DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 27, 2010
Michael Bradley netted for the Foals as they put a damper on Schalke's turnaround with a draw while David Yelldell and Duisburg could not muster a victory on their trip to Union Berlin.
FC Schalke 04 2 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Michael Bradley scored Gladbach's second goal of the afternoon, however they were unable to hang on against a Schalke comeback and had to settle for a share of the points.
Schalke defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones also got the start for his team, however was substituted out by coach Felix Magath after 51 minutes with the team trailing 2-0 in favor of attacking player Jefferson Farfan.
The Königsblauen had shown signs during midweek play that they were beginning to turn around from their awful start to the season, but dug themselves into an early hole thanks to a defensive blunder.
Defender Benedikt Höwedes pulled down Raul Bobadilla in the area in the 15th minute, allowing Filip Daems to convert the resulting spot kick to the lower right of Manuel Neuer's goal.
Schalke did show fight for the remainder of the half and troubled Logan Bailly's goal on several occasions, however their visitors were the ones to strike next, with Bradley doing the honors two minutes before the break.
A quick counter up the left saw Thorben Marx cut the ball inside to Bradley, with the American international connecting on his 14-yard shot from just beyond the penalty spot to the right corner of goal.
Having almost certainly received an earful from Magath at halftime, Schalke began their fightback quickly past the break. Defender Christoph Metzelder dropped a looping pass over the Gladbach defense, which Dutch forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar smashed into the net to cut the lead to one goal in the 52nd minute.
Rather than tightening up to hold the lead, the Foals put themselves in a tough position when Roel Brouwers was sent off in the 78th minute for a reckless tackle on Huntelaar, and were made to pay for it nine minutes later.
Spanish striker Raul had a deflected ball land at his feet, evaded Gladbach defenders Daems and Anderson, then blasted his 15-yard shot to the corner to salvage the point for the hosts.
The draw moves Schalke up one spot to 17th place, trailing 16th-place Gladbach by one point.
Schalke next host Benfica on Wednesday in the Champions League before traveling to Nürnberg three days later in Bundesliga action. Bradley and the Foals next host Wolfsburg on Saturday.
FC Kaiserslautern 0 - 1 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo was a 90-minute man for Hannover on Sunday evening to help the Reds continue their hot start to the season with a 1-0 win at Kaiserslautern.
Reds midfielder DaMarcus Beasley was not included on head coach Mirko Slomka's bench for the game.
The hosts began the game brightly, having several chances in the early minutes before Hannover grabbed control three minutes past the half-hour mark. Manuel Schmiedebach knocked a cross from the left goalwards, which Mohammed Abdellaoue headed in just inside the right post for the lead.
Kaiserslautern nearly drew even in the 41st minute when Srdjan Lakic saw his shot hit the post and continued to push forward through the second half, but were unable to get any past Florian Fromlowitz, who made a total of five saves in the winning effort.
The win propels Hannover up to third place in the Bundesliga standings with a total of 13 points. They return home next week for a Friday night date with St. Pauli.
FC Union Berlin 2 - 0 MSV Duisburg
David Yelldell went the distance in Duisburg's goal on Sunday afternoon as the team gave up a pair of second-half goals to Union Berlin to come away from the game empty-handed.
The Zebras looked in their midweek win over erstwhile leaders Augsburg as though they had bounced back from last weekend's loss at Aue, and continued their strong strong play throughout a high-tempo first-half, looking the team more likely to grab an opening goal.
Union managed to hold the line, however, sending keeping Duisburg from ever actually succeeding in netting the first goal, which would rear up to bite them not long after the pause.
Barely one minute after Union player Dominic Peitz just missed to the right of goal, Chinedu Ede fed Union captain Torsten Mattuschka a ball from the left, which he took and evaded Duisburg defender Bruno Soares before blasting to the center of goal just out of Yelldell's reach for the 48th-minute lead.
The Berliners then added the insurance goal with seven minutes remaining in the game, as Santi Kolk was the recipient of a fine cross from Peitz, which he headed in from seven yards out.
While Duisburg were given a momentary advantage in the 89th minute when Kolk was sent early to the showers after picking up his second yellow of the game, they were never able to capitalize in the final seconds, slumping to their second loss in three games.
With the loss, Duisburg fall to sixth place on 12 points. They next host third-place Oberhausen on Friday.
Rot Weiss Ahlen 0 - 1 Dynamo Dresden
Matt Taylor played the full 90 minutes for Ahlen on Friday, but was unable to help them find the net as they slumped to a loss at home to Dynamo Dresden.
After being embarrassed by a three-goal loss in midweek action, Ahlen - and Taylor - were looking to regain the strong play that had propelled them to their first win of the season just days before.
They only needed until midway through the first half to find themselves in the hole, as Dresden player Gerrit Müller headed in a cross from Robert Koch for the 23rd-minute advantage.
Ahlen were given a huge chance shortly after the resumption of play after halftime, as Dynamo defender Thomas Hübener was forced to pull Taylor down as the American broke towards goal, and was given his marching orders by the referee as he was the last defender on Taylor.
Ahlen used their man-advantage to push forward, however a gutsy defensive effort by the remaining Dresden players kept them at bay, with the final whistle giving the visitors the much-deserved three points.
Ahlen drop to 17th place in the 3. Liga standings with the loss, out of the relegation zone only on goal differential. They will next visit Saarbrücken on Saturday.
Ricardo Clark was an unused substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 2-0 win at home over FC Nürnberg on Saturday.
Daniel Williams watched from the bench on Sunday as Freiburg came away from their trip to Wolfsburg empty-handed, losing by a 2-1 scoreline.
Backup Karlsruher SC keeper Luis Robles did not take the field on Friday for their 2-0 loss at home to FSV Frankfurt.
Amaechi Igwe is recovering from a knee injury and did not participate in Ingolstadt's 1-0 loss on the road to SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
Kenny Cooper is still several weeks away from resuming training and did not travel with 1860 to Augsburg for their 2-1 win on Sunday.