MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, November 24, 2014
John Anthony Brooks put in a solid shift in a Hertha BSC win, while Terrence Boyd found the back of the net twice in RB Leipzig's win over St. Pauli.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 3 Eintracht Frankfurt
With a strong second-half performance, Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt ended a five-match losing streak across all competitions when they recorded an upset win in Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Chandler started at right back and went the full 90 minutes for the Adler, picking up his second yellow card of the season with a tactical foul in the 59th minute. Fellow American Fabian Johnson wasn't in the 18 for Gladbach.
The Fohlen came out the gates firing, and they proved to be too much early when Mönchengladbach took the lead in the sixth minute. Frankfurt managed to get to a corner, but the Adler failed to clear, with the ball instead going straight back to Gladbach. After the home team switched the field, Granit Xhaka laid the ball off to Havard Nordtveit, whose shot from distance took a deflection en route to the net.
The Adler needed some time to recover from the shock, and when they did, they couldn't create much in the way of goal-scoring opportunities in the first half, going into the break down a goal.
To start the second half, the Adler pressed for an equalizer, and after a couple of good save by Gladbach's Yann Sommer, Frankfurt finally broke through in the 54th minute. Dribbling outside the 18-yard box, Haris Seferovic passed from right to left to Marc Stendera, and the 18-year-old midfielder curled a low shot past an outstretched Sommer to the right side of the net.
Frankfurt wasn't content with just getting an equalizer, however, taking the lead just three minutes later. Stendera got a counterattack going with a long pass from the midfield to Seferovic, and the Swiss forward let loose a shot that Sommer managed to block. Instead of getting help from his defenders, who stood still, Sommer was helpless when Alexander Meier jogged up to tap the rebound into a wide-open net.
Eintracht put the match to bed in the 73rd minute thanks to a rather perplexing mistake by Sommer. The Swiss-international keeper tried a short, quick goal kick, but Sonny Kittel foresaw the pass and stole it deep in the Gladbach half. Kittel passed to Meier, and Meier moved the ball to Takashi Inui, whose shot from outside the box proved to put the nail in the coffin.
The Fohlen believed they might get back into the match late when Xhaka headed a cross into the back of the net in the first minute of stoppage time, but he has ruled offside and received two yellow cards within a two-minute span to put a stamp on Gladbach's performance in the second half.
With the win, Frankfurt stayed in 12th place with 15 points, and the Adler return to action next Sunday against Dortmund.
1. FC Köln 1 - 2 Hertha BSC
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC got the lucky bounce they needed in a win over Köln on Saturday.
Brooks started and went the distance in central defense for the Old Lady.
With defenses playing well to start off the match, it took an excellent individual effort to break the deadlock in favor of Hertha during the 28th minute. After receiving a pass from Valentin Stocker on the ring wing, Roy Beerens dribbled toward the center of the 18-yard box and let loose a shot that took a deflection as it squeezed through the legs of Köln defender Mergim Mavraj.
The Berlin defense continued to look strong until the 58th minute when the Billy Goats hit it on the counter for an equalizer. Yuya Osako lobbed a pass from deep in the Köln half to Anthony Ujah, who played the Hertha high line perfectly to run onto the ball behind the defense. The Nigerian dribbled toward net and beat Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft one-on-one.
The match seemed headed toward a draw, but late in the match, Hertha got a lucky bounce in order to record the three points. In the 86th minute, Marcel Ndjeng launched a free kick off the wall, where it drilled a turning Ujah, and after it bounced off his chest, it deflected toward the right side of the net - in the complete opposite direction that Köln keeper Timo Horn expected it to go.
The Billy Goats attempted to equalize again in the five-plus minutes of injury time, putting as many as 10 men inside the Hertha half at times, but the Berliners held on for the win. The three points propelled the Old Lady to 13th place, and the team hosts Bayern Munich next Saturday.
1. FC Heidenheim 3 - 0 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen were overmatched during a 2.Bundesliga loss in Heidenheim on Friday.
Wooten started and went the distance on the right wing for Sandhausen.
Sandhausen started off the match as the livelier team, but it couldn't create anything substantial and instead found itself down in the sixth minute. Heidenheim had some good combination play in the 18-yard box, finished off when Robert Leipertz set up captain Marc Schnatterer for his seventh goal of the season.
The away team tried to recover from the shock of going down early, but Heidenheim kept a good defensive shape and proved to be a handful while on the counter for the rest of the first half.
In the second half, Heidenheim once again struck early to shock the away team. In the 48th minute, Florian Niederlechner launched in a long cross into the box that met Leipertz's head en route to the back of the net.
That second goal gave Heidenheim all the momentum to press forward and control the match, and FCH managed to put the match to bed in the 63rd minute as Niederlechner punished Sandhausen after defender Leart Paqarada lost the ball in the midfield.
