Monday, August 23, 2010
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover atoned for last weekend's cup embarrassment with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt while Jermaine Jones' return to league play ended with a Schalke loss in Hamburg.

Hamburger SV 2 - 1 FC Schalke 04

Jermaine Jones played the duration in Schalke's midfield on Saturday evening as the Königsblauen were beaten thanks to a pair of second-half goals by Hamburg's Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Saturday's marquee match-up saw not only the return of Jones to league play after more than a one-year absence, but also the on-field meeting of former Madrid teammates Raul and van Nistelrooy, two of the league's most significant signings of 2010.

Both teams came out flying straight after the opening whistle in a high-tempo first-half that saw several scoring chances for each side.

Jones almost immediately showed the kamikaze style which made him one of the Bundesliga's most feared defensive midfielders, streaking down the field on a Hamburg breakaway in the third minute and flying in to deflect a dangerous cross from Guy Demel just outside the right post, in the process giving his keeper Manuel Neuer a near heart attack at what was very close to being an own-goal.

Van Nistelrooy nearly gave Hamburg the lead on the stroke of halftime when his 22-yard free kick from just outside the area careened off the crossbar, then his countryman Eljero Elia had his follow-up shot knocked clear by Neuer.

As surprising as the scoreless halftime result was after such an active opening half, it took the hosts only seconds to rectify the situation after the break, thanks to the work of their two Dutch attacking maestros.

Elia slipped free of the defense on the left flank and lofted a high cross towards goal, which split a pair of Schalke defenders and fell in perfect position for van Nistelrooy to power into the net for the 47th-minute lead.

Schalke's chance for a come-back took a hit on the hour mark, as defender Benedikt Höwedes saw his second yellow card in the space of seven minutes for a trip on Jonathan Pitroipa, leaving the guests with a man-disadvantage for the final 30 minutes and forcing the early sacrifice of Raul from his German debut in favor of a defensive reshuffling by coach Felix Magath.

Rather than close up shop and accept the loss, Magath's squad continued to push through their disadvantage, and succeeded in drawing even with ten minutes left on the clock as Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan redirected a long free kick from Ivan Rakitic over Frank Rost and into the upper right corner of the net.

Their joy would be short-lived, however, as the unstoppable van Nistelrooy timed his run into the box perfectly to make his close-range shot from a Ze Roberto pass look like a piece of cake for his 83rd-minute winner.

Jones and his teammates will hope to put on a better performance and take the full three points on Saturday when they return to Gelsenkirchen to host Hannover.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 1 FC Nürnberg

Michael Bradley was a ninety minute man for Borussia Mönchengladbach who split the points with Nürnberg on Saturday in the opening round of the Bundesliga.

Bradley started at midfielder for the hosts who were surely disappointed to not have collected all three points.

Nurnberg opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Juri Judt played a cross to Jens Hegeler who headed home to give the visitors the lead.

Gladbach countered with a strike in the 31st minute courtesy of Mohammoudou Idrissou who was set up by Marcos Reus just inside the penalty area and Idrissou uncorked a shot that found the right corner of the net.

Just minutes later Bradley had an effort from long-range but the ball just sailed over the crossbar.

Gladbach continued to pressure the visitors in the second half but never were able to find that final tough for a goal.

The US international had another shot from distance in the 70th minute that was on target but was fisted away by Nurnberg goalkeeper Rahphael Schäfer.

In the end, solid defending and goalkeeping kept Bradley and company from getting the win as Gladbach will hope to do better next weekend when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Hannover 96 2 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover started their 2010-2011 Bundesliga campaign on the right foot by downing Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday at AWD Arena in Hannover.

The American defender and newly-appointed Hannover captain started and went the distance in the Reds' win.

Compatriot and fellow World Cup teammate Ricardo Clark made the gameday roster for Eintracht but did not see any action.

Hannover's Konstantin Rausch opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he collected a pass from Didier Ya Konan and unleashed a shot from edge of the penalty area.

Six minutes later the visitors were able to level the match through the play Patrick Ochs who fought through the Hannover defense, won possession and delivered a pass to Benjamin Köhler who pushed in the equalizer.

The two teams battled for the next 50 minutes until Hannover broke through 15 minutes from time.

This time it was Ya Konan grabbing the goal after some shoddy defending by Eintracht who failed to clear and gave Sergio Pinto enough room to send a ball over to Ya Konan who scored right by the penalty spot.

Cherundolo and company next face Jermaine Jones and Schalke while Clark and Eintracht welcome Hamburg.

SC Freiburg 1 - 3 FC St. Pauli

Danny Williams was a second half substitute for Freiburg who were blitzed in the final ten minutes by St. Pauli in the opening weekend of the Bundesliga on Saturday at Badenova Stadion.

Williams played the final 45 minutes at defender and had the misfortune of watching St. Pauli score three goals in seven minutes to claim the victory.

Both teams struggled to generate any goals until the 78th minute when Cedric Makiadi's pass from the left side found Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse who tapped in from five yards out.

The goal seemed to awaken the newly-promoted visitors who then went on a goalscoring spree in rapid-fire succession.

First it was Fabian Boll who equalized in the 83rd minute when he gathered in a pass from Richard Sukuta-Pasu and scored into the left corner of the net from 20 yards out.

St. Pauli clearly had the momentum on their side as they searched for the game-winner which came just six minutes later.

This time it was Sukuta-Pasu scoring when he slipped in a shot after Fin Bartels' effort had been deflected back out.

Williams and the rest of the Freiburg defense saw their day only get worse in the 91st minute when Sukuta-Pasu set up Bartels with a goal of his own to complete the upset.

Freiburg will hope to get back on track next weekend when they travel to Nürnberg.

Osnabruck 1 – 3 MSV Duisburg

David Yelldell and Duisburg used two second half goals to power their way to victory on Sunday at Osnatel-Arena.

Yelldell started in goal for the visitors and conceded just a single goal allowing Duisburg to collect their third straight victory in 2. Bundesliga play.

Ivica Grlic started the scoring for Duisburg in the 23rd minute when he fired in a free kick that found the top left corner.

Five minutes later the hosts equalized when Matthias Heidrich converted a penalty kick after Duisburg defender Julian Koch was whistled for a hand ball in the area.

The second half so Duisburg continue their play of relying on a solid defense and using a surgical counterattack as their source for offense.

That strategy paid dividends in the 65th minute when Koch redeemed himself for the hand ball by heading in a cross from Grlic.

Yelldell and company added another goal in second half stoppage time when once again Grlic acted the role as playmaker and set up Filip Trojan with a left footed shot that found the back of the net.

Next up for Duisburg is a home contest with Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt.


Amaechi Igwe is injured and did not take part in FC Ingolstadt's 1-4 home loss to FC Augsburg.

Luis Robles watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper for Karlsruher who were thumped 4-1 at SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

Kenny Cooper remains injured and did not take part in 1860 Munich's match against VfL Bochum.

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