MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, September 29, 2014
Tim Chandler and Frankfurt recorded a win in Frankfurt, while Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt moved into first place in the 2.Bundesliga.
Hamburger SV 1 - 2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt picked up with their second win of the season with a late goal against Hamburg on Sunday.
Chandler started at right back and went the distance for the Eagles, while fellow German-American Julian Green missed a second consecutive match with bruised ribs.
Hamburg missed a couple of opportunities to break its record-breaking goalless stat to the season, and that came back to haunt the Dino in the 44th minute, as Frankfurt scored on its first chance of the match.
Chandler charged up the right wing with the ball and crossed the ball into the box. It eventually ran onto the path of Haris Seferovic, whose eight-yard shot couldn't be stopped by a last-minute attempt to save it by a Hamburg defender.
The Dino didn't take it lying down, and following 507 minutes without a goal in the Bundesliga, Hamburg finally broke through in the 58th minute. Lewis Holtby passed to Nicolai Müller in the box, with the German calmly slotting it home.
The Dino once again looked more likely to the score the match-winner, but like in the first half, Frankfurt scored against the run of the play in the 90th minute to steal the three points. Following a bad foul, substitute Lucas Piazon launched a 31-yard shot that went into the top right corner of the net.
With the win, Frankfurt moved into seventh place in the Bundesliga, and the Eagles will return to action next Saturday against Köln.
Eintracht Braunschweig 2 - 1 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten couldn't produce more of his magic as Sandhausen lost its first match in three-and-a-half weeks.
Wooten started once again at striker for Sandhausen and went the distance in the losing effort..
Although Sandhausen had kept its previous three opponents scoreless, Braunschweig went after the visitors, and in the 38th minute, the lions broke through for a goal. Goalkeeper Manuel Riemann blocked a centering pass from Vegan Eggen Hedenstad, but the rebound bounced to Benjamin Kessel, who volleyed the ball from nine yards out into the top left corner of the net.
After the break, Braunschweig continued to press the Sandhausen net for another goal, and in the 54th minute, the Lions did just that. Raffael Korte lobbed a pass over the defense that Mushaga Bakenga received. Bakenga then chipped his shot over a charging Riemann, and it rolls into the back of the net.
Sandhausen tried to mount a comeback from that point, but SVS only managed to score a consolation goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. A Braunschweig defender handed the ball in the 18-yard box, and Wooten stepped up to convert the penalty.
With the tie, Sandhausen fell into 11th place, and the team returns to action next Sunday against FSV Frankfurt.
Karlsruher SC 0 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt retook the top spot in the German second division with a win in Karlsruhe on Saturday.
Morales started and went the distance in midfield for the Schanzer.
The match started out as a physical one with the referee handing out four yellows in the first half alone. In the midst of this play, Ingolstadt took the lead in the 40th minute on a free kick.
Pascal Groß launched a free kick from the middle of the field to Karlsruhe's Daniel Gordon, who headed the ball into the top right corner of his own net.
In the second half, Ingolstadt stayed compact in defense and looked the team more likely to score, but in the end, the match completed with just the own goal.
The win catapulted the Schanzer into first place in the 2.Bundeliga, and they return to action next Sunday against Eintracht Braunschweig.
Borussia Dortmund II 1 - 1 Stuttgarter Kickers
Royal-Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgarter Kickers missed a prime opportunity to keep pace with the promotion candidates in the 3.Liga when they couldn't see out 10-man Dortmund II on Saturday.
Fennell started and went the distance in central defense for the Kickers.
Following the first 15 minutes of the match, the Kickers started to take control of the match and eventually earned a penalty in the 44th minute when Dortmund II's Khaled Narey felled Gerrit Müller in the box. Dortmund Zlatan Almerovic blocked Vincenzo Marchese's attempt, though, to keep the match scoreless.
Almerovic and Marchese square off again in a second penalty in the 69th minute just minutes after Dortmund went down to 10 men. The Kickers' captain got the better of Dortmund's goalkeeper, giving the away team the lead.
That scoreline held until the 81st minute, when it was Dortmund's time to win a penalty. Fennell tripped forward Dong-Won Ji in the box, and Tammo Harder converted the kick to split the spoils.
With the tie, the Kickers fell into fifth place, and they return to action next Saturday against Rostock.
Holstein Kiel 3 - 1 SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
Marc Heider and Kiel blitzed to an early lead and never looked back in a win over Großaspach on Saturday.
Heider started and went the distance in left midfield for the Storks, who won their second consecutive match.
Kiel came out firing, dominating Großaspach and scoring two goals in a four-minute span. The first happened in the 19th minute when Patrick Hermann's cross was helped along by Rafael Kazior before Finn Wirlmann headed the ball into the back of the net. Heider then scored in the 22nd minute with a left-footed shot set up by Mikkel Vendelbo.
The Storks built upon that lead in the 47th minute when Kiel captain Kazior received the ball in a dangerous position before placing a right-footed shot in the back of the net. That proved to be enough for the Storks, as Aspach could only get a consolation goal by Sebastian Schiek in the 87th minute.
With the win, the Storks moved into 11th place, and they play Mainz II next Sunday.
VfB Stuttgart II 3 - 1 Fortuna Köln
With the help from a few first-team players trying to return from injury, Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II beat Fortuna Köln on Sunday.
Kiesewetter started and played the entire match on the left wing for the Schwaben.
Coming into Sunday, Köln hadn't allowed a goal in three previous matches, but that streak ended in the 34th minute thanks to a Raphael Holzhauser penalty kick.
Stuttgart II added a second goal just four minutes later when Daniel Ginczek, playing in his first match for Stuttgart after going the club from Nuremberg, connected from distance.
Köln responded early in the second half, when forward Thomas Kraus redirected a cross into the back of the net in the 50th minute.
The Domstädter probed the Stuttgart defense for an equalizer, but they couldn't break through, leaving it for Stuttgart's Francesco Lovric to seal the three points in the 87th minute with a goal.
With the win, the Schwaben moved up to 13th place, and they return to action next Saturday against Duisburg.
Fabian Johnson missed Mönchengladbach's 2-1 win over Paderborn on Saturday with some Achilles tendon problems.
For the second consecutive match, Hertha BSC coach Jos Luhukay left John Anthony Brooks out of the 18, as the Old Lady lost in Augsburg, 1-0, on Sunday.
Bobby Wood was an unused substitute for 1860 Munich in the Sechziger's 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth on Friday.
Terrence Boyd missed RasenBallsport Leipzig's 2-2 draw in Düsseldorf on Sunday as he continues to recover from a knee injury.