13th place. The Berliners travel to Frankfurt on Wednesday.
SV Sandhausen 0 - 0 VfL Bochum
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen squandered a couple of great opportunities that would have secured them the win during a goalless draw with Bochum on Friday.
Wooten started and went 75 minutes at forward for the Hardtwälder.
Following a quiet start to the match, Bochum almost took the lead in the 23rd minute if not for sure fortune positioning by a Sandhausen defender.
The Hardtwälder failed to handle a cross inside the 18-yard box, and keeper Manuel Riemann needed to make a save off a Stanislav Sestak shot. The rebound bounced back to Sestak, who passed along to teammate Yusuke Tasaka, but the Japanese midfielder hit it straight at Sandhausen right back Lukas Kübler, who was standing on the line.
This sequence of events seemed to wake up the home team, with Sandhausen continuing to grow into the match.
It took until the second half for the Hardtwälder to create something on net, as a Manuel Stielfer free kick forced a solid save from Bochum keeper Andreas Luthe before Sandhausen's Aziz Bouhaddouz fired the rebound over the net.
Both teams had opportunities in the closing half an hour to break the deadlock, including another Bochum chance being cleared off the line in the 60th minute by Sandhausen's Seyi Olajengbesi. Then, in the closing minutes, Bouhaddouz had a great chance to score, but his header off a corner missed the target.
With the draw, Sandhausen stayed in 13th place, and the team faces Darmstadt on Wednesday.
FC Ingolstadt 2 - 0 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt used a strong second-half performance against Kaiserslautern on Sunday to increase their lead atop the 2.Bundesliga.
Morales started and went the distance in central midfield for the Schanzer.
Kaiseralautern enjoyed a majority of possession in the first half and even created a couple of dangerous shots on net, but the Roten Teufeln couldn't find the back of the net because of the play of Ingolstadt goalkeeper Ramazan Özcan.
The Austrian made a couple of good saves, including one in the 35th minute in which he used his chest near a post to block a Amin Younes shot.
Not scoring haunted the away team in the second half, when Ingolstadt finally got things right in the final third. In the 52nd minute, Lukas Hinterseer gave the Schanzer the lead off a free kick from Pascal Groß, as Hinterseer had plenty of space inside the six-yard box to use his right foot to score.
Things went downhill for the Roten Teufeln in the 60th minute when Younes picked up his second yellow card of the match and received his marching orders from the referee. Still, it wasn't until the 84th minute before the Schanzer put the match to bed.
Özcan launched a ball well forward to substitute Stefan Lex, who got behind the defense and lobbed a shot over Kaiserslautern keeper Tobias Sippel for Ingolstadt's second goal.
With the win, Ingolstadt moved to six points atop the German second division, and team next squares off with St. Pauli on Wednesday.
Julian Green didn't dress for Hamburg's goalless draw in Freiburg on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson missed Mönchengladbach's 1-1 tie with Leverkusen on Sunday because of the flu.
Dealing with a torn ACL, Terrence Boyd missed RasenBallsport Leipzig's 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth on Friday.
Bobby Wood didn't dress in 1860 Munich's 3-2 loss to Karlsruhe on Saturday.
Jerome Kiesewetter played the second half of Stuttgart II's 1-0 loss I Münster on Saturday.
Joe Gyau didn't dress for Dortmund II's 2-0 win over Kiel on Saturday.
Because of yellow-card accumulation, Royal-Dominique Fennell was unavailable for the Stuttgarter Kickers' 2-0 win over Jahn Regensburg.