MATHEW WAGNER - Sunday, August 30, 2015
Tim Chandler picked up a knee injury during an Eintracht Frankfurt win, while Aron Johannsson scored his first Bundesliga goal for Werder Bremen.
VfB Stuttgart 1 - 4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Tim Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt ended a 12-match winless streak on the road Saturday in a rout of a struggling Stuttgart team.
Chandler started the match at right back for the Adler and picked up a yellow card, but he came off at halftime with what the team said was a twisted knee. That diagnosis was changed on Sunday, when the team announced the American fullback had torn the meniscus in his right knee and will need surgery.
It took 11 minutes for Frankfurt to gets its first chance of the match, and that caused the ball to go into the back of net - just not from an Adler. On a cross from Eintracht's Haris Seferovic, Stuttgart defender Adam Hlousek stuck his leg out to keep the ball from reaching its mark, only for the ball to hit his thigh and go into the back of the net for an own goal.
The goal seemed to wake up the Schwaben, who squandered a couple of great opportunities to equalize until they finally found the back of the net in the 30th minute. After a corner, Serey Die tried two shots from distance, and the ball eventually landed to Daniel Didavi, who placed the ball into the back of the net.
Stuttgart wasted another chance to take the lead in the 34th minute when Martin Harnik a wide-open net. Eintracht made the home team rue missing that chance in the 42nd minute, as Serferovic led a counter, caused his defender to fall to the ground in the box and centered the ball to Luc Castaignos. Castaignos easily tapped the ball into the back of the net.
Castaignos proved to be a thorn in Stuttgart's side in the second half as well. In the 67th minute, he got behind the defense, forcing goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton to come out and fell Castaignos in the box. That earned Tyton a red card, and Seferovic converted the penalty in the 69th minute.
The rest of the way was all Eintracht, capped off by Castaignos' second goal in the 87th minute, and the Adler clinched their first away win since November 2014.
With the win, Frankfurt moved into eighth place on four points, and the team next plays host to Köln on Sept. 12.
FC Augsburg 0 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt recorded their second away win in the early going of their first Bundesliga campaign on Saturday in Augsburg.
Morales went the distance in the midfield for the Schanzer, who played Bavarian rival Augsburg for the first time in the German top division.
Ingolstadt came out and played defensively against the Fuggerstädter, giving up 70 percent possession in the opening half an hour to Augsburg and ending the match with just 36 percent possession. Augsburg also completed just less than double the number of passes than the Schanzer (386 to 195).
The problem for the home team was a lack of chances in the final third, as Ingolstadt made it difficult for Augsburg to create anything.
Ingolstadt meanwhile, had a couple of half-chances but couldn't convert any until the 63rd minute through Matthew Leckie. The Australian picked up the ball off a half clearance on the right wing, cut inside and shot with his right foot from 23 meters out. The ball landed inside the right post for the match's lone goal.
With the win, Ingolstadt sits in seventh place, and the Schanzer host Wolfsburg next on Sept. 12.
Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1 Hertha BSC
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC couldn't slow down the Dortmund machine on Sunday in an away loss.
Brooks made his first Bundesliga start of the season for the Berliners, who elected to go with a five-man backline in the match. Brooks lined up at left-center back in defense.
Hertha made life difficult for Dortmund in the early going, but the Schwarzgelben broke through with a short corner in the 27th minute. Shinji Kagawa had tons of space on the left wing, and the Japanese man launched a cross into the six-yard box, where captain Mats Hummels jumped up and headed the ball into the back of the net.
Dortmund doubled its lead in the 51st minute when Kagawa found Matthias Ginter on the right side of the box. Ginter then passed across to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for an easy tap-in goal.
The Schwarzgelben seemed to rue multiple missed opportunities where they had wide-open nets in the second half after Hertha pulled a goal back in the 78th minute. Roman Bürki blocked a Vladimir Darida shot, but the rebound went straight to substitute Salomon Kalou, who, despite being offside, slotted home for the goal.
