DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 20, 2010
Michael Bradley and the Foals suffered a second straight blowout loss while a pair of goals from Matt Taylor helped Ahlen to their first victory of the season.
VfB Stuttgart 7 - 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley went the distance in Gladbach's midfield on Saturday as they were victims of a seven-goal explosion by their hosts Stuttgart.
Despite their shellacking at the hands of Frankfurt one week before, the Foals would have expected to face much easier time with their hosts Stuttgart, who were previously without any points in league play through their first three games.
Russian international Pavel Pogrebnyak wasted no time to put Stuttgart ahead when he scored from close range off a rebound from a Cacau shot in the second minute, then Georg Niedermeier doubled the advantage 19 minutes later when he headed in a corner from Italian Mauro Camoranesi.
Gladbach held their deficit at two goals until shortly past the break, when the floodgates opened and Stuttgart netted another five in the space of barely 25 minutes.
Pogrebnyak nailed a second goal in the 54th minute following a corner from Matthieu Delpierre, then completed his hat trick six minutes afterwards after being set up with a long-range ball into the box from Arthur Boka.
Zdravko Kuzmanovic made it five for the hosts in the 64th minute with a low shot from outside the area to the lower right corner, then Delpierre grabbed one of his own eight minutes following, heading in a corner from Christian Träsch.
Substitute Ciprian Marica completed the rout with ten minutes left, connecting on a cross from Daniel Didavi to finish the nightmare afternoon for the bewildered guests.
The Foals' second loss in a row drops them to 13th place in the standings. They next host St. Pauli on Wednesday in midweek action.
VfL Wolfsburg 2 - 0 Hannover 96
DaMarcus Beasley made his Hannover debut on Saturday, taking the field as a second-half substitute while Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 minutes in their loss at local rivals Wolfsburg.
Hannover were looking to continue their undefeated start to the season, but the inevitable awakening of the previously-under-performing Wolfsburg squad came unfortunately at their expense.
Wolfsburg had several chances to go up in the first half as they were clearly the dominant team, but it wasn't until the 55th minute when their marquee summer signing Deigo finally started to live up to his lofty price tag.
A dangerous cross into the area from Peter Pekarik was deflected by the Hannover defense towards the Brazilian, who netted his second goal of the season in spectacular fashion with an unstoppable overhead kick to the upper right corner of Florian Fromlowitz's goal.
The team grabbed their second of the afternoon 12 minutes later thanks to Bosnian star Edin Dzeko, as he took advantage of an ill-advised rush by Fromlowitz from his line to shoot into the open goal for his fourth through four games.
Beasley entered the game in the 77th minute for Konstantin Rausch in an attempt to stretch the Wolfsburg defense, however the visitors were never able to gain any momentum and were forced to deal with their first loss of the season.
Hannover falls to seventh with the loss, and will host Werder Bremen on Tuesday.
Erzgebirge Aue 1 - 0 MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell played the full game in Duisburg's goal on Sunday as they suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Erzgebirge Aue.
Duisburg had cruised to the league lead after the first three games on the strength of their ability to grind out the tough ones, however they were ultimately unsuccessful on Sunday against the upstarts Aue in a wild second half that saw three sending offs and the winning goal in the span of just 13 minutes.
The first half was anything but the beautiful game as it was marred by constant fouling and seemingly more discussion with referee Babak Rafati than any time actually spent in pursuit of any goals.
The referee had clearly lost his patience with both teams shortly past the hour mark, as he first gave Aue defender Kevin Schlitte a quick trip to the showers for a second yellow in the 65th minute, then did the same for Duisburg central defender Daniel Reiche just seconds later.
As both teams tried to quickly reshuffle their tactics, Aue's attack took advantage of a moment of carelessness by Duisburg's defense as Skerdilaid Curri sent Jan Hochscheidt into the box with a fine pass, with the latter first beating two defenders before firing into the right side of Yelldell's goal in the 72nd minute.
Any hope Duisburg had of coming back for at least a draw was dented six minutes later when Bruno Soares was the third player to be sent off by Rafati, leaving the visitors with no chance to prevent the loss.
Yelldell and his teammates fall from first to fifth with the loss, still just one point behind the four-team traffic jam at the top of the standings. They have the chance to possibly climb back into the lead on Wednesday when they host first-place Augsburg.
Rot Weiss Ahlen 3 - 0 Carl Zeiss Jena
Matt Taylor put in an impressive showing for his new team Ahlen, netting two goals as they picked up their first win of the season over Carl Zeiss Jena.
Jena lost center back Moses Sichone after ten minutes to injury after he collided with the goalpost in a defensive effort, then saw their fortunes continue to sour as Kevin Wölk put Ahlen ahead with a strike in the 27th minute.
Taylor opened his scoring account four minutes before the half as Jena keeper Carsten Nulle couldn't hold onto a long-range shot from Sebastian Ghasemi-Nobakht, with the ball falling to the American to put away for the 2-0 halftime lead.
He then put the game out of reach with the team's third with 13 minutes left in regulation, finally giving the home crowd reason to cheer after a frustrating - and previously winless - start to the season.
Ahlen are now two points clear of danger, in 14th place with a total of eight points in the bag. They face a tough trip to seventh-place Heidenheim on Tuesday evening.
Jermaine Jones was an unused substitute for Schalke in their embarrassing 3-1 loss at home to arch rivals Dortmund on Sunday.
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ricardo Clark and Freiburg defender Daniel Williams both sat as unused substitute for their respective teams as Freiburg picked up three important points on the road with a 1-0 victory.
Backup keeper Luis Robles sat as an unused substitute for Karlsruher SC's 2-1 home win over Paderborn.
Kenny Cooper is still recovering from a broken ankle and did not suit up for 1860 Munich's 2-1 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Ingolstadt defender Amaechi Igwe is still injured and did not participate in the team's 1-0 road loss at Bielefeld.