RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Edson Buddle got the start for FC Ingolstadt 04 up front against Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday, but it was Paderborn substitute Matt Taylor who grabbed Sunday's headlines against Düsseldorf.
FC Ingolstadt 04 0 - 0 Erzgebirge Aue
Edson Buddle was included in the starting eleven in Ingolstadt's home opener Saturday, but could not help his club produce a goal against ten-man Aue in a goalless draw.
Head coach Benno Möhlmann went with a decidedly more offensive line-up than in the team's season opener against St. Pauli, sending Buddle up front alongside team captain Stefan Leitl.
Ingolstadt started the match by forcing the action possessing the ball and keeping Aue in their own half. Their early ambition, however, failed to produce any meaningful chances save a couple of half chances in the fourth and ninth minutes.
The best chance of the first half-hour of play was surprisingly on the other end of the field; Pierre le Beau lost his defender on a corner sending a header past keeper Sascha Kirschstein only to have it athletically headed clear by central defender Marvin Matip.
Afterwards, it was Aue who had more of the game but could not muster any significant scoring threats.
After the break, both teams failed to find any sort of rhythm and kicked the ball back and forth for the better part of 15 minutes. That all changed in the 60th minute as Fabian Müller was sent off for a second bookable offense putting Aue a man down.
Ingolstadt then managed three decent scoring chances: Matip got his head onto Leitl's corner in the 71st minute, Buddle headed Andreas Görlitz' cross straight at goalie Martin Männel and Hartmann, who came on for Buddle in the 84th, could not put a rebound past Männel just seconds after coming on.
Ingolstadt cannot be too thrilled with the draw, which leaves them with one point on the season and in 15th spot in the standings with no goals scored. Up next for Ingolstadt is the first round of the German Cup on Sunday as they take on fourth division team SC Oberneuland.
SC Paderborn 07 1 - 1 Fortunda Düsseldorf
Matt Taylor had to wait 45 minutes to get on the field against Düsseldorf on Sunday, but made his presence known by netting an equalizer that secured Paderborn a point in front of the home fans.
Head coach Roger Schmidt felt his team needed no changes after defeating Hansa Rostock last week. That left Taylor in the role of spectator to what was a lackluster and languid 45 minutes of play.
The first real chance of the match fell to the home team and came off of an Alban Meha free kick that posed plenty of problems for keeper Michael Ratajczak in the 33rd minute.
Düsseldorf broke the deadlock in the 42nd as the Paderborn's defender Jens Wissing clumsily fouled Maximilian Beister in the box. Jens Langeneke had no trouble converting from the spot and was responsible for the 1-0 score in favor of the visitors at halftime.
Taylor was brought on by Schmidt at the interval, and the game finally got some legs with chances at both ends.
Nick Proschwitz and Daniel Brückner almost got Paderborn on the board in the 48th and 49th minutes, while Düsseldorf had great chances in 50th and 55th.
It was not until the 74th minute that Paderborn netted the equalizer they had been pressing for, as Mehmet Kara sent a neat pass onto Taylor, who made no mistake from close range. Taylor almost grabbed all the spoils for his team, but his shot in the 83rd could not beat Ratajczak, and the game ended 1-1.
Paderborn missed a shot at going two for two on the year, but four points from two games leaves them in a respectable fourth place. Up next for Paderborn is a date with Taylor's former employers Rot Weiß Ahlen from the German fourth division in the DFB Cup.
SV Darmstadt 98 0 - 1 VFL Osnabrück
Preston Zimmerman saw 80 minutes of action in his debut as Darmstadt started off the German 3. Liga on the short end at home against Osnabrück.
Both sides used new faces as Osnabrück coach Uwe Fuchs sent on seven new faces and Darmstadt head man Kosta Runjaic used eight new acquisitions, playing Zimmerman in attacking midfield.
It took a while for the game to gain any kind of forward momentum, although the hosts were the brighter side. Osnabrück almost tallied before the break, but Gardawski could not get his shot down on an empty net.
The second half started like the first, with both teams intent on securing up their defensive ranks before attempting any forays into the opponent's half.
In the 59th minute, Osnabrück must have thought they had scored, only to see Stephan Salger's free kick rattle the post. Then Darmstadt nearly broke the deadlock in the 70th minute but Danny Latza missed narrowly from outside the box.
Osnabrück got the game's only goal in the 75th minute as substitutes Daniel Latkowski and Fouad Idabdelhay combined to put the guests ahead, with the latter firing home.
Up next for Zimmerman and Darmstadt is a visit to VfR Aalen on Tuesday, August 2, where they will be seeking their first points of the season.
1860 Munich's Bobby Wood had a bird's eye view from the stands and Karlsruhe's Luis Robles was on the pine as Karlsruhe fell to 1860 Munich 1-2 on Saturday in the Allianz Arena. Next up in the Bundesliga for 1860 is Energie Cottbus, while Karlsruhe has to travel to Erzgebierge Aue.
Igwe Amaechi is still awaiting his work permit to go through, and did not suit up for Babelsberg on Saturday for their season-opening 1-1 draw at Jahn Regensburg.
Ricardo Clark is widely projected to get the starting nod in central defense for Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday night when they host FC St. Pauli in 2. Bundesliga action.