Dortmund saw off the away team though with an Adrian Ramos goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
With the loss, Hertha dropped into 10th place, and the team next plays Stuttgart at home on Sept. 12.
Werder Bremen 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Aron Johannsson opened up his Bundesliga goal account, and Werder Bremen recorded its first win of the season against Mönchengladbach on Sunday.
Johnannsson went 69 minutes at forward for Bremen, while Fabian Johnson missed the match for Gladbach with an injury.
Both teams went back and forth in the early going until Gladbach began to struggle with bad passes at the 30-minute mark. Bremen benefited from one such pass in the 38th minute that Johnannsson stole and transitioned into a counter that ended with Marvin Schulz felling Bremen forward Anthony Ujah in the box. Johnannsson then converted the penalty.
Just when Bremen thought it was going to take a lead into the break, Mönchengladbach equalized in the 45th minute. Thorgan Hazard found Lars Stindl toward the right side of the goal in the 18-yard box, and Stindl beat Felix Wiedwald to the near post for the goal.
Bremen came out swinging in the second half and retook the lead in the 53rd minute. Zlatko Junuzovic swung in a corner to the six-yard box, where Werder defender Jannik Vestergaard beat his man to the ball and headed it home.
Gladbach didn't find an answer - instead had a player sent off in the 87th minute when granit Xhaka picked up his second yellow card of the match. Bremen missed the subsequent penalty, but the away team couldn't muster anything going forward.
The win vaulted Bremen into 11th place, and it plays Hoffenheim on Sept. 13.
SC Freiburg 4 - 1 Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen's hot start to the season came to an abrupt end Friday in a shellacking at the hands of Freiburg.
Wooten went the distance at forward for the Hardtwälder, but he missed a great chance in the 29th minute of equalizing for Sandhausen - a miss the team later regretted.
Freiburg didn't need long to bust open the Sandhausen defense, scoring a goal in the ninth minute. Nils Petersen received a cross from the right wing, and he moved it along to a wide-open Mike Frantz, who despite not managing to get his right foot completely behind the ball, got the ball in the back of the net.
The Breisgauer doubled that lead in the 30th minute right after Wooten missed a shot just outside the left post. Frantz centered a pass inside the box to which Petersen beat Sandhausen's center back pairing, and Petersen poked the ball into the net.
Vicenzo Grifo put the match to bed before the half had even ended, dribbling through the left side of the 18-yard box and launching his shot inside the right post.
Grifo added a fourth goal in the 79th minute on a free kick from the center of the field into the upper right-hand corner of the net. Florian Hübner added a consolation goal in the 88th minute, but it didn't mitigate the result.
The loss dropped Sandhausen into seventh place in the 2.Bundesliga, and the team will next play host to Bochum on Sept. 11.
1. FC Union Berlin 1 - 1 RasenBallsport Leipzig
Bobby Wood and Union Berlin's winless streak to start the 2.Bundesliga stretched to five matches when a late goal kept them from getting three points against Leipzig Friday.
Wood started and came off in the 80th minute for the Eisernen, when the team was nursing a 1-0 lead. Terrence Boyd was still missing for Leipzig as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Leipzig enjoyed 70 percent possession in the opening 20-plus minutes of the match, thanks in large part to Union playing deep, but the Roten Bullen couldn't create much.
Instead, the Eisernen took the lead in the 25th minute, when Fabian Schönheim sent in a free kick. Michael Parensen headed the ball along to Soeren Brady, whose header went into the back of the net.
The scoreline held until the 83rd minute when a mistake forced Union to drop two points. Leipzig's Zsolt Kalmar sent in a cross, and Parensen accidently redirected it into the ball of his own net for an own goal.
With the tie, Berlin dropped into 14th place, and the Eisernen return to action on Sept. 12 against Karlsruhe.
Jerome Kiesewetter went the full 90 minutes in Stuttgart II's 3-0 loss to Rot-Weiß Erfurt on Saturday in 3.Liga action.
Royal-Dominique Fennell went the distance in the Würzburger Kickers' 1-0 win over Aue on Saturday.