RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Michael Parkhurst made his debut in the starting lineup for Augsburg, while Timothy Chandler notched an assist on a last-minute equalizer for Nuremberg.
FSV Mainz 2 - 2 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke came from behind twice versus Mainz to snap a two-game losing streak and snatch a point.
Jones put in 90 minutes of work for Jens Keller and the Königsblauen, who picked up the point thanks to two strikes by newly-acquired Michael Bastos.
In the 27th minute Mainz opened the scoring after midfielder Nicolai Müller made a darting run through three Schalke defenders, driving deep into the box to cross for Andreas Ivanschitz. The Austrian striker half-volleyed a right-footed shot past Timo Hildebrand to put the home side up.
Jones played a part in the first equalizer firing in a shot from just outside the area that Mainz keeper Christian Wetklo spilled to Bastos, who fired home the rebound in the 41st minute.
Ivanschitz played provider in the 63rd minute by picking out Czech fullback Zdenek Pospech from 25 yards after the Czech made a streaking run into the box. Pospech took a touch and then tucked a right-footed shot inside the far post.
The guests from Gelsenkirchen clawed back once more eight minutes from time as 17-year-old debutant Max Meyer laid off for Bastos in the box and the French-Brazilian buried the chance with his left.
Schalke and Jones now have 30 points and in ninth place. They are back in action on Wednesday as they square off against Turkish giants Galatasaray, before hosting Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 FC Augsburg
Michael Parkhurst made his first start for Augsburg on Saturday putting in just over 90 minutes of work in a losing effort.
After making his debut a week ago as a substitute, Parkhurst got his first Bundesliga start versus German giants Leverkusen.
With their first crack at goal, Leverkusen opened the scoring. German midfielder Gonzalo Castro found Stefan Kiesling in the box on a free kick and the burly German striker scored on a powerful header in the 26th minute.
The home team doubled the advantage in the 75th minute as Lars Bender took a feed from Kiesling and fired past Augsburg's Austrian keeper Alexander Manniger.
Augsburg did grab a late equalizer in the 88th minute through Sascha Mölders, but it was too little, too late for the Swabians.
With the loss, Augsburg remains in second-to-last place with 15 points. Up next for Parkhurst and Augsburg is a home date against fellow strugglers Hoffenheim on Saturday.
FC Nürnberg 2 - 2 Hannover 96
Timothy Chandler went the distance for Nuremberg against Hannover as the Franconians grabbed a stoppage-time equalizer to pick up a point.
Chandler put in 90 solid minutes of work on the right flank picking up an assist on the equalizer late on.
Hannover took the lead through Szabolcs Huszti in the 41st minute; the Hungarian weaved his way through the Nuremberg defense before curling home a right-footed shot from the top of the box.
Nuremberg pulled level in the 53rd minute as Timm Klose headed home Hiroshi Kiyotake's free kick with the back of his head.
Mohammed Abdelaoue set up Hannover's second goal picking out Didier Ya Konan in the 68th minute, who blew past Javier Pinola to latch onto the ball and slot home from close range.
Just when it looked like all was lost for Nuremberg, Chandler fired in a pinpoint cross to Sebastian Polter, who flicked the ball home with the outside of his left boot in the second minute of stoppage time.
Up next for Chandler and Nuremberg is an away match versus Stuttgart on Saturday.
Hoffenheim 0 - 1 VfB Stuttgart
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams started for Hoffenheim against Stuttgart by a Sunday night losing to a Martin Harnik strike.
Williams returned to the starting lineup for the first time under head coach Marko Kurz, while Fabian Johnson made his 22nd start in as many games.
Stuttgart got off to a flying start taking the lead after three minutes. Ibrahima Traoré slipped past Andreas Beck on the right flank before crossing for Martin Harnik, who headed home off the underside of the crossbar.
Daniel Williams picked up a yellow in the 44th minute for a challenge on Phillip Holzhauser; the caution was the seventh of the year for the midfielder.
It turned out to be the last meaningful action for Williams as Tobias Weis ended his day, coming on for the American in the 54th minute.
Hoffenheim squandered its only clear cut chance of the game in the 63rd minute. David Abraham won the ball in midfield, before playing Joselu in behind Sedar Tasci. Joselu, however, could not beat Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich, whose left foot kept the lead intact.
With the loss, Hoffenheim find themselves in 16th place with 16 points. Hoffenheim travels to 17th place Augsburg this Saturday for a relegation scrap.
Dresden 3 - 1 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten scored in a losing effort for Sandhausen.
Read the full match details in David Smith's Press Box Report
1860 Munich 0 - 1 VfL Bochum
Bobby Wood started for 1860 Munich against VfL Bochum on Friday putting in 45 minutes of work in a losing effort.
Wood made his second start in as many matches, but was unable to build on his excellent performance a week ago and remained by and large ineffective versus Bochum; he was subbed off at the break for Marin Tomasov.
Bochum grabbed the game's only goal after just ten minutes were gone, albeit under suspicion of a handball by striker
Although replays proved to be inconclusive, credence could be given to the Munich protests as Schiedhauer appeared to have controlled and redirected the ball past keeper Kiraly with his right hand.
Munich caught a break in the 17th minute as Bochum was reduced to ten. Marcel Maltritz committed a professional foul on Benjamin Lauth, who had broken through the last Bochum line. Maltritz, however, was not sent off, but rather Holmar Eyjolfsson.
Up a man and down a goal, Munich couldn't muster anything offensively until the second half. Once the Lions did start posing a threat, they did not let up.
After failing to convert chances in the 46th, 58th and 63rd minutes, Munich thought they had a goal, or at least a strong argument for a penalty in the 70th.
Bochum keeper Andreas Luthe came up big to deny Dominik Stahl's freekick from 18 yards out, but the rebound landed to Canadian striker Rob Friend. Friend then bicycled his effort from point-blank range past Luthe and into the hand of defender Lukas Sinkiewicz.
Chances kept coming in droves for 1860, but the equalizer never came.
The loss drops Munich to seventh with 30 points, eight back of Kaiserslautern and a relegation playoff spot. Up next for Wood and Co. is an away date versus league leaders Eintracht Braunschweig.
Preußen Münster 2 - 0 Hallescher FC
Matt Taylor got the start and put in just over an hour of work as Munster knocked off Halle in 3.Liga action.
After starting last week on the bench, Taylor returned to the starting 11 playing 66th minutes and received his third caution of the year in the 26th minute.
Munster grabbed the lead in the 19th minute through Mehmet Kara, who converted from the spot after Amaury Bischoff was felled by Marko Hartmann in the box.
Kara added his second in the 50th minute capping off a driving run down the right by cutting to his left and firing a left footed shot inside the far post.
With the win, Munster held on to third place with 50 points. Up next for Taylor and Munster is a Friday night match versus VfB Stuttgart II.
Darmstadt 1 - 0 Wehen Wiesbaden
Preston Zimmerman put in 90 minutes of work for Darmstadt in a victory over Wiesbaden.
Zimmerman was subbed off late and picked up a yellow in the 78th minute.
The game's only goal came in the 61st minute. Michael Stegmayer crossed for Freddy Borg, who narrowly missed the cross. Elton da Costa, however, was in the right place at the right time to fire home a right-footed shot.
In second-half stoppage time, Darmstadt was reduced to ten after Uwe Hesse was sent off for a nasty challenge.
With the win Darmstadt is out of the basement and into second-to-last place. Up next for Zimmerman and Darmstadt is a Saturday road match versus fifth place Heidenheim.