SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, March 5, 2012
Andrew Wooten made his Bundesliga debut for Kaiserslautern and Timothy Chandler helped lead FC Nurnberg to a huge win over Borussia Mönchengladbach in a full weekend of German action
Hannover 96 2 - 2 FC Augsburg
Steve Cherundolo got the nod in defense for Hannover 96, who conceded a late goal to drop two points to FC Augsburg.
After playing 90 minutes in Wednesday's victory against Italy, Cherundolo put in another full shift on Saturday for head coach Mirko Slomka.
The guests from Bavaria started the match in the ascendancy and only needed 12 minutes to grab the opener.
Axel Bellinghausen took Torsten Oehrl's back-heel pass one-time with his left foot and beat Hannover's keeper Ron-Robert Zieler with a curling shot from 22 yards out.
Augsburg kept the pressure on after taking the lead, and nearly grabbed a second but Paul Verhaegh could not cap off an incredible solo run through the defense in the 18th minute.
After another three chances that could or should have added to their lead, Augsburg were punished for their wastefulness as Hannover equalized thanks to Karim Haggui's looping header that wrong footed Augsburg keeper Simon Jentzsch in the 33rd minute.
Hannover, yet to lose at home all season long, were on course to steer home a victory when Winter signing Mame Diouff outleapt his defender to nod in Sergio Pinto's cross for the 2-1 advantage.
Despite the setback, Augsburg continued to pose a threat to the home goal and was rewarded in the 89th minute with a penalty that Jan Ingwer Callsen-Bracker converted easily for the game's final 2-2 score.
Cherundolo and Hannover are in action on Thursday in the Europa League action Standard Liege, and then again on Sunday against Werder Bremen.
SC Freiburg 2 - 1 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones returned to the starting lineup for Schalke after serving a long suspension, but could not prevent an embarrassing defeat to last-place Freiburg.
His suspension served, Jones was first choice in midfield for head coach Huub Stevens, promptly starting the German-American to marshal the Schalke midfield.
Schalke had the better start, and nearly scored after just 6 minutes, but Spanish striker Raul was unable to put a rebound past Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann.
Freiburg's first chance of the match came in the 18th minute, and bore fruit immediately. Johannes Flum found a gap between the Schalke defense and found Sebastian Freis, who rounded Schalke netminder Timo Hildebrand for the 1-0 lead.
After taking the lead, Freiburg increased its dominance and created a string of chances against an apathetic Schalke team that appeared to just be going through the motions. The chances, however, failed to find the back of the net.
In the 60th minute, Jones picked up his seventh yellow of the season after bringing down Jan Rosenthal from behind.
Just six minutes later, Freiburg got a precious second goal as Kyriakos Papadopoulos fouled Jonathan Schmid in the box. Daniel Caligiuri stepped up and converted coolly for the 2-0 lead.
Head coach Stevens subbed off Raul in the 71st minute for Finnish striker Timo Pukki, who needed a mere 30 seconds to justify his appearance.
Jones played a long, flat ball into the path of the speedy Finn, who got behind the Freiburg defense and confidently beat keeper Baumann to the far post.
Schalke was now pressing for an equalizer, and nearly got one in the 84th minute, but Lewis Holtby was unlucky, only hitting the woodwork.
After some tense moments for both teams, the referee called time and Freiburg got an improbable and deserved victory that saw them move past Kaiserslautern into second to last place.
Schalke has double duty this week with a Europa League match on Thursday against Dutch club Twente Enschede, before hosting Hamburg on Sunday.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Timmy Chandler started for Nuremberg on Sunday, who scored an impressive victory over surprise side Gladbach.
Chandler put in 69 minutes of work for head coach Dieter Hecking, who made one change over last week's lineup, bringing on Daniel Didavi to pull the strings in midfield for the suspended Hanno Ballitsch.
Nuremberg was content to let Gladbach do the attacking, while the home team laid in wait hoping to catch the opposition on the counter attack.
The game's best chance came in the 48th minute, after Chandler whiffed on a clearance right in front of goal. Gladbach's Juan Arango, however, was unable to capitalize on Chandler's gift as Nuremberg keeper Rafael Schäffer bailed out Chandler and Nuremberg.
Chandler nearly grabbed a goal for Nuremberg after an hour of play, but was denied from short range by Gladbach keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen.
