SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, August 6, 2012
The 2. Bundesliga kicked off with John Anthony Brooks making his debut for Hertha, while Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt got the better of Matt Taylor and Preußen Münster in the next division.
Hertha Berlin 2 - 2 SC Paderborn
John Anthony Brooks earned his first senior cap for Berlin, putting in 90 minutes of solid work in central defense, as Berlin snatched a late equalizer for a point.
Things got off to a slow start as both squads were determined to keep their shape in the back and cautiously push up the field into attack.
The scoring, however, was opened in the 43rd minutes as German-born Turk Deniz Yilmaz profited from some slick passing on the right flank between Alban Meha and right back Jens Wemmer. The latter cut his cross back to the 6 yard box, where Yilmaz easily put Paderborn ahead.
Berlin pulled level in the 63rd minute, when Brazilian midfielder Ronny struck from distance, hooking a right-footed shot past Paderborn keeper Lukas Kruse.
It looked as if the visitors from Paderborn were going to take all three points after Meha converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute.
But Berlin struck back a mere minute later, with off-season signing Sami Allagui cleaning up and firing home after keeper Kruse spilled Ronny's free kick.
Brooks and Berlin travel to Frankfurt on Sunday to take on FSV Frankfurt.
SC Darmstadt 2 - 1 Preußen Munster
Matt Taylor got the start and went the distance for Munster, while Preston Zimmerman was a second-half sub, as the latter got the better of the former in 3.Liga action.
Not only did Taylor and Munster come to town on top of the 3.Liga standings, but had also yet to concede a goal in the young season.
After 16 minutes, however, both were history as Uwe Hesse got on the end of an Elton da Costa cross to put the home team up.
In the 60th minute, Zimmerman came on for Ugur Albayrak.
Darmstadt tallied again in the 75th minute when Da Costa's fired a free kick off the post that landed at Andreas Gaebler's feet. The right back slotted home a right-footed shot to put the game away.
Taylor, for his part, went in the referee's book for the second time this season in the 80th minute.
Amaury Bischoff pulled one back for the guests in the 88th minute with a firmly struck free kick that sailed just under the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Both teams are in action on Wednesday with Zimmerman and Darmstadt taking on Chemnitz and Taylor and Munster hosting Hansa Rostock.
FC Heidenheim 2 - 1 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal Dominique Fennell and Stuttgart are still looking for their first win of the 3.Liga season as the Swabians fell again on Saturday.
Fennell made his third start of the season for Stuttgart in the center of defense, going the distance yet again.
Just 10 minutes into the game, Stuttgart keeper Daniel Wagner had to fish a ball out from his goal as Nico Frommer beat the goalie with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area.
Stuttgart waited until the second half to bag an equalizer, but pulled level all the same in the 48th minute. Marco Grüttner netted after Marcos Alvarez found him alone in front of goal with a pinpoint cross.
Tim Göhlert grabbed the winner for Heidenheim in the 68th minute, getting on the end of a long throw-in.
Up next for Fennell and Stuttgart is a Wednesday date with Halle.