RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
DAVID SMITH - Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jermaine Jones notched his first goal of the season in a losing Schalke effort while Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their wild victory over Leverkusen.

FC Schalke 04 1 - 2 Hannover 96

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones opened his season scoring account for Schalke, however his goal proved be a mere consolation against Steve Cherundolo and Hannover as the Königsblauen dropped their second straight to continue their slow start.

Hannover captain Cherundolo went the distance for the triumphant visitors as the defense held strong in open play, conceding only a set-piece goal despite Schalke holding 63% of possession.

Hannover opened the scoring just as the half-hour mark taking advantage of a clumsy Schalke defense when Emanuel Pogatetz fooled his marking defender with a nifty pull back before hitting a short pass to the onrushing Konstantin Rausch.

The 20 year-old defender controlled the ball into the area thanks in part to a lucky bounce, and beat Manuel Neuer with his shot just inside the left post to silence the shocked home crowd.

Matters got worse for the home team four minutes past the break when the Schalke defense was unable to clear the ball away from the top of the box despite three players having ample chances, leaving Mohammed Abdellaoue free to rush into the area and connect on his outstretched shot out of Neuer's reach for the two-goal lead.

Even though Felix Magath's squad never looked as though they had the ability or drive to turn the game back towards their favor, they were given a lifeline with seven minutes left after Jermaine Jones got his head on a free kick from Ivan Rakitic, giving some hope that the Königsblauen might be able to salvage a point.

Hannover held strong for the final minutes, however, ultimately coming away from the Veltins Arena with all three points.

Jones also received a yellow card in the 88th minute for a hard foul on Didier Ya Konan, and was substituted out of the game in added time for defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The second straight loss leaves Schalke just above the bottom three in 15th place. They will have two weeks to regroup during the international break before their next game, a Friday evening trip to Hoffenheim.

Cherundolo and Hannover are flying high with a perfect record after two games, and find themselves in a five-way tie for top spot in the league. They will next host Bayer Leverkusen in two weeks.

Bayer Leverkusen 3 - 6 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Michael Bradly went the distance in central midfield for the Foals as they came out on top of a nine-goal thriller with local rivals Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday afternoon.

19 year-old midfielder Patrick Herrmann opened the scoring for the Foals in the 20th minute, blasting in a cross from Mohamadou Idrissou from close range, however the home team equalized four minutes later as Eren Derdiyok headed in a pass into the box from Gonzalo Castro.

The Foals were however unfazed, and grabbed another pair of goals just before the break. The first came in the 40th minute when Roel Brouwers poked in the rebound off of a long blast from Thorben Marx that keeper Rene Adler should have hung onto, and the followup four minutes later as Herrmann sent a shot flying from just outside the 18-yard box and into the far corner.

Juan Arango made it four for the visitors in the 56th minute when he was perfect with a 22-yard free kick following a foul on Bradley, firing just inside the right post.

Leverkusen were lucky to stay within reach, benefiting from a clumsy challenge from Marx on Arturo Vidal inside the penalty box two minutes afterwards, with Vidal converting from the spot.

Gladbach quickly removed any doubt that they would take all the points for the first time in 14 years against Leverkusen, with Idrissou flying in to make it 5-2 with a midair shot from dead center at the hour mark, and Marco Reus adding a sixth in the 69th minute with a shot across the area that Adler couldn't reach.

While Stefan Kießling added a third for the home team moments later when he was first to pounce on a ball that was allowed to drop in the danger area, the damage was already done, leaving a demoralized Leverkusen with the two-week break to figure out what all went wrong.

The win gives Gladbach four points from their first two games, good enough for sixth place. They will be hopeful of further adding to their early-season points total when they host winless Frankfurt on the Saturday following international play.

MSV Duisburg 4 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04

David Yelldell played the full 90 minutes in Duisburg's goal, making four saves in the process, as the Zebras put on a second straight inspired performance, this time whizzing by Ingolstadt with a three-goal margin to take their share of first place in the 2. Bundesliga.

Duisburg wasted no time to jump ahead with Ivica Grlic blasting a beauty of a free kick from the right side just inside the near post in the fourth minute.

Stefan Maierhofer put the game effectively out of reach before 20 minutes were off the clock with a pair of rapid-fire goals; the first as the 6'7" Austrian headed in a long cross from Srdjan Baljak in the 17th minute, and his followup coming two minutes later with another header off of a Grlic corner that grazed just inside the near post in the 19th minute.

Ingolstadt forward Sebastian Hofmann brought one back for the visitors moments later, with Moise Bambara making a difficult run into the right side of the area and sending a cross to the left which Hoffman jabbed low and out of the reach of Yelldell.

Duisburg sealed the game just before the hour mark as Grlic first stormed down the left and sent a high pass towards the area, which Maierhofer headed down in front of goal and into the path of Olcay Sahan for his easy shot.

Clearly in control of the game, the Zebras could have netted a fifth just before the end of regulation when Srdjan Baljak missed wide with a penalty despite sending Ingolstadt keeper Sascha Kirschstein the wrong way.

The miss was however inconsequential, as the three points and league lead were assured for Yelldell and his teammates.

Ingolstadt defender Amaechi Igwe is recovering from an injury, and did not suit up for the visitors.

Duisburg hold top spot in the league with the win, tied with four other teams on points but leading by way of goal differential. They will hope to keep their momentum through the international break and continue their march towards promotion when they host 1860 Munich in two weeks.

Ingolstadt are looking to have a tough season ahead should they not want to drop straight back down into the 3. Liga, as they are currently in last place with no points and a minus-six goal differential. They next host Rot-Weiß Oberhausen in two weeks.

Notes

Ricardo Clark is nursing a slight injury and did not suit up for Frankfurt, as they remained without any points on the season thanks to their 3-1 home loss to Hamburger SV on Saturday.

Freiburg defender Daniel Williams took the field as a substitute in second-half injury time in their important 2-1 road win over likely bottom-half rivals Nürnberg on Saturday.

Luis Robles was an unused substitute for Karlsruhe on Sunday afternoon, and watched from the bench as they cruised past Aachen at home by a 3-0 margin for their first points of the season.

Kenny Cooper is still recovering from a broken ankle and did not participate in 1860 Munich's home 3-1 win over VfL Osnabrück on Sunday.