SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, December 22, 2013
Steven Cherundolo returned to captain Hannover in a loss, Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim fell, while there were no goals between Jermaine Jones' Schalke and Timothy Chandler's Nuremberg.
SC Freiburg 2 - 1 Hannover 96
Steven Cherundolo made his much-anticipated comeback to the starting lineup in a losing effort as Hannover fell to Freiburg.
After failing to start in any of the Red Devils previous matches due to a plucky knee injury entailing two procedures, Cherundolo captained Hannover and went the distance.
Hannover fell behind in the 25th minute through Admir Mehmedi who converted a Gelson Fernandez pass, after the Swiss midfielder forced a turnover in midfield and played in Mehmedi for a fourth goal of the year.
Mehmedi made it two and five ten minutes later as he redirected Jonathan Schmid's shot from distance past keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
Leonardo Bittencourt added a late consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage time, but it was too little too late as Hannover slumped into the winter break winners of just one in their last ten.
Hannover and Cherundolo return to action on January 25th versus Wolfsburg.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1 - 0 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim were by a Torsten Oehrl penalty versus Braunschweig.
Johnson went the distance for Hoffenheim, who were unable to extend a four-game unbeaten streak.
The goal of the match came in the 29th minute as Oehrl converted a spot kick after Ermin Bicakcic was dragged to the ground in the area by Sven Schipplock.
Hoffenheim, however, were unable to generate anything offensively and fell in their final contest of 2013.
Hoffenheim and Johnson return to action versus Timothy Chandler and Nuremberg.
Nuremberg 0 - 0 Schalke
Jermaine Jones and Timothy Chandler both went the distance for their respective clubs in a scoreless draw.
With the draw, Chandler and Nuremberg finished the first half of the Bundesliga campaign winless and in last place, while Jones and Schalke finished in an unspectacular seventh.
Top chances were few and far between with Jones narrowly missing for Schalke, and Nuremberg's Swedish defender Per Nilsson hitting the post.
Nuremberg open up the second half of the season at home versus Hoffenheim, while Schalke and Jones travel to take on Hamburg.
John Anthony Brooks was a late scratch with the flu for Berlin, who knocked off Dortmund 2-1.