RECAP: GERMAN MIDWEEK ACTION
Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to victory on Tuesday night Bundesliga action, while Andrew Wooten scored twice for Sandhausen in the 2.Liga.
Hamburg SV 3 - 1 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke missed out on three important points on Tuesday, falling to Hamburg in midweek Bundesliga action.
Jones went the distance for Schalke, who will be disappointed with the result against a depleted Hamburg squad that overcame the absence of Dutch talisman Rafael van der Vaart.
With the score knotted at zero after 45 minutes of play, the hosts broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute. Maximilian Beister collected the ball 25 yards from goal and fired a left-footed shot on goal that was clocked at 75 mph, beating keeper Lars Unnerstall.
Hamburg doubled their advantage in the 65th minute through Latvian striker Artjoms Rudnevs, who found the back of an empty net after profiting from some slick passing between Beister and Dennis Diekmeier.
Schalke pulled one back ten minutes from time with Klaus Jan Huntelaar converting a spot kicked after Tomas Rincon handled the ball in the box.
Hamburg, however, overcame some nervy moments in the game's waning minutes and put the game away in the second minute of stoppage time with Croatian Milan Badeji converting a penalty of his own.
Jones and Schalke are back in action on Saturday as they host Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Hannover 96 2 - 0 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover Tuesday night, as the Lower Saxons got back in the win column after suffering successive Bundesliga defeats.
Cherundolo and Hannover came into Tuesday night's contest looking to make amends after being thrashed 5-0 by Bayern Munich on Saturday.
And Hannover got off to a fantastic start taking the lead after just four minutes had elapsed. Didier Ya Konan whipped in a low shot from the edge of the area that keeper Max Grün spilled to his left, right to the feet of an onrushing Mame Diouf, who cleaned up easily for the 1-0 lead.
Despite taking the lead, Hannover struggled mightily against Fürth, who had more of the ball and looked most likely to score. The guests should have done just that in the 23rd minute through Gerald Asamoah, but the striker could not beat keeper Ron Robert Zieler in a one-on-one situation.
Hannover, however, profited from the profligacy of their guests and made them pay for it in the 69th minute with Mario Eggimann heading home the winner off of a Jan Schlaudraff free kick.
Up next for Cherundolo and Hannover is a Saturday date on the road versus Mainz.
FC Nürnberg 4 - 2 1899 Hoffenheim
Timmy Chandler and Nuremberg got the better of Fabian Johnson, Daniel Williams and Hoffenheim in a lower-table battle featuring a trio of yanks.
Both Johnson and Williams put in full shifts in a losing effort, while Chandler was subbed off in the 59th minute after picking up a calf injury.
The hosts from Franconia hit pay dirt early as Japanese midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake beat keeper Koen Casteels with a free kick from 20 yards out in the sixth minute.
Hoffenheim drew even in the 33rd minute as Sven Schipplock got onto the end of Kevin Volland's cross from the left to beat Nuremberg keeper Rafael Schäffer with a close-range header.
Nuremberg, however, regained the lead just before the break. On a free kick just outside the box, Timo Gebhardt forced Casteels to parry his effort off the crossbar. Per Nilsson reacted faster than the defense, converting on a flying header.
Hoffenheim defender Marvin Compper then gifted Nuremberg's Sebastian Polter a free run at goal in the 69th minute by inexplicably giving up on the ball right in front of goal. Polter collected and easily fired home for the 3-1 advantage.
Hoffenheim pulled one back in the 81st minute through Sehad Salihovic, who fired home from the spot after Nilsson was called for a hand ball in the box.
Nuremberg finished off the scoring the way they started - through Kiyotake. The Japanese curled in an impressive effort off the post and in from the right side of the area in the 86th minute.
After the result, Nuremberg moves up to 13th spot with 16 points, while Hoffenheim remains in 16th place and with 12 points.
SV Sandhausen 3 - 1 FC Energie Cottbus
Andrew Wooten returned to the starting lineup in style Wednesday evening as his two-goal effort secured Sandhausen three big points versus Cottbus.
Wooten was subbed off late after converting not one, but two spot kicks to complete a comeback and vault Sandhausen past Regensburg and Duisburg in the bottom of the 2.Liga standings.
In the 34th minute, the guests grabbed the advantage as Marco Stiepermann's cross found its intended target in central defender Uwe Möhrle, who outmuscled his marker Frank Löning to head past keeper Daniel Ischdonat.
Sandhausen had to wait until the 59th minute to equalize through Wooten, who converted a penalty after Julian Börner was adjudged to handle the ball in the box.
Just six minutes later, Wooten added his second from the spot. His initial effort was kept out by Thorsten Kirschbaum, but the rebound landed at his feet and Wooten made no mistake the second time around.
Löning put the game away for the hosts in the first minute of stoppage time burying a headed effort off of Kingsley Onuegbu's cross.
With the victory, Sandhausen moved up two spots to 16th place with 13 points. Up next for Wooten and Co. is a Saturday match at Erzgebirge Aue.