Sandhausen attempted to get any sort of consolation prize in the final half an hour fo the match, but the team couldn't get past Heidenheim goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann and left Heidenheim with no to take home.
With the loss, Sandhausen dropped into 14th place, and the team returns to action next Saturday against Leipzig.
1. FC Nuremberg 2 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt's unbeaten run to start the season came to end after 14 matches, as well as their 19-match unbeaten streak on the road with a loss to Nuremberg on Sunday.
Morales started and went the distance in central midfield for the Schanzer. The American midfielder also recorded his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning he will miss Ingolstadt's match next Saturday against Bochum because of yellow-card accumulation.
Although Nuremberg has struggled so far this season, Der Club took the match to Ingolstadt early and managed to take a two-goal lead after 25 minutes of action. It started in the 16th minute when Jakub Sylvestr's second attempt to center the ball reached Robert Koch, who headed the ball off the inside of the post and into the back of the net.
While that first goal didn't seem to faze Ingolstadt, going down a second goal in the 25th minute did. Patrick Rakovsky sent a through ball to Sylvestr, who left a pair of Ingolstadt defenders in his dust before rounding goalkeeper Ramazan Özcan to slot home the goal.
Ingolstadt struggled to get anything going for much of the match until they received a lifeline in the 63rd minute when keeper Javier Pinola picked up a straight red card for a bad foul on Ingolstadt's Roger.
With the man advantage, the Schanzer pulled one back in the 71st minute. Pascal Groß crossed from the right in the middle of the box to Moritz Hartmann, who karate-kicked the ball into the back of the net.
Ingolstadt couldn't find an equalizer, though, thanks to some inspired defense by Rakovsky, and in the end, the Schanzer didn't pick up a single point for the first time this season. The Scahzner still stand atop the 2.Bundesliga standings, but that could change should Düsseldorf win by two or more goals on Monday.
RasenBallsport Leipzig 4 - 1 FC St. Pauli
Terrence Boyd got himself on the scoresheet twice as Leipzig routed St. Pauli on Sunday.
Boyd made his second start of the season, going the longest he has since recovering from injury with an 80-minute appearance.
The Roten Bullen's dominance began with a great individual effort from Yussuf Poulsen in the 17th minute. The Danish striker dribbled from the left side of the box to the right before letting loose a shot that went into the left side of the net.
Leipzig doubled its lead in the 31st minute when Boyd and his famous Cyclops celebration came out for the first time in league play this season. The American forward headed home a deep cross at the right post from Diego Demme, placing it just under the crossbar and over keeper Philipp Tschauner.
Coming out of halftime, St. Pauli didn't waste any time pulling one goal back, as Sebastian Meier put Enis Alushi behind the defense in the 46th minute for a goal, but Boyd also squashed any thoughts of a comeback just seven minutes later. After teammate Daniel Frahn lost the ball to a double team, Boyd ended up with it in the box, managed to dribble around a defender to create some space and fired his shot just under the crossbar.
Leipzig added insult to injury when the Roten Bullen scored a fourth goal through an own goal in the 73rd minute, as a corner went off the chest of Buccaneer substitute John Verhoek before going into the back of the net.
With the win, Leipzig moved into fifth place, just one point off a promotion spot, and the Roten Bullen return to action next Sunday at Sandhausen.
VfL Osnabrück 3 - 1 VfB Stuttgart II
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II couldn't survive a second-half onslaught against Osnabrück in 3.Liga action on Saturday.
Kiesewetter went 79 minutes as the right midfielder in the Schwaben's 4-4-2 formation, and the German-American recorded his second yellow card of the season during the match.
Although the first half ended as an up-and-down affair, it ended without a goal by either side. that play continued in the second half, and it finally resulted in a goal during the 52nd minute for Osnabrück. Massimo Ornatelli set up Waku Menga for a right-footed shot that found the back of the net.
Stuttgart II recovered and equalized in the 66th minute when Marco Grüttner was played through on net, but the Lily-Whites didn't need long to retake the lead. In the 69th minute, Ornatelli got on the end of a long throw to head the ball inside the near post for a goal.
The Schawben attempted to equalize again the rest of the way, but the Osnabrück defense held strong. Instead, the Lily-Whites sealed the three points through a Stanislav Iljutcenko goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
Despite the loss, Stuttgart II stayed in 12th place with 24 points, and the Schwaben return to action next Friday against Energie Cottbus.
Julian Green didn't dress for Hamburg in the Dino's 2-0 win over rival Werder Bremen on Sunday in the Nord-Derby.
Still demoted to the second team, Bobby Wood wasn't available for 1860 Munich's 4-1 win over Union Berlin on Saturday.
Royal-Dominique Fennell dress but didn't come off the bench in the Stuttgarter Kickers' 1-1 draw in Erfurt on Saturday.
Joe Gyau returned quicker than expected from meniscus surgery, playing the final 23 minutes in
Dortmund II's 1-1 draw in Dresden on Friday.