MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, February 16, 2015
It was a good day for American forwards in the 2.Bundesliga, as both Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten scored two goals in wins.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 0 FC Schalke 04
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt celebrated coach Thomas Schaaf's 500th Bundesliga match with a win over Schalke on Saturday.
Chandler started at right back and put in a solid effort for the Adler.
In the first half, Schalke held strong defensively and attacked on the counter with some success. If not for Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp stopping two big chances from Schalke's Marco Höger, the Königblauen could have had a lead heading into the break.
Early in the second half, both teams went after on the offensive end, with Frankfurt having the best chance with a call for a penalty in the 54th minute when Benedict Höwedes seemed to trip up Makoto Hasebe in the box. The referee didn't make the call, though, to keep the match goalless.
In the 65th minute, the Adler finally scored the breakthrough goal. It started with some combination play on the right wing between Stefan Aigner, Marc Stendera and Chandler, with the American fullback supplying a cross into the box. Substitute Lucas Piazon met the ball with his head and placed the ball inside the far post for the goal.
Trapp stood strong in the closing minutes to then help Frankfurt secure the three points. With the win, the Adler stayed in ninth place with 28 points, and they return to action next Sunday against Mainz.
Hertha BSC 0 - 2 SC Freiburg
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC dropped into the relegation zone with loss at home to Freiburg on Sunday.
Brooks started and went the distance in central defense for the Old Lady for the second consecutive match.
In the 14th minute, Brooks and left back Marvin Plattenhardt were at fault when Freiburg took the lead. The Breisgauer used a quick throw in to get Karim Guede the ball dribbling toward the endline on the left side of the box, and Guede held off Brooks before crossing to the near post. There, Felix Klaus beat Plattenhardt to the ball, chipping a shot over Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft that barely bounced over the line from a tight angle.
The Old Lady tried to create something on offense, but the Freiburg defense held strong despite facing more crosses and more attempts on target. In the meantime, the Breisgauer proved to be more far efficient, scoring off a Jonathan Schmid corner in the 52nd minute. Maximilian Philipp lost Plattenhardt on his way to heading home the corner into the top left corner of the net.
That proved to be all Freiburg needed, as the home team didn't trouble the Freiburg goal. With the loss, Hertha fell to 17th place in the Bundesliga, and the team will face Wolfsburg next Sunday.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 - 3 Erzgebirge Aue
Bobby Wood ended a long goal-scoring drought in an Aue win in Düsseldorf on Friday.
Wood started his second straight match at forward for the Veilchen, and he picked up a yellow card in the 55th minute.
It was off a counterattack in the 15th minute that Wood scored his first league goal in almost two years. Fabian Müller put Stefan Mugosa behind the defense, and the Aue striker dribbled the ball along the left side of the box. When he was eight yards away from net, Mugosa turned back, waited and then passed to the center of the box for a streaking Wood, who just had to stretch out his right leg to redirect the ball into the back of the net from nine yards out.
In the 26th minute, Aue gave that lead away through a bad defensive error. Düsseldorf's Charlison Benschop chipped a pass deep into Aue's 18-yard box, where it landed with Aue captain Micahel Fink, and the Veilchen captain chested the ball down and straight onto the path of Axel Bellinghausen. The Düsseldorfer easier tapped the ball into the back of the net.
After waiting 21 months between goals, Wood needed just 16 minutes to score his second of the match. Patrick Schönfeld blew past three Düsseldorf defenders on the right side of the box and dribbled to the end line, where he played a back pass to Wood seven yards out from net. Wood fired the one-timer into a wide-open net to give the Veilchen the lead once more.
Aue doubled its lead in the 34th minute on a counter. Vladimir Rankovic passed to Mugosa, who turned his defender the wrong way before letting loose a 11-yard shot. Düsseldorf goalkeeper Michael Rensing managed to get a foot to the low shot, but he couldn't stop it as the ball bounced into the back of the net.
In the second half, Düsseldorf pressed to get back into the match, and it culminated in a penalty in the 83rd minute when Oliver Schröder felled Bellinghausen on the left side of the box. Michael Liendl stepped up and converted the penalty, but the home team couldn't find a late equalizer as Aue picked up the three points.
The win moved Aue out of the relegation zone and into 15th place, and the Veilchen return to action next Friday against Darmstadt.
FC Ingolstadt 04 1 - 3 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen handed Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt their first home loss of the season on Saturday.
Wooten started and went 87 minutes on the right wing for the Hardtwälder. Morales started in central midfield and went 82 minutes for the Schanzer, recording his eighth yellow card of the season in the losing effort.
The away team struck first in the 12th minute after Sandhausen's Manuel Stiefler picked up the ball at the edge of the 18-yard box. Stiefler passed the ball along to a wide-open Wooten, who let fly a 10-yard shot that took a deflection off Ingolstadt's Teodoro Danillo before finding the back of the net.
Sandhausen doubled its lead in the 19th minute off a penalty when Ingolstadt keeper Ramazan Özcan came off his line too late and tripped up Sandhausen's Aziz Bouhaddouz in the box. Wooten stepped up and converted the penalty kick.
Ingolstadt didn't seem to recover from that goal and needed some luck to pull one back in the 69th minute. It started when Pascal Groß shot from 17 yards box out, with the shot being deflected into the path of Stefan Lex, and Lex tapped the ball into the back of the net. Despite him looking to be offside, the goal stood.
Sandhausen sealed the three points in the 84th minute, this time on a set piece. Left back Leart Paqarada launched a free kick deep into the penalty area where Nicky Adler rose up to mee the ball and head it into the back of the net from six yards out.
With the win, Sandhausen moved into 13th place, while Ingolstadt's lead atop the 2.Bundesliga dropped to five points. Sandhausen returns to action next Friday at Greuther Fürth, and Ingolstadt faces Aalen the same day.
Julian Green didn't dress for Hamburg's 8-0 drubbing by the hands of Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Fabian Johnson was an unused substitute in Mönchengladbach's 1-0 win over rival Köln on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd missed RasenBallsport Leipzig's 1-0 loss to FSV Frankfurt on Sunday with a torn ACL.
Joe Gyau was unavailable with a knee injury for Dortmund II's goalless draw on Friday against Mainz II.
Royal-Dominique Fennell dressed but didn't play in the Stuttgarter Kickers' 1-1 draw in Chemnitz on Saturday.
Jerome Kiesewetter didn't dress for Stuttgart II's 4-0 loss to Regensburg on Saturday.