JT RICHARDSON - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Steve Cherundolo was unable to prevent Hannover from falling to another loss while Matt Taylor and Frankfurt suffered another blowout.
Mainz 05 1 - 0 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover's nightmare season continued as they conceded an early goal to lose their fourth straight -- and go eight straight games without a win.
Eighth-place Mainz remained undefeated at home after a fourth-minute goal by Andre Schuerrle. Schuerrle outraced Cherundolo to a Jan Durica pass, then added insult to injury by beating Durica. He sent his shot into the right corner from seven yards out, past keeper Florian Fromlowitz.
Hannover was lucky the lead wasn't doubled in the 18th minute when Adam Szalai had a clean look at the goal, only to hit it at Fromlowitz, Hannover's keeper. Szalai might have experienced deja vu in the 70th minute as he had another shot from the same spot, only to again send it directly to Fromlowitz.
Hannover's first game under new coach Mirko Slomka was a miserable offensive performance. Their only threat came in the 67th minute as Mike Hanke headed a corner just over the bar. For the rest of the match their attack was toothless, possibly due to four missing starters.
Cherundolo received a 90th minute yellow card for a hard foul. It is his fifth of the season, meaning that he will miss Saturday's home match against FC Nuremberg.
Jared Jeffrey did not suit up for the hosts.
Hertha Berlin 0 - 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley and Mönchengladbach managed to escape the capital with a point to remain in 12th place.
Berlin was clearly out to end their seven game home winless streak. They controlled possession and had the majority of chances until Arne Friedrich fouled Mönchengladbach striker Roberto Colautti in the penalty box.
Midfielder Juan Arango stepped up to take the kick and sent a low shot that keeper Jaroslav Drobny dove to block. Drobny then denied Arango's follow-up from three yards out.
Bradley went the full 90 minutes for the visitors, but was uncharacteristically quiet with no shots, cards or even fouls in the match. Keeper Logan Bailly was kept busy as Berlin launched 17 shots his way. He was up to the task, saving all four attempts on goal.
Mönchengladbach hosts Werder Bremen on Saturday.
SC Freiburg 0 - 1 VfB Stuttgart
German-American dual citizen player Daniel Williams made his first-team debut for Freiburg, playing 87 minutes as they fell by a single goal to Stuttgart on Friday night.
Stuttgart dominated in the first half primarily limiting the hosts' incursions to counter-attacks, and were duly rewarded for their efforts in the 41st minute.
After Alexander Hleb spotted the ball to Pavel Pogrebnyak, American defender Williams was able to push the ball away from the Russian forward only for it to land at the feet of Ciprian Marica. The Romanian international cleanly slotted his close shot home with ease for the halftime lead.
Freiburg had several chances to tie in the second half but were thwarted on each occasion. Papiss Cisse put the ball in the net just past the hour mark, but a controversial call by the referee judged it had deflected off of an offside Heiko Butscher, thereby negating the score.
Williams then got into the attack with 14 minutes in regulation, picking out teammate Felix Bastians with a short cross from the left of the box, but his header was adeptly cleared by Georg Niedermeier.
Freiburg remain in 15th place with the loss, ahead of Hannover in the relegation playoff spot by one point. They will have a tough time to create more breathing when they visit leaders Leverkusen on Sunday.
FSV Frankfurt 0 - 5 Greuther Fürth
Matt Taylor and Frankfurt played the role of overly gracious hosts as they experienced their second-straight 5-0 loss, this time to Greuther Fürth.
Taylor started well, setting up Cidimar with a good chance in 13th minute, but the striker couldn't get a good touch on the header. Unfortunately for the hosts, this was their high point of the match. Three minutes later, Bernd Nehrig pounced on a weak back pass from Kujabi, blew past Markus Husterer and easily beat Patric Klandt.
In the 39th minute, the visitors had their second chance, and their second goal. Sami Allagui picked the pocket of Gledson and waited for Klandt to commit before beating the keeper with a low shot.
While Frankfurt had the majority of chances in the first half, they couldn't convert any into goals. While they had a handful of chances in the second half. Taylor subbed out in the 63rd minute, allowing him to watch the final three goals by the visitors from the bench.
Stephan Schröck had his eleven-yard shot dribble under Klandt in the 71st minute. Four minutes later Nicolai Müller slalomed through the Frankfurt defense after stealing the ball at midfield. He danced around Klandt to make it 4-0. Christopher Nöthe finished the scoring six minutes later with an easy shot set up by Schröck.
Frankfurt hopes to avoid a third-straight 5-0 loss as they travel to Paderborn on Sunday.
Ricardo Clark was held out of Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-1 tie in Nuremberg as he regains full fitness.
Jermaine Jones is still recovering from a leg injury and didn't suit up for Schalke's 2-2 draw in Bochum.
Luis Robles watched FC Kaiserslautern's scoreless home tie with the Ahlen Red White from the substitute's bench.
Kenny Cooper is nearing return from his knee injury, but did not take part in 1860's 3-0 win over Rostock on Friday.
David Yelldell is still recovering from knee damage and did not suit up as Koblenz fell to Bielefeld by a 4-2 scoreline on Sunday.