SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, April 7, 2014
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC did battle with Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim, while Andrew Wooten got a start for FSV Frankfurt in the German second division.
Hertha BSC 1 - 1 Hoffenheim
John Anthony Brooks and Fabian Johnson squared off face to face in an American duel to close out Bundesliga Matchday 29.
Brooks and Johnson were both handed starts by their respective head coaches; Johnson went the distance, while Brooks put in just over an hour before giving way for Alexander Baumjohann and added offensive firepower.
The match began in a fury as both squads kept high lines and pressed intently. Not all the actors were prepared for the pace of the match, however, and this led to the opener in the 11th minute.
Berlin's Per Skjelbred flicked on into the box in the general vicinity of Sami Allagui, Jannick Vestergaard was caught napping allowing the Tunisian to strike. Allagui took a single touch before blasting a right-footed shot past Koen Casteels.
For Hoffenheim there was clearly no need to panic as it was merely a case of history repeating itself.
In the 30th minute, Hoffenheim found the equalizer through Eugen Polanski, who collected a pass on the edge of the box from Kevin Volland, where he had all the time in the world to curl home with his left.
The pace dropped off considerably after the strike, but both sides had chances for victory and were it not for the goal-keeping heroics of both Casteels and Berlin's Thomas Kraft, more goals would have fallen.
Up next for Hoffenheim and Johnson is a home date versus Augsburg, while Brooks and Berlin will take on Leverkusen.
VfR Aalen 2 - 1 FSV Frankfurt
Andrew Wooten replaced Frankfurt's injured top scorer for a rare start but was unable to help his side prevent defeat versus Aalen.
Wooten went the distance for Benno Möhlmann and Frankfurt, who had to go with out Edmund Kapllani and his ten tallies.
Aalen grabbed a first-half lead in the 33rd minute. It was a simple, textbook attack down the right flank: one-touch passing into space and an inch-perfect cross to Robert Lechleiter, who headed home with ease.
The tie was knotted up again in the 61st minute through Odhise Roschi, who had a simple tap-in after Matthew Leckie took care of all the hard work before the assist. But a point was not in the cards for Frankfurt as Marcel Reichwein headed home the winner five minutes from time.
Wooten and Frankfurt are back in action on Sunday versus Sandhausen.
Stuttgart Kickers 1 -0 FC Saarbrücken
Royal Fennell and Stuttgart landed a late-winner versus Saarbrücken in 3.Liga action.
Fennell played all 90 minutes for the Kickers who came into the match having tied in each of their previous three contests.
Stuttgart appeared to be heading to a fourth-straight tie, when in the first minute of stoppage time they found a winner.
Essentially on the last kick of the match Vincenzo Marchese picked out Marco Calamita in the box and the Italian striker buried the chance one-time to give the Kickers all the points.
Fennell and Stuttgart are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Duisburg.