SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, April 2, 2012
Steve Cherundolo won, Jermaine Jones, Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson all got a point, while Timothy Chandler came up short against Bayern Munich.
FC Nuremberg 0 - 1 FC Bayern Munich
For in-depth coverage of the match, see David Smith's Press Box Report.
1899 Hoffenheim 1 - 1 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 squared off against Fabian Johnson and 1899 Hoffenheim on Sunday, as two penalties produced the goals on Sunday.
Jones and Johnson both got the nods from their respective coaches, while Daniel Williams had to settle for the bench.
Before either team could produce a scoring chance, Jones picked up his 10th yellow on the season in the 23rd minute for a tackle on Firmino.
The game did eventually produce a highlight, which also led to the game's first goal at the half-hour mark.
Sven Schipplock danced around one defender to drive along the touchline at the keeper, whom he rounded, only to be taken to ground by Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall. Sehad Salihovic stepped up and converted for the 1-0 lead.
Just when it looked like Hoffenheim was going to be able to make it a second straight victory, Andreas Beck was called for a penalty on Chinedu Obasi in the 80th minute, which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar blasted past keeper Tom Starke for his 23rd goal of the season.
A minute later, Williams came on for Firmino.
Jones will miss out on next week's match against Hannover, while Johnson and Williams will look to send Kaiserslautern closer to relegation.
Hannover 96 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 were victorious on Sunday as a couple of second half goals were enough to send off the guests.
Cherundolo and Hannover showed little sign of fatigue from Thursday's Europa League affair against Athletico Madrid.
The game's first 45 minutes, however, produced little in the way of attractive, attacking soccer.
In the 57th minute, the hosts drew first blood, as Koka Rausch let a volley fly from 20 yards out. His shot was off-target, but found its way to Didier Ya Konan right in front of goal and the Ivorian had little more to do than poke it over the line for the lead.
Hannover needed 20 minutes to add a second, when Jan Schlaudraff found Mame Diouf with a low cross, before Harvard Norveit pulled one back for the guests two minutes later.
Gladbach pressed for an equalizer, but Hannover's defense held.
Hannover travels to Schalke next week in Bundesliga action on Sunday.
SV Darmstadt 0 - 0 Unterhaching
Preston Zimmerman started for Darmstadt against Unterhaching on Saturday, as both teams had to settle for a point.
Zimmerman made his 4th start in a row for Darmstadt, going the distance each time.
Darmstadt controlled the game for long periods at a time, and Uwe Hesse had the best chance for the hosts in the 19th minute, but his header hit the crossbar.
After having manufactured nothing more than a couple of half-chances throughout the match, Unterhaching nearly landed a lucky punch in the 84th minute, but Mijo Tunjic shot over the bar from close range.
With the point, Darmstadt now sits in 11th place with 40 points.
Andrew Wooten did not make the bench as Kaiserslautern lost 1-0 to Hamburg, all but sealing their relegation.
Alfredo Morales made the bench, but did not see any action as Berlin lost to Wolfsburg 4-1.
David Yelldell was the backup keeper on Saturday as Leverkusen lost at home to Freiburg 2-0.