SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, March 10, 2014
Fabian Johnson was the lone American in action in the Bundesliga, while Matt Taylor and Royal Fennel were both victorious in 3.Liga action.
Schalke 4 - 0 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim were undone by their own poor finishing, with Schalke taking their chances clinically to win going away.
Johnson was on hand for the entire 90 for the guests from southern Germany. For his part, Johnson was always a threat going forward, making a handful of dangerous runs down the flanks and hitting crosses into the area that his teammates were unable to put away.
Hoffenheim entered the affair high on confidence after putting up six last week versus much-ballyhooed Wolfsburg.
Their confidence wasn't even shaken in the sixth minute when Klaas Jan Huntelaar netted home after defender Niklas Süle inadvertently headed the ball into the path of Joel Matip, who fed Huntelaar for the opener.
Instead of panicking, Hoffenheim turned up the attacking energy. The guests should have equalized in the ninth minute, either through Kevin Volland, whose effort was saved by Ralf Fährmann, or Anthony Modeste, who shanked a glorious chance on the rebound.
Hoffenheim threatened again in the 17th minute through Eugene Polanski, while Modeste's acrobatic bicycle kick went just wide in the 21st minute.
Schalke's lone chance after taking the lead came in the 26th minute, and was taken with aplomb by Huntelaar, who hammered home a spectacular effort with his left from some 20 yards out.
The score was 2-0 at halftime, despite Schalke receiving a phantom penalty; Huntelaar missed the chance at a pure hat-trick by fecklessly chipping the spot-kick down the middle into the arms of keeper Koen Casteels.
After seeing another golden opportunity at a goal go begging in the 54th minute, Schalke struck again. Chinidi Obasi scored his first Bundesliga goal in over two years, against his former club no less, with an effort sublimely struck with the outside of his right boot.
Schalke finished off the scoring ten minutes from time as Julian Draxler pranced past Roberto Firmino on a sick step-over before setting up Huntelaar with an easy tap in.
Hoffenheim will look to get back to winning ways next Saturday as they host Mainz.
Jahn Regensburg 0 - 1 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal Fennell and the Kickers extended their unbeaten run in 3.Liga play with a one-goal victory over Regensburg on Saturday.
Fennell put in a full shift of work in the Kickers' defense, who kept a clean sheet for the ninth time this season.
The game's only goal fell late through substitute Randy Edwini-Bosnu. Edwini-Bosnu found himself unguarded in the box with the ball at his feet in the 88th minute and slotted home the game-winner much to the dismay of the home faithful.
With the win, Stuttgart finds themselves in sixth place with 40 points. Next week they host Chemnitz.
SpVgg Unterhaching 1 - 2 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor started and put in over an hour of work for Munster, who came from behind to grab the victory thanks to two late goals.
Taylor started alongside leading scorer Soufian Benjamina; Taylor gave way for Fabian Hergesell in the 66th minute.
The hosts struck first as substitute Andreas Vogelsammer connected on a corner for a headed goal in the 55th minute.
Munster then equalized through on-loan Benjamina in the 79th minute, as the German found the back of the net with a well-placed effort from distance.
Rogier Krohne then latched on to a cross with his right foot to complete the comeback five minutes later.
Up next for Taylor and company is a home date versus league leaders Heidenheim.
John Anthony Brooks did not make it off the bench for Berlin, who tied Mainz 1-1 on Sunday.
Bobby Wood was an unused substitute during 1860 Munich's 4-0 win over Aalen.
Andrew Wooten came on late for Frankfurt, who defeated Sankt Pauli 1-0.