RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Matt Taylor and Alfredo Morales were both in action as the 2013-2014 campaign kicked off in Germany's 2.Liga and 3.Liga this past weekend.
FC Ingolstadt 1 - 2 Erzgebirge Aue
Alfredo Morales made his debut in an Ingolstadt jersey on Friday in Ingolstadt's loss to Ergebirge Aue.
Morales came to Ingolstadt in the off-season after sealing his switch from Hertha Berlin to Ingolstadt to get regular first-team soccer and to make his case for the senior Men's National Team ahead of next summer's World Cup.
Both of those goals will seem far off in the distance as the German-born midfielder gifted the guests the opener in the first half, committed a foul in the box for a penalty in the second and was sent off with a straight red to cap a dreadful day at the office.
After a lackadaisical performance from both outfits in the opening 20 plus minutes that saw neither side produce any meaningful or threatening offensive action, Morales unwittingly aided the opposition in the 25th minute.
Morales struck a lazy back pass from the middle of the field, apparently intended for keeper Ramazan Özcan. The pass, however, was intercepted by Jakub Sylvestr, who had no trouble beating the keeper on the break away to put Aue up.
In the 82nd minute Morales' day was cut short as he felled Sylvestr in the box from behind to earn a straight red and hand Aue a spot kick, which was converted by the aforementioned Sylvestr.
Karl Heinz Lappe pulled one back for the home team in the 86th minute, as he profited from Thomas Paulus' blackout corralling the ball in the box and subsequently beating keeper Martin Männel.
While Morales will sit out next week's contest, his teammates will travel to the Palatinate to take on promotion candidates Kaiserslautern on Friday.
Preußen Münster 3 - 0 Wacker Burghausen
Matt Taylor put in 77 minutes of work in Preußen Munster's opener on Saturday as the Eagles started the new season in victorious fashion versus Wacker Burghausen.
After netting 16 times in 3.Liga play last campaign, Taylor picked up where he left off finding the back of the net in the 30th minute and putting his club in front.
On the half-hour mark, the 31 year old took a feed from Amaury Bischoff, which set him up with a free crack at goal, and Taylor made now mistake as he muscled the ball into the back of the net.
Münster's second goal came on a fortuitous turn of events in the box as Burghausen's central defense pair both hesitated to clear a loose ball. There balk gave Fabian Hergesell the pounce, and the German defender converted for his first goal in Munster dress in the 54th minute.
In the 61st minute, Denis Grote was fouled in the box by Burghausen's Stephan Thee. Bischoff snatched the ball and converted from the spot to seal the victory.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is a trip to league debutants Redbull Leipzig on Saturday. As the name would suggest, Leipzig is not your average third flight cannon fodder with strong financial backing and designs on making a push to the German topflight.
Andrew Wooten came on late for Kaiserslautern, who knocked off Paderborn on Saturday.
Bobby Wood was a late substitution for 1860 Munich, who dropped their opener to fellow promotion candidates Sankt Pauli.