RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC fell short against Bayern Munich, while Tim Chandler and Frankfurt scored their first win over Dortmund since 2010.
Hertha BSC 0 - 1 Bayern München
Despite a spirited second-half effort, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC couldn't a first-half deficit against Bundesliga-leading Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Brooks started and went the distance at center back for the Old Lady.
As expected, it was a lot of one-way traffic in favor of the league leaders from the start, and while Hertha held strong for 25 minutes, Bayern finally broke through in the 27th minute. Mario Götze played the ball to Thomas Müller at the edge of the 18-yard box, and Müller laid the ball off for Arjen Robben, who curled a shot to the right of Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
While Bayern dominated the first half, it only managed to score one goal, and that made for an interesting second half in which the home team didn't back down and Bayern couldn't best Kraft, who made a couple of big saves against Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.
Hertha had two great chances - one a counter 61st minute that failed at the last moment and the other off a free kick in the 86th minute that Brooks controlled in the box but fired over the crossbar.
In the end, Bayern did just enough to get out of the German capital with three points. Berlin, meanwhile, stayed in 13th place, and the team returns to action next Saturday at Mönchengladbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - 0 Borussia Dortmund
Tim Chandler and Frankfurt took advantage of some defensive errors from a struggling Dortmund team to record their first win over the Schwarzgelben since 2010.
Chandler started and went the distance at right back for the Adler.
While Dortmund tried to get a hold of the match going forward, it was Frankfurt that scored first, seemingly finding the Schwarzgelben defense asleep.
Marco Russ launched a pass from deep in the Adler's own half to Alexander Meier on the other end of the field somehow behind the defense, and Meier slid his 11-yard shot underneath Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller for a goal.
The Schwarzgelben needed almost 20 minutes before they responded, but a good save by Frankfurt goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald on a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot and having a Kevin Großkreutz rebound hit the left post kept them off the board. That proved to be Dortmund's best chance in the half, and Frankfurt took the one-goal lead into the break.
Dortmund came out the second half looking the team more likely to score as shown in 52nd minute.
Aubameyang and substitute Adrian Ramos combined on a classic counter, only for Wiedwald to come up with another big save - this time at point-blank range as the Frankfurt goalkeeper came charging off his line.
It was a comedy of errors on the other end that doomed Dortmund to the bottom of the Bundesliga standings in the 78th minute.
Frankfurt's Meier sent in a long pass deep into Dortmund's half, and defender Matthias Ginter outran Frankfurt's Haris Seferovic to the ball and headed toward Weidenfeller. The problem was Weidenfeller came off his line and Ginter headed the ball well over him, leaving Seferovic a wide-open goal into which to score.
With the win, Frankfurt moved into ninth place, and the Adler return to action next Sunday against Werder Bremen.
SV Sandhausen 0 - 0 RasenBallsport Leipzig
Andrew Wooten and Terrence Boyd couldn't keep a scoreless draw from occurring when Sandhausen hosted Leipzig on Sunday in 2.Bundesliga action.
Wooten started and went 88 minutes at striker for Sandhausen, while Boyd went the distance at forward for the Roten Bullen.
Sandhausen focused on its defensive shape to try to stifle Leipzig's offensive firepower up top, and during the first half, it worked to perfection, as the Roten Bullen had very few goal-scoring opportunities. They rarely got the ball inside the 18-yard box despite enjoying a big advantage in possession.
Sandhausen, meanwhile, searched for most of the match for the perfect counterattack, but the Hardtwälder failed to find it. Thus, the match ended in a draw.
Sandhausen stayed in 14th place with 16 points, and next Friday, SVS travels to Düsseldorf. Leipzig dropped into sixth place because of the tie, and the Roten Bullen will play Ingolstadt next Sunday in a big promotion matchup.
VfB Stuttgart II 0 - 1 Energie Cottbus
Jerome Kiesewetter and Stuttgart II couldn't recover from an early deficit in a loss to Cottbus on Friday in 3.Liga action.
Kiesewetter played 85 minutes on the right midfield for the Schwaben.
Coming into the match, Cottbus was the second-best away team in the German third division, and it showed why in the early going.
In the 15th minute, Cottbus turned its dominance in the opening 15 minutes when defender Cedric Mimbala headed home his first goal of the season off a standard situation.
Stuttgart II's attack seemed without ideas as to how to break down the Energie defense, and the away team looked more likely to score the next goal for much of the match. That changed in the 65th minute when Cottbus' Fanol Peredadaj picked up his second yellow card of the match.
At that point, the Schwaben pressed forward for an equalizer, but Energie goalkeeper Kevin Müller came up with a couple of good saves in the closing minutes to seal the three points for Cottbus.
With the loss, Stuttgart II dropped to 14th place in the 3.Liga, and the Schwaben return to action next Sunday against Dresden.
Julian Green played the final 15 minutes of Hamburg's 3-1 loss in Augsburg on Saturday. The American winger also recorded his first yellow card of the season.
Still dealing with muscular issues, Fabian Johnson didn't dress for Mönchengladbach's 1-0 loss in Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Alfredo Morales missed Ingolstadt's 3-0 win over Bochum on Saturday because of yellow-card accumulation.
Bobby Wood didn't dress on 1860 Munich's 2-0 home loss to FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
Royal-Dominique Fennell was a second-half stoppage-time substitute in the Stuttgarter Kickers' goalless draw with Kiel on Saturday.
Joe Gyau played the final 20 minutes in Dortmund II's 1-1 draw with Münster on Sunday. Fellow American Junior Flores was an used substitute for Dortmund II as well.