SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, September 23, 2012
Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson both found the back of the net in victory for Hoffenheim against Steve Cherundolo and Hannover, while Jermaine Jones and Schalke fell to Bayern Munich.
Hoffenheim 3 - 1 Hannover 96
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both featured against Steve Cherundolo and Hannover as the Hoffenheim duo both scored to earn Hoffenheim their first points of the season.
Johnson and Williams both started and went the distance, while Cherundolo captained the visitors and also put in a full shift.
Hannover took the lead against the run of play in the 26th minute as Matthieu Delpierre gifted the visitors an own goal when his clearance attempt of Konstantin Rausch's hard-struck cross landed in the back of his own net.
Hoffeheim, however, struck back quickly. Johnson flicked the ball up, over and past Cherundolo on the left with a deft back heel, cut inside and capped off a world-class solo effort by curving the ball past Hannover keeper Ron Robert Zieler in the 27th minute.
Hoffenheim kept up the attack for the entire game and were rewarded for their efforts with a pair of late goals. Substitute Kevin Volland found Vehad Salihovic in the 82nd minute with a pinpoint cross and the Bosnian made no mistake guiding his header past Zieler.
Williams then capped off the day's scoring with his first Bundesliga goal in the 92nd minute profiting from Volland's work in the open field to tap home into an empty net.
Williams, Johnson and Hoffenheim will look to make it two in a row as they travel to Stuttgart on Wednesday to take on fellow strugglers VfB Stuttgart, while Hannover and Cherundolo host Nuremberg Wednesday evening as well.
Schalke 04 0 - 2 FC Bayern Munich
Jermaine Jones and Schalke hosted league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, falling to two second-half goals in the span of three minutes.
Jones' availability for the match was in serious doubt after he picked up a knock in Tuesday's Champions League clash versus Olympiakos, but the midfielder was ready to go for the Bundesliga's top match-up of the weekend.
Both teams started the match with heavy legs, as Munich too had midweek Champions League duty, but the leaders soon took the initiative, although clear-cut chances were few and far between.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben should have put the guests in front in the 37th minute, but Robben showed off why he has a feared left boot by egregiously missing with his right.
Schalke then flashed some attacking prowess of its own by creating an excellent chance in the 39th minute through Jefferson Farfan that went begging.
Bayern then broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as Toni Kroos beat Benedikt Höwedes to a ball in the box to easily fire past Lars Unnerstahl with his right for his 3rd goal of the season.
Munich found the back of the net a mere three minutes later to put the game away. Thomas Müller nutmegged Christian Fuchs on the right edge of the box, continued his run to the middle and toe-poked the ball past Unnerstahl in the 58th minute.
Schalke and Jones take to the field on Tuesday once again as they host Mainz 05.
SC Paderborn 3 - 0 Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten was used as a second-half substitute for Sandhausen, who fell to Paderborn 3-0 in 2.Bundesliga action.
Wooten, who was picked up by Sandhausen on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern, made his debut for the Hessians coming on in the 55th minute.
The match's first goal fell in the 49th minute as Tobias Kempe whipped a shot off the post and into the back of the net.
With Wooten on and Sandhausen pushing for an equalizer, the home team put the match away in the 74th minute catching the guests on the counter with Phillip Hofmann heading home.
Kempe then added a second of the day with a classy chip over keeper Daniel Ischdonat in the 82nd minute.
Wooten will hope to crack the starting lineup on Tuesday as Sandhausen entertain Jahn Regensburg.
Preußen Münster 4 - 0 Arminia Bielefeld
Matt Taylor and Preußen Münster picked up all three points as they thrashed Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
Taylor put in a fullshift and found the back of the net to boot as Munster blew out second place Bielefeld.
Munster opened the scoring in the 15th minute as Benjamin Siegert cut inside and hammered a shot in from 27 yards out.
Munster came out of the locker room for the second half with a bang.
First Dima Nazarov hit pay dirt in the 46th minute, before Taylor tallied his fifth goal a minute later to make it 3-0.
In the 57th minute, Thomas Hübener was forced to bring down the lively Taylor in the box and Stefan Kühne converted the ensuing spot kick to end the day's scoring.
Taylor and Münster travel to Aachen to take on Alemania on Tuesday.
Stuttgart Kickers 1 - 2 FC Saarbrücken
Royal Dominque Fennell got the start in defense for the Stuttgart Kickers on Saturday, as the Swabians fell to Saarbrücken by the slimmest of margins.
Fennell put in another 90 minutes of work for the Kickers on Saturday, as two early goals ultimately did them in.
Marcel Ziemer put the ball past keeper Daniel Wagner after just two minutes had past, and in the 10th minute Sandrino Braun lost possession in a dangerous spot to allow Lukas Kohler to double Saarbrücken's lead.
Braun, however, made amends a minute later by pouncing on a mistake by Michael Müller and fired home.
Stuttgart was unable to find an equalizer over the course of the final 70 plus minutes and fell to defeat in front of the home faithful.
Fennell and the Kickers take on Offenbach in a Wednesday evening road match.
Joesph Gyau did not get off the bench for Sankt Pauli on Saturday as Hamburg fell to FSV Frankfurt 2-1.
Preston Zimmerman failed to make the bench in Darmstadt's 3-1 victory over Stuttgart II.