SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, October 21, 2013
An array of injuries left just two Americans in action over the weekend in Germany, with Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg securing a road point and Matt Taylor leading Münster to victory.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 1 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg put in a gutsy performance coming from behind to snag a much-needed point on the road in a draw versus Frankfurt.
Chandler logged 90 minutes of action for the struggling Franconians, who are still looking for a head coach to lead Der Club from the bottom of the table.
Nürnberg was put under heavy pressure by the host Hessians, who hounded the guests when they were on the ball and pushed the action deep into the attacking third when Frankfurt did.
Despite their dominance on possession and energy, Frankfurt failed to find the final pass to unlock the Nürnberg backline for a clear shot on goal.
The best chance in the opening frame came in the 18th minute, when replays showed Javier Pinola clearly pulled Frankfurt's Stefan Aigler to the ground in the area; Christian Dingert waved play on.
In the 50th minute, Frankfurt finally found the back of the net through young Czech striker Vlacav Kadlec, who took a feed from Alexander Meier and slotted home past Rafael Schaeffer; it was Kadlec's fourth tally since joining the club in the off-season.
After taking the lead, Frankfurt inexplicably took their foot off the gas and played passively in an ill-fated attempt at running down the clock. The change in tactics gave the guests a lifeline and more of the ball.
Nürnberg nearly struck on the hour mark, but Stark rattled the crossbar and was denied, while Mak was denied by Trapp two minutes later.
An equalizer was in the cards, however, and fell in the 86th minute through Drmic, who took a feed from Mak, rounded Trapp and coolly slotted home for the game-tying strike.
Chandler and Nürnberg will look to get out of the bottom of the table when they do battle with Stuttgart on Friday.
Preußen Münster 4 - 0 Borussia Dortmund II
Matt Taylor scored and put in just over an hour of work for Preußen Münster, who had little trouble overcoming Borussia Dortmund II on Saturday.
Taylor went 65 minutes in attack before coming off immediately after finding the back of the net.
The makeup of the game changed completely with the first Munster advance into the attacking third.
Taylor was clean through onto keeper Zlatan Alomerovic in the seventh minute and as Taylor rounded the keeper, the former was felled by the latter: a straight red and a penalty. Manno stepped up and converted the ensuing spot kick for the lead.
Taylor then put the ball in the back of the net in the 44th minute, connecting on a Manno cross, but Taylor's effort was waved off for offsides.
Munster and Taylor did finally make it 2-0 in the 65th minute, as Piossek squared the ball from the right flank for Taylor, who collected at the top of the box and fired past backup keeper Johannes Focher; it was Taylor's last kick of the day.
Munster waited a mere five minutes more to put the game to bed with a Pioussek strike from close range, before he snagged his second and Munster's fourth in the 81st with a header.
Taylor and Munster are back in action on Saturday as they take on Darmstadt.
Jermaine Jones missed Schalke's last-second victory versus Braunschweig due to injury, but figures to factor into head coach Jens Keller's plans for Tuesday's Champions League tie versus Chelsea.
Fabian Johnson sat out of Hoffenheim's 2-1 loss to Leverkusen with an injury. The game was decided on a controversial goal award by the referee, although Stefan Kießling's header clearly entered the goal through the side-netting.