Nuremberg got the winner, though, in the 87th minute, when substitute Albert Bunjaku profited from Alexander Esswein's slicing run through the defense to hammer home from 4 yards out to give Nuremberg a vital victory.
Nuremberg now has 31 points, 9 above the relegation zone. Up next for Chandler and Nuremberg is a Saturday trip to Mainz.
TSG Hoffenheim 1899 1 - 1 FC Köln
Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim and played the full 90, as Hoffenheim failed to hold onto a lead in a match against Cologne that they should have one comfortably.
While Johnson got the start, Daniel Williams had to sit out due to suspension after seeing his 5th yellow of the season last week.
The match first got going after 15 minutes, when Boris Vukcevic beat Cologne keeper Michael Rensing with a right-footed volley, but the goal was disallowed for offsides.
In the 33rd minute Rensing was beaten again, this time by Marvin Compper's well-placed header, and this time the goal stood.
Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino nearly doubled the host's advantage a few minutes later, but his header from an impressive 22 yards just missed the target.
Hoffenheim kept beating keeper Rensing, but could not find the back of the net. In the 63rd minute, it was Sven Schipplock's turn to get in on the action. The young German rounded Rensing deftly and fired hard and low. Cologne's Christian Eichner then cleared off the line, but only as far as Schipplock, who hammered his rebound off the crossbar.
In the 81st minute, the guests made Hoffenheim pay for their profligacy, as Lukas Podolski converted Salomir Peszko's cross with a glancing header that beat keeper Tom Starke.
Up next for Hoffenheim is a trip to Bavaria to take on Bayern Munich.
FC Kaiserslautern 0 - 0 VfL Wolfsburg
Andrew Wooten made his debut in the senior team and saw about 20 minutes of action, as Kaiserslautern picked up a point at home, but still fell to last place in Germany.
Head coach Marko Kurz named Wooten to the bench for a senior match for the first, and promptly gave the young striker 20 minutes of playing time.
The match was high on intensity, but low on attacking save for long distance shots on both sides.
Kaiserslautern came close to breaking the deadlock in the 41st minute, but Christian Tiffert was foiled by Diego Benaglio's left foot as the striker failed to convert from point blank range.
Wooten nearly got a goal in his debut, but his excellent volley was cleared off the line by Mario Mandzukic after beating Benaglio.
In the end, neither team could find the back of the net and had to settle with a point.
Kaiserslautern fell to last place after Freiburg beat Schalke. Up next is a Friday visit to Stuttgart to take on the VfB.
Alemania Aachen 0 - 3 SC Paderborn
Matt Taylor came on and almost single handedly saved the day, scoring twice, to help Paderborn stay in prime position for a run at promotion into the German top-flight.
Taylor started on the bench, but came on early as top goal scorer Nick Proschwitz suffered an injury after just 18 minutes of play.
Taylor made the most of the opportunity.
In the 55th minute, Paderborn's Mehmet Kara forced Aachen's keeper Boy Waterman into a save from just outside the box. Waterman could not corral the effort, and spilled a rebound to Taylor, who racing onto it before his marker easily hit it into the back of the net for the lead.
The same suspects were involved seven minutes later, as Kara fought his way past the defense to the touchline, and fired on goal. Waterman let the ball scoot past, landing on Taylor's poaching boat a half a yard out. The American tapped in and Paderborn was up by two.
The home team was then reduced to 10 after Albert Streit picked up his second yellow in the 74th minute.
If that were not curtains enough already, Seyi Olajengbesi was shown a straight red in the 78th minute for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Paderborn used the new found space and added a third in the 89th minute as Lukas Rupp played Enis Alushi behind the defense. Alushi fired from 15 yards out and beat Waterman for the game's final goal.
With the victory, Paderborn is in 3rd place with 49 points, behind Eintracht Frankfurt on mere goal difference.
Up next for Paderborn is a home match against VfL Bochum on Friday.
Alfredo Morales saw just over 10 minutes of action as Hertha Berlin got a much-needed victory over Werder Bremen 1-0.
Amaechi Igwe did not make the bench for Babelsberg as they tied Chemnitz 0-0.
Preston Zimmerman saw some late-game action as Darmstadt won by a goal on Sunday.