SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, December 2, 2013
Jermaine Jones got his name on the scorer's sheet for something other than a card in a win over Stuttgart, while Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg continued to struggle on Matchday 14 in the Bundesliga.
Schalke 04 3 - 0 VfB Stuttgart
Jermaine Jones put the exclamation point on a sound result with long-range hammer as Schalke moved up a spot in the Bundesliga standings after shutting out Stuttgart.
Jones went the distance in midfield and helped the Royal Blues bounce back from a lackluster performance in midweek Champions League action.
A wide-open affair, the match had chances on both sides early with Schalke's Joel Matip striking the woodwork with a header in the 13th minute, while Timo Werner came within inches of firing the visiting Swabians in front in the 31st minute.
Just three minutes after Stuttgart failed to capitalize, Schalke did.
Julian Draxler intercepted an errant Daniel Schwaab pass and fed Jefferson Farfan in space in the box. The Peruvian then pulled the trigger and beat Stuttgart netminder Sven Ulreich with a right-footed effort.
Seconds after the restart Draxler earned a questionable penalty that the diminutive Farfan converted clinically.
With time winding down, Jones ripped off a thunderous effort from 28 yards out that sailed around the outstretched arms of keeper Ulreich and into goal for the game's final 3-0 scoreline.
Up next for Jones and Schalke is a Tuesday German Cup date versus Hoffenheim, before returning to the Bundesliga on Saturday when they travel to take on Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Bayer Leverkusen 3 - 0 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg continued their beeline course for relegation with a disappointing, but altogether unsurprising defeat at Leverkusen.
Chandler put in 90 minutes of work for the Franconians on Saturday.
Despite the bleak form of late, Nuremberg came out confidently and nearly struck first in the 19th minute, but Josip Drmic's right-footed effort could only strike the woodwork.
Korean striker Heung Min Son put the hosts in front in the 36th minute, slotting home a Gonzalo Castro feed with ease from the right flank.
After the restart, Chandler forced Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno into an acrobatic save, only to watch Stefan Kiessling double the lead on the ensuing move, with the lanky striker stuffing home a fancy backheel from Jens Hegeler.
The duo that opened the scoring combined to finish the match off in the 76th minute with Castro feeding Son for an easy, point-blank finish.
Chandler and Nuremberg remain tied for last place in the 18-team Bundesliga and are back in action on Friday when they play Mainz.
Ingolstadt 0 - 2 Sandhausen
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt suffered a demoralizing defeat in front of their own fans versus Sandhausen in 2.Liga action.
A week after scoring an improbable win away versus first-place Cologne, Morales and his fellow Schanzer were brought back to the reality of a sputtering 2013-2014 campaign thanks to a pair of Nicky Adler strikes.
The Sandhausen marksman opened the scoring in the 16th minute with an absolute stunner from 25 yards out that will surely be in the running for goal of the month.
Ingolstadt keeper Ramazan Özcan shanked his clearance attempt, which landed at Adler's feet. The German controlled and pushed the ball to his right, before pummeling the ball into the upper 90.
Adler doubled the guests advantage in the 39th minute with a more pedestrian effort that saw him react first to a flicked cross and nudge the ball over the line.
Morales and Ingolstadt could not muster much, and the American was finished after 57 minutes.
Up next for Morales is a Wednesday German Cup tie versus Wolfsburg, before returning to league play next Sunday at Cottbus.
John Anthony Brooks missed Berlin's 0-0 tie versus Augsburg with a knee injury. Sources close to YA said that Brooks has begun working on match fitness, but that his status for next week's Bundesliga tie versus Braunschweig is very much still in jeopardy.
Steve Cherundolo made a late cameo for Hannover, who knocked off Frankfurt 2-0.
Fabian Johnson was a late sub in Hoffenheim's thrilling 4-4 tie at home to Werder Bremen.
Bobby Wood came on for the final 15 minutes of 1860 Munich's 2-1 victory over Bochum.
Royal Dominique Fennell was brought on in the 85th minute for the Stuttgart Kickers' 3-1 win over Wacker Burghausen.