RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg earned a point in their derby against regional rivals Bayern while Steve Cherundolo and Hannover jumped back into Champions League contention with a win over Mainz.
FC Nürnberg 1 - 1 FC Bayern
Timothy Chandler played the full 90 minutes for FC Nürnberg in a rough and tumble contest against area rivals FC Bayern, doing fine work to neutralize French superstar Franck Ribery on the right side of defense as the team battled back to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.
The Bavarians opened the scoring just five minutes into the game when flying Dutchman Arjen Robben set up Thomas Müller for a quick shot to the heart of the home crowd.
"Der Club" pulled even at the hour mark when Christian Eigler saw Bayern keeper Thomas Kraft off his line and took advantage to nail a wonder goal from the left edge of the field.
Details of the game are given in a Yanks Abroad press box report.
Hannover 96 2 - 0 FSV Mainz 05
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover jumped back into third place on Saturday afternoon as they beat ten-man Mainz.
DaMarcus Beasley did not suit up for the game, which also saw Cherundolo pick up his fourth yellow card late in the first half.
The American made a quick mark in the game when he made a goal-line clearance near the half-hour mark, heading the ball to safety before it crossed the line following a corner.
The game turned on its head in first-half injury time after Mainz captain Nikolce was shown a red card for bowling Lars Stindl in the penalty area as the Hannover attacker ran onto a cross, setting up Didier Ya Konan to put Hannover into the lead from the spot.
Sergio Pinto then gave them their second and final goal just before the hour mark, hitting a low shot from the left corner of the 18-yard box to secure the victory.
The win in combination with Bayern's draw with Nürnberg pushes the Reds back into third place ahead of their visit to Hamburg on Saturday.
MSV Duisburg 3 - 2 Alemannia Aachen
David Yelldell and Duisburg bounced back from last weekend's disappointment at Fürth, fighting back from a second-half deficit at home to beat Aachen on a late goal by Goran Sukalo.
Yelldell picked up his second yellow card of the campaign in the final moments of the game.
Duisburg missed a golden opportunity for an eighth-minute lead when Sukalo's attempt from the spot was saved by Aachen keeper David Hohs after Timo Achenbach upended Zebras' attacker Sefa Yilmaz.
Srdjan Baljak put the hosts ahead in the 40th minute with after he ran onto a long ball from Daniel Reiche and put his low shot past Hohs, however Aachen's Zoltan Stieber equalized in injury time after Benjamin Auer intercepted a poor pass from the defense and sprang the young Hungarian into the area where he had no problem to beat Yelldell with his shot.
Auer then gave Aachen the lead four minutes pat the break when he headed in a short cross from Shervin Radjabali-Fardi, but the Zebras pulled even just past the hour as Maurice Exslager cleaned up from short range after Hohs deflected a shot from Jürgen Säumel directly into his path.
Sukalo then atoned for his poor penalty attempt earlier in the game with five minutes remaining, with Olcay Sahan feeding him the ball just to the right of goal for a tight shot which sent the Zebras to victory.
Duisburg climb to sixth with the three points, and while mathematically still in contention for promotion a nine-point gap with only five games left puts it almost out of reach. They next visit seventh-place Cottbus on Saturday.
SC Paderborn 07 1 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Edson Buddle was a 74th minute substitute for Ingolstadt in their game at Paderborn, as the two teams traded goals early in the second half to earn a point apiece.
After a scoreless opening half, Ingolstadt talisman Stefan Leitl put his team ahead from the spot with a blast straight up the middle in the 53rd minute following a clumsy foul by Paderborn defender Markus Palionis on Moritz Hartmann in the area.
Their lead was short-lived, as Toni Wachsmuth rose above the defense on a long free kick by Enis Alushi to head the ball just inside the near post to equalize.
Buddle entered the game with just over a quarter-hour left on the clock, but was unable to provide the spark which Ingolstadt needed to jump ahead to a late win, with the teams settling for one point apiece.
Ingolstadt must still be careful as they have just a four-point cushion above the relegation zone and a tough visit from Bochum awaiting on Friday afternoon.
Erzgebirge Aue 1 - 1 Karlsruher SC
Luis Robles deputized in goal for the injured Kristian Nicht on Sunday afternoon, helping to limit Aue to a single goal as they earned an important point on the road.
Karlsruhe put themselves in the position for a surprise road victory when they took the lead after 37 minutes, with Marco Terrazzino volleying spectacularly from the upper right corner of the area after being left far too much space by the defense.
They carried the lead through most of the second half while creating most of the scoring opportunities on the field including a 47th minute shot by Macauley Chrisantus which the referee judged incorrectly to have not crossed the line.
They were, however forced to settle for a disappointing draw as Robles was unable to punch the ball clear to safety in the 76th minute, with it eventually landing at the right foot of Rene Klingbeil for a blast to the upper right corner.
Karlsruhe remain a tenuous two points ahead of the drop zone with the point, and will need to be on best behaviour on Monday evening when second-place Augsburg pay them a visit.
Rot Weiss Ahlen 2 - 0 FC Bayern II
Matt Taylor played the first 77 minutes for Ahlen on Saturday as they bounced back from the late-week news of points penalty to beat easily Bayern II.
After beating the Bavarians on their own home turf in late-October, Ahlen was well on their way once again when Sebastian Hille ran onto a through ball from Nils Ole Book in the 15th minute and had no problems to beat keeper Rouven Sattelmaier.
Hille then netted his second of the game six minutes after the halftime break, this time with Kevin Wölk setting him up for his fifth goal of the season.
The three points from the win is negated by an equal penalty issued by the league for financial issues and leaves them on 33 points. This puts them barely inside the relegation zone, behind Aalen on goal differential. They will try to escape the bottom three when they visit SV Wehen Wiesbaden on Saturday.
Ricardo Clark was an unused substitute for Frankfurt on Friday evening as they drew even at one goal apiece with visiting Werder Bremen.
Daniel Williams has recovered from a knee problem, but is still looking to return to action for Freiburg, who beat Hoffenheim 3-2 at home on Saturday.
1860 Munich put up an inspired performance on Saturday to blow past Cottbus by a 4-0 margin, however Bobby Wood was not a part of the proceedings as he is still slightly hobbled from an injury picked up while on U-20 duty in Guatemala.
Alfredo Morales did not suit up for Hertha Berlin's first team on Monday evening for their 2-0 win at home over Bochum.