DAVID SMITH - Sunday, December 5, 2010
Alfredo Morales got his first start for Hertha in the team's loss 1860 Munich while Michael Bradley netted a goal for Gladbach in a losing effort to Steve Cherundolo and high-flying Hannover.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 Hannover 96
Michael Bradley put the Foals ahead with his third goal of the season, however they were unable to hold on with ten men against Hannover and remain in last place.
Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 minutes at right back for Hannover, while DaMarcus Beasley sat on the bench as an unused substitute.
The Foals got off to a promising start, taking the lead in the 17th minute thanks to their American midfielder. Hannover's Lars Stindl received a yellow card for a foul on Juan Arango, setting Bradley up for a 43-yard free kick from the left flank.
His long shot flew over the heads of several defenders and was left untouched by two nearby Foals teammates, and bounced just inside the left post, surprising Hannover keeper Florian Fromlowitz.
Any momentum the team had from the goal was killed with two minutes left in the first half, as Raul Bobadilla was shown red after he took a retaliatory kick to the thigh of Sergio Pinto after what he felt was an unfair challenge.
While Gladbach held the lead for much of the second half, it all broke down in the final 20 minutes of play.
Didier Ya Konan controlled a pass on the right side of Gladbach's penalty area from Manuel Schmiedebach and sent a hard cross towards the center, which Mike Hanke headed powerfully in, pulling the game even in the 73rd minute.
Hannover then got the winning goal two minutes later, as Cherundolo fed Schmiedebach on the right edge of the area, and the midfielder centered the ball for the wide-open Ya Konan to tap into the net.
Hannover stay in fourth place with the win, how with a four-point edge over fifth-place Freiburg. They next host struggling Stuttgart on Friday as they try to solidify their position before the winter break.
The Foals remain in the league's cellar with just ten points from 15 games, and face a tough test on Sunday when they visit Freiburg.
MSV Duisburg 1 - 3 FSV Frankfurt
David Yelldell went the distance for the Zebras, but was unable to stop the onslaught by FSV Frankfurt.
Duisburg were off and running on their mission to take top spot in the standings, taking the lead after 26 minutes when Stefan Maierhofer rose high to head in a cross from the right side by Julian Koch.
Bjoern Schlicke pulled Frankfurt even in the 37th minute when Sascha Mölders deflected a long free kick to his feet, which he slammed high just under the crossbar out of Yelldell's reach.
Mölders then put his team ahead four minutes later, redirecting a cross from the right flank by Momar N'Diaye into the far corner.
The visitors limited Duisburg throughout the remainder of the game, and grabbed an insurance goal with five minutes later as Mike Wunderlich intercepted a pass from Yelldell to his defense, and evaded several defenders before firing past the keeper for the final score.
Duisburg drop into the third-place promotion playoff spot and next face 12th-place SC Paderborn 07 on Saturday afternoon.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1 - 0 Karlsruher SC
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe were able to limit Düsseldorf to a single goal on Sunday, however their season's woes continued as they were shut out for their eighth loss of the season.
After blasting Oberhausen by four goals the weekend before, Uwe Rapolder's squad had hoped to maintain the level of play against a Düsseldorf team which has also failed to impress so far this season.
The hosts came out firing, however, with Johannes van den Bergh forcing Robles into action to punch away a potentially deadly cross in the eighth minute.
While the American's clearance momentarily put the ball away from the danger area, Düsseldorf maintained possession, with van den Bergh again sending in a long cross from the left just seconds later which was headed in by Sascha Rösler for the lead.
Düsseldorf remained on the attack, with Ranisav Jovanovic forcing Robles to make a low save to his left at the half-hour mark and the hosts coming close on several other occasions.
Karlsruhe did hold their hosts scoreless for the remaining 82 minutes, however could never find their own footing on the attack, ultimately returning home empty-handed.
Karlsruhe remain in the relegation playoff spot, with a two-point gap to safety. They will try to gain some momentum before the winter break on Friday when they host last-place Bielefeld.
TSV 1860 Munich 1 - 0 Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin youngster Alfredo Morales got his first-ever first-team start on Sunday afternoon, as Hertha suffered their third straight loss to fall to fifth place.
1860 forward Kenny Cooper is in the final stages of recovering from a broken ankle and did not suit up for the hosts.
Even though Hertha head coach Markus Babbel opted for a more defensive lineup including Morales in central midfield as he tried to halt their two-game losing streak, 1860 still needed just 11 minutes to score the game's first and only goal.
A turnover in the midfielder saw Benjamin Laugh receive the ball on the right side and storm up the flank before launching a stunning long blast into the corner which left the keeper with no chance to save.
While Hertha had a number of chances to equalize throughout the game, any hope was finally put to rest with eight minutes left, as keeper Marco Sejna inexplicably handled the ball intentionally outside of his penalty area in a battle for possession with Djordje Rakic, and was promptly given his marching orders as a result.
Hertha fall all the way to fifth-place with the loss, tied with Fürth and Duisburg on 29 points but trailing both by goal differential. They host 2. Bundesliga leaders Aue on Sunday, trying to avoid a disappointing fourth straight loss.
1860 remain eighth place with the win, and will next visit relegation-threatened Ingolstadt on Sunday.
Ricardo Clark was an unused substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 2-1 win at home over struggling Mainz on Saturday.
Freiburg's Daniel Williams was not included in the team's roster on Saturday for their 1-0 home win over Hamburg.
Jermaine Jones has been demoted to Schalke's second team and was not included in the roster for their surprising 2-0 home win over surging Bayern on Saturday.
Amaechi Igwe is recovering from a knee injury and did not participate on Saturday as they drew 1-1 at Aue.
Fabian Hürzeler and FC Bayern II had the weekend off as their home game against SpVgg Unterhaching was called off due to excessive snow.
Matt Taylor will likely get the start on Wednesday when Ahlen host Hansa Rostock.