CLINT WADDELL - Monday, November 9, 2009
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover stole a last-minute point against Hannover while Kenny Cooper and 1860 Munich were unable to do the same in Cottbus.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - 0 VfB Stuttgart
Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach picked up a crucial point to keep themselves three points clear of the relegation zone as they held visiting VfB Stuttgart to a goalless tie on Saturday.
Though neither team could find the back of the net, the match was far from listless with 38 shots, eight corners and nine offsides between the two teams.
In the seventh minute, Bradley looked to have set up the go-ahead goal with a nice through ball, but Karim Matmour was called offsides. This started a short flurry of chances for the hosts, but they were unable to capitalize.
In the 19th minute, Stuttgart teased their fans as Pavel Pogrebnyak shot from inside the penalty box, but was just wide. The visitors again missed a chance from inside six yards in the 37th minute as Matthieu Delpierre also shot wide.
In first-half stoppage time, Georg Niedermeier headed just wide from barely outside the penalty box to keep the home fans nervous throughout halftime.
The teams traded possession in the second half with the visitors getting the better of the chances. Zdravko Kuzmanovic drilled a shot off the post in the 73rd minute from 14 yards out, and five minutes later his opponent Juan Arango had a shot from the top of the box go just over the post.
Mönchengladbach will use the the break for international play to regroup before their next match, as they travel to face Eintracht Frankfurt in two weeks.
Bradley is expected to join the USA men for their friendlies against Denmark and Slovakia during the break for international play.
Hannover 96 2 - 2 Hamburg SV
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 came back in the closing minutes to salvage a point at home against Hamburg SV.
Jiri Stajner drew a penalty in the 88th minute, then calmly buried the ensuing kick to earn Hannover a draw. It was a fitting end to a match that became increasingly chippy in the final moments, with four yellow cards in the final ten minutes.
Hamburg went ahead in the 15th minute as Marcell Jansen scored from the center of the penalty box on a pass from Eljero Elia. Hannover immediately pushed for the equalizer, and they were rewarded 11 minutes later as Didier Ya Konan headed home a cross from Constant Djakpa.
The home crowd was deflated when the visitors again went up a goal as Eljero Elia headed in Piotr Trochowski's cross off a set piece.
Hannover pushed furiously for an equalizer, but Hamburg showed the quality that has them third in the Bundesliga as the season nears its midpoint. The visitors held the lead and were able to maintain possession throughout the half.
As the game wound down, Hannover's persistence was finally rewarded when Tomas Rincon brought down Jiri Stajner in the box, with the Czech international successfully converting to draw even. After the tying goal, the teams traded fouls until the final whistle blew.
Hannover's opponents don't get any easier as they travel to face fourth-place FC Schalke in Gelsenkirchen in two weeks, after the break for the final round of World Cup Qualifiers. Cherundolo is expected to join the USA men for their friendlies against Denmark and Slovakia.
Energie Cottbus 1 - 0 1860 Munich
Kenny Cooper came on as a substitute in the 74th minute for 1860 Munich but couldn't help the Lions capture any points on the road in Cottbus on Sunday.
The Lions lost by the narrowest of margins due to Sergiu Radu's converted second-half penalty, and have now lost four games in a row to remain in 15th place in the standings.
The first half ended without either team having very many good scoring chances and the run of played was slowed down due to fouls committed by both 1860 and Cottbus.
It wasn't until the second half that the home side would get on the scoreboard. 1860 defender Radhoune Felhi brought down Emil Jula in the area and the referee had no choice but to award a penalty kick. The Romanian veteran Radu stepped up to the spot and easily buried it in the right corner.
In the 72nd minute, 1860 head coach Ewald Lienen brought in Sandro Kaiser followed by Cooper in the 74th to get even more offensive firepower in the game. However, Cottbus absorbed the pressure, sticking to counterattacking soccer and managed to have better opportunities in the last 20 minutes than the Lions.
1860 will have to play on the road once again in two weeks time, as they meet up with Bielefeld on November 20.
SC Paderborn 07 2 - 1 TuS Koblenz
David Yeldell was able to overcome injury and take his usual place in goal, but TuS Koblenz couldn't get past SC Paderborn as they lost 2-1 away on Friday.
Both teams were suffering from a lack of concentration on the defensive end but Paderborn was able to convert more of its chances than Koblenz and were much more aggressive on the attack.
Paderborn opened up the scoring in the 13th minute as Mahir Saglik set up Enis Alushi who put the ball past Yeldell. Koblenz was able to level the score just two minutes later as Manuel Hartmann equalized.
The home team continued to pressure Yeldell and the Koblenz defense as Saglik once again set up the goal scorer in the 32th minute, this time, with Daniel Brückner beating Yelldell.
The team from Uwe Rapolder failed to find its rhythm in the hectic game and over long stretches failed to even cross the midfield line. Brückner could have put the game out of reach for Paderborn early in the second half, but a short-range shot in the 51st sailed over the goal and Yeldell kept him from scoring in the 53rd minute.
With just nine points, Koblenz is still in the relegation zone and slowly losing sight of the pack. They will hope to turn things around in two weeks, as they face Alemannia Aachen at home on November 22.
FSV Frankfurt 0 - 0 Arminia Bielefeld
Matt Taylor got his first start of the season for FSV Frankfurt, going 75 minutes as they earned a point in their goalless draw with league leaders Bielefeld.
Slotting in at the left wing position for the ill Jürgen Gjasula, Taylor barely missed connecting on a dangerous cross in front of goal by Alexander Voigt in the 17th minute.
The hosts looked for much of the first half the more active of the two teams, but were continually met by the staunch defense which had not allowed a league goal in more than 700 minutes.
They continued their push after the break and nearly took the lead on a spectacular bicycle kick from Brazilian defender Gledson, however his shot landed on top of the goal.
The game kept his high tempo with both teams trading chances for the winning goal in the final minutes, however both goalkeepers did their parts to keep their opponents scoreless, as both teams settled for a point.
Frankfurt remain in 17th place with the point, five points shy of safety and facing a tough trip to Rot-Weiß Oberhausen in two weeks following the international break.
FC Ingolstadt 04 0 - 2 Wuppertal SV Borussia
Ian Joy once again got the start for Ingolstadt, going 76 minutes and picking up his second yellow card of the season in the team's underwhelming loss at home to Wuppertal on Sunday.
Ingolstadt's quest to extend their shut-out streak to three games was quickly ended after only five minutes when Ingolstadt keeper Michael Lutz couldn't hold onto a long shot from Björn Weikl, with Nermin Celikovic putting away his shot to give the visitors the lead.
The hosts pushed for an equalizer throughout the second half, but the three points were ultimately secured for Wuppertal with three minutes remaining in regulation, with Fatmir Vata burying his long shot for the final 2-0 score.
The loss drops the "Schanzer" to eighth place in the standings, still only two points from the league's promotion spots. Joy and his teammates have a two-week break before heading west to take on 11th-place VfB Stuttgart II.
Jermaine Jones could only watch from the bench as Schalke tied Bayern 1-1 in Munich.
Bryan Arguez did not make the substitutes' bench for Hertha Berlin's embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to FC Köln.
Luis Robles watched from the bench as Kaiserslautern kept the gap to first place at a single point with their 3-1 home win over Rot-Weiß Oberhausen.