RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
It was a good weekend for Americans in the Bundesliga, as both Timothy Chandler and Daniel Williams were victorious with their respective clubs.
FC Augsburg 1 - 2 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler returned to the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension as Nuremberg knocked off Augsburg in Friday night Bundesliga action.
After picking up his fifth yellow on matchday 23, Chandler was plugged right back into the starting 11 and went the distance.
Nuremberg signaled its intent early when Timmy Simons chipped the ball into the path of Markus Feulner, but Feulner dragged the ensuing shot just left of the post.
In the 21st minute, Hiroshi Kiyotake fired the guests in front. Alexander Esswein carried the ball to the touchline before cutting back for the Japanese playmaker, who one-timed a left-footed shot inside the far post.
The hosts equalized in the 36th minute thanks to Rafael Schäfer. Augsburg's Tobias Werner connected with a hard, but seemingly harmless, header directed right at keeper Schäfer, who, while knocking it down, knocked it through his legs and into his own net.
Nuremberg regained the lead in the 54th minute, as Esswein hit a free kick from 18 yards out under the wall and past keeper Mohammed Amsif.
Up next for Nuremberg is a Saturday home date versus Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0 - 3 Hoffenheim
Daniel Williams and Hoffenheim broke a four-game losing streak and pulled within two points of safety by destroying Fürth on Saturday.
Williams got the start and went the distance for the second week in a row for head coach Marko Kurz.
Hoffenheim were off and flying, and in the lead after ten minutes. Tobias Weis threaded a pass into Roberto Firmino on the edge of the box and the Brazilian took a touch, before tucking a right-footed shot inside the right post.
Weis set up the second six minutes later, again splitting the Fürth ranks with a through ball, this time picking out Kevin Volland. After collecting, Volland then squared to Spanish striker Joselu, who buried it past keeper Max Grün.
After setting up two, Weis notched the fourth himself in the 50th minute as he stole the ball from Milorad Pekovic in midfield, sent it out wide to Joselu and then thumped home into an empty net after getting it back from the Spaniard.
With the much-needed victory, Hoffenheim now have 19 points - just two back of Augsburg and the relative safety of a relegation spot. Hoffenheim will look to continue their survival efforts on Saturday as they host Mainz.
FC Sankt Pauli 3 - 2 Jahn Regensburg
Joseph Gyau started for Sankt Pauli on Friday night versus Regensburg, as Pauli picked up all three points in a wild affair.
Gyau made his second start in a row for the Hamburg outfit, this time putting in 85 minutes of work before being subbed off for eventual match winner Florian Bruns.
Sankt Pauli opened the scoring in the 18th minute as Akaki Gogia collected a ball in the left side of the box, before curling an effort around his marker for the far post. The effort took a wicked deflection and keeper Timo Ochs could only get a finger on the shot as it rolled over the line.
Regenburg's Koke grabbed an equalizer five minutes later as the Spaniard posted up Markus Thorandt and then spun and fired past Philip Tschauner.
Pauli went back in front in the 66th minute as Daniel Ginczek volleyed home a rebound from 11 yards out with his right foot.
Ginczek was then shown a straight red for a nasty challenge on Christian Rahn in the 87th minute.
Regensburg didn't have much time to take advantage of being a man up, and they didn't need much either.
Just two minutes later, Regensburg was back on level terms as Oliver Hein picked out central defender Wilson Kamavuaka, who headed past Tschauner from eight yards out.
But Pauli was not done, either.
Gogia fired in a cross from the touchline into the keeper's box, where Florian Bruns was standing wide open. The midfielder got onto it and nudged the ball over the line with his right foot for the last second winner.
Up next for Pauli and Gyau is a Friday date in Germany's capital versus Union Berlin.
Sandhausen 0 - 1 1860 Munich
Andrew Wooten started for Sandhausen and put in over an hour of work in a loss to Munich in the German second flight.
Wooten, who made his seventh start in a row, gave way for Jutae Yun in the 73rd minute. Bobby Wood was named to Munich's bench, but did not make an appearance.
The guests should have taken the lead after just ten minutes had elapsed as Rob Friend got a free header from four yards out, which the Canadian hit right into the arms of keeper Daniel Ischdonat.
The Canadian, however, was instrumental in setting up the game's only goal, as Friend flicked on a throw in to Croatian striker Marin Tomasov, who ran onto the ball and volleyed home from six yards out in the 54th minute.
Up next for Wooten and Sandhausen is a Sunday away match versus Aalen, while Wood and Munich host Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Arminia Bielefeld 1 - 1 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor put in an hour of work for Munster on Saturday in the Westphalian Derby versus Bielefeld.
Taylor made his second start in a row for head man Pavel Dotchev as Munster held on for a point.
Bielefeld jumped out to an early advantage in the 20th minute. After winger Tim Jerat picked out Sebastian Hille in the box, the latter controlled and fired. Keeper Daniel Masuch denied Hille once, but not a second time as the striker buried the rebound.
The 73rd minute proved to be a game changer. First, Bielefeld was reduced to ten as Johannes Rahn picked up his second caution of the match for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick, which Amaury Bischoff stepped up and converted to equalize.
With the game's last kick, Bielefeld was awarded a penalty. As the ball crashed into the wall, referee Michael Wiener adjudged it to have been blocked with a hand. Masuch, however, came up big to preserve the point by stopping Christian Müller's ensuing effort.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is a home match versus Alemannia Aachen on Saturday.
VfB Stuttgart II 0 - 2 SV Darmstadt
Jerome Kiesewetter and Preston Zimmerman suited up for Stuttgart and Darmstadt respectively with latter finally finding the back of the net after eight games to help Darmstadt get back in the win column.
Kiesewetter came on in the 63rd minute for Stuttgart, while Zimmerman started and went the distance for the guests.
Zimmerman, who had gone nearly 600 minutes without scoring, opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. He quickly pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire the visitors in front from close range.
Darmstadt put the game away midway through the second half as Freddy Borg made a determined run down the left flank before crossing low and hard for Danny Latzka, who had no problem pushing the ball over the line from five yards out.
With the win, Darmstadt is in a tie for last place, three points back of safety. Zimmerman and the Lilies are back in action Tuesday versus Chemnitz at home. Stuttgart is in 12th place and takes on Unterhaching at home on Tuesday.
Jermaine Jones missed out on Schalke's 2-1 derby triumph over Borussia Dortmund due to yellow card accumulation.