RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN CUP ACTION
A wild weekend of German Cup action saw David Yelldell give up a three-goal lead in his Leverkusen debut and Matt Taylor net a trio of goals and assists for Paderborn.
Dynamo Dresden 4 - 3 Bayer Leverkusen
David Yelldell made his debut between the sticks for Leverkusen, but could not prevent his team's shock exit as 2. Bundesliga newcomers Dynamo Dresden came back from three goals down to knock out the German giants.
Robin Dutt and his boys wanted to get off to flying start from the opening whistle and Leverkusen did just that by creating a flurry of chances in the opening 15 minutes of play. Dresden had to deal with immense pressure in front of their own goal, caving twice.
Erin Derdiyok got on