RECAP: MIDWEEK GERMAN ACTION
Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to an explosive win over Werder Bremen while Jermaine Jones and Schalke finally notched up their first win of the season in Freiburg.
Hannover 96 4 - 1 Werder Bremen
Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 minutes in Hannover's defense as the Reds shocked Werder Bremen with a four-goal explosion to come out victorious on Tuesday night.
New Hannover signee DaMarcus Beasley was an unused substitute for his team in the blowout win.
Bremen have had a tough go of things lately culminated with the weekend's dismal 2-0 loss in Mainz, and continued their awful play when defender Clemens Fritz carelessly turned the ball into his own net, gifting Hannover the lead after just 11 minutes.
Bremen pulled even in the 36th minute when Torsten Frings slotted home from the spot after Emanuel Pogatetz brought Sebastian Prödl down in the area, however Hannover took the lead for good eight minutes after the break as Didier Ya Konan was picked out by Manuel Schmiedebach on a breakway, with the Ivoran beating Tim Wiese to the lower right corner.
Hannover made it a trio of goals with 11 minutes left in the game as Christian Schulz fired from distance, then completed the rout in injury time when Mohammed Abdellaoue was on-target with his shot from the left.
The win thrusts Hannover back up into fourth place on ten points. They will hit the road on Sunday evening to take on tenth-place Kaiserslautern.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Ricardo Clark saw action as a late substitute for Eintracht Frankfurt, however could not help to prevent the team losing to Leverkusen in the dying moments thanks to an untimely penalty call.
Leverkusen took an early as Lars Bender was on the receiving end of a cross by Nicolai Jorgensen from the left side, smashing in from short range to give his team the ninth-minute lead.
Theofanis Gekas gave the Frankfurters hope of avoiding their fourth loss in five games as he leaped above the defense to head in a cross from Patrick Ochs three minutes before the half-hour mark.
While Frankfurt challenged for the remainder of the opening half, they couldn't manage to take the lead over their visitors, something they were made to regret as the final ticks of the clock sounded.
A reckless challenge by Ochs on Arturo Vidal in the area with just seconds left saw the Frankfurt player dismissed for his second yellow card and a penalty awarded to the hosts. The Chilean international stepped up to the spot to take the kick, burying it past keeper Oka Nikolov, giving all three points to Leverkusen.
Frankfurt are now in a three-way tie at the bottom of the standings with Schalke and Stuttgart. They will next host Nürnberg on Saturday.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 FC St. Pauli
Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach as they fell to St. Pauli thanks to a pair of second-half goals.
After a pair of embarrassing losses that saw them give up a total of 11 goals, the Foals looked to have gotten past the hump when they took the lead in the 25th minute, as Juan Arango brought down a headed pass from Mohammadou Idrissou in the area and blasted it to the lower left corner.
St. Pauli equalized midway through the second half, as a corner from Charles Takyi was flicked on by Peruvian Carlos Zambrano into the danger area, where Gerald Asamoah smashed it into the net.
Gladbach continued their implosion shortly thereafter, when Roel Brouwers carelessly fouled Fin Bartels in the area, with Florian Bruns stepping up to bury the winning spot kick.
The Foals drop to 15th place after the loss just one point above the relegation zone. They face a potentially tough visit to resurgent Schalke on Saturday to face Jermaine Jones and the rest of the Königsblauen.
SC Freiburg 1 - 2 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones returned to Schalke's starting lineup, playing the full 90 minutes as they went on the road to beat Freiburg for their first win of the season on Wednesday.
Freiburg defender Daniel Williams did not take part in the festivities and watched the game as an unused substitute.
Despite looking shaky in the early seconds, Schalke took the lead after just nine minutes when Ivan Rakitic swooped in to put away a deflection off of a shot from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar that Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann just couldn't hang onto.
Freiburg kept the game in check for the next hour and pulled even in the 69th minute as Papiss Demba Cisse was the recipient of a ball from Cedric Makiadi just inside the top of the area, which he quickly struck out of Manuel Neuer's reach to the lower left corner.
The night would belong to the visitors, however, as Joel Matip combined with Huntelaar on a quick counter attack three minutes from time, feeding the Dutchman a pass across the area which he put away past Baumann for the winner.
Schalke are still last place in the standings with just three points, however can potentially move out of the relegation zone over the weekend when they face Michael Bradley and Gladbach on Saturday.
Freiburg fall to fifth place, and will hit the road to face Wolfsburg in Sunday action.
MSV Duisburg 1 - 0 FC Augsburg
David Yelldell went the distance in Duisburg's goal as the Zebras climbed back into the top three with a tight victory over Augsburg on Wednesday.
Duisburg had failed out of the league lead over the weekend with Wednesday opponents Augsburg supplanting them at the top of the standings, and they showed a fierce determination against the new league leaders to give signs they can be considered favorites for promotion to the 1. Bundesliga at season's end.
Duisburg's defense kept Augsburg at bay, with Yelldell having a relatively easy night having only to face a single shot on goal.
They got the winning goal - and the only of the game - in the 56th minute as Filip Trojan was set up by Srdjan Baljak for his high, eight-yard shot to the center of goal.
The win sees Duisburg rise to third place, one point behind co-leaders Hertha and Cottbus. They next head to the German capital to take on Union Berlin on Sunday.
FC Heidenheim 3 - 0 Rot Weiss Ahlen
Matt Taylor made his second straight start for Ahlen, playing the full 90 minutes at forward in their 3-0 loss on the road to Heidenheim.
Heidenheim forward Andreas Spann was deadly in front of goal, first giving his team the lead after 21 minutes with a fine solo effort to the corner of goal, then doubling it six minutes later with another fine effort that left the Ahlen defense dumbfounded.
Even though the final result was already in little doubt at the break, Patrick Mayer added the insurance goal in the 48th minute, his eighth of the season, sending Ahlen back into the loss column after the weekend's brief moment of hope.
Ahlen still remain out of the relegation zone with the loss, holding a one point cushion above the surface in 16th place. They will next host Dynamo Dresden on Friday evening.
Luis Robles watched from the bench as backup keeper for Karlsruhe for their 4-0 blowout loss at Hertha on Tuesday.
Kenny Cooper is still recovering from a broken ankle and did not suit up for 1860 Munich's scoreless draw with visiting Erzgebirge Aue on Wednesday.
Amaechi Igwe is out with a meniscus injury and did not take part on Wednesday in Ingolstadt's 3-0 home win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.