SCOTT PETERSON - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Fabian Johnson scored again for as all three Americans were victorious in Germany's top-flight, while Matt Taylor scored twice to help Munster stay on course for promotion in the 3. Bundesliga.
Hannover 96 4 - 1 FC Nürnberg
Steven Cherundolo started and captained Hannover as the Lower Saxons crushed Nuremberg in mid-week Bundesliga action.
Cherundolo manned his usual right back spot and played the full ninety for head coach Mirko Slomka.
Hannover opened the scoring in the 21st minute, when Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti picked out Lars Stindl, who whipped in a shot past Rafael Schaeffer from just inside the area.
Huszti then tallied himself eight minutes later as the Hungarian plucked the ball from the feet of Nuremberg defender Per Nilsson firing past Schaeffer with the outside of his right boot.
Didier Ya Konan put the home team up by three, after Nilsson again was at fault with a grievous error, losing the ball to the Ivorian striker in front of his own goal.
Hannover again profited from a Nuremberg miscue in the 64th minute, as Hustzi picked off an errant pass and found Ya Konan on the edge of the area and the Ivorian finished nicely with his right.
Nuremberg pulled one back in the 73rd minute as Ron Robert Zieler let Timothy Chandler's shot from distance slip between his arms and into goal.
Hannover and Cherundolo are back in action on Saturday as the Lower Saxons travel to Hamburg to take on the HSV.
VfB Stuttgart 0 - 3 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both got the start, with the former scoring for the second time in as many games, as Hoffenheim dominated Stuttgart on the road.
Williams and Johnson both put in a full shift of work Wednesday evening for head coach Markus Babbel, with Williams manning the defensive midfield and Johnson working the left flank.
Hoffenheim got on the board after just five minutes as Takashi Usami danced past five Swabians on his way to expertly firing past Sven Ulreich for the opener.
Williams, who picked up a yellow card in the 42nd minute, nearly doubled Hoffenheim's advantage in the 38th minute as his long-distance effort was kept out by Ulreich's fingertips.
Hoffenheim did, however, double their advantage in the 47th minute as Jose Joselu took a feed from Roberto Firmino and found the back of the net from 18 yards out.
Up two goals early in the second half, Hoffenheim put Stuttgart away early as Johnson scored his second goal of the season in the 58th minute cleaning up after Joselu and Usami were both foiled by the Stuttgart keeper from close range.
Hoffenheim is back in action on Saturday as they host Augsburg.
FC St Pauli 0 - 1 VfR Aalen
Joseph Gyau made his debut for Sankt Pauli on Tuesday night as a second-half substitute, but could not help struggling St. Pauli overcome a first-half goal by VfR Aalen.
Gyau, who joined St. Pauli on the last day of the summer transfer period, saw his first action as head coach brought on the 20 year old in the 46th minute.
Pauli came close to opening the scoring in the 7th minute when Marius Ebbers just pushed his shot wide of the target from 23 yards out.
But it was the visitors who struck right before the break.
Benjamin Hübner managed to redirect a corner with his shoulder past keeper Phillip Tschauner in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
With time running out, Pauli failed to mount a real threat until late on, but both Mahir Saglik and Christopher Avevor wasted excellent opportunities in the 84th and 96th minutes respectively.
Gyau will look to crack the starting lineup on Friday for Sankt Pauli as they travel to Bavaria looking to get back on track against Jahn Regensburg.
Alemannia Aachen 1 - 2 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor found the back of the net twice as Preußen Munster came back from a goal down to defeat Alemannia Aachen.
Taylor started up front with strike partner Dima Nazarov for head coach Pavel Dotchev.
The game's initial goal fell to the home side as central defender Kevin Schöneberg and keeper Daniel Mausch got in each other's way in the box to enable Aachen striker Denis Pozder to pounce and score in the 49th minute.
After conceding, Munster took the initiative and control of the match. Amaury Bischoff found Taylor in the box in the 65th minute with a free kick, which the Ohio native headed home expertly.
In the 84th minute, the comeback was completed as Taylor converted a counter, firing home past keeper Tim Krumpen for his 7th goal in the 3.Liga and 10th in all competitions.
Taylor and Munster host Borussia Dortmund II on Saturday in their next league match
Jermaine Jones missed Schalke's 3-0 thumping of Mainz 05 on Tuesday due to a nagging foot injury.
Andrew Wooten was an unused substitute in Sandhausen's 2-1 defeat to Regensburg in the 2.Bundesliga.
Preston Zimmerman failed to make the bench again for Darmstadt as they fell to Osnabruck by a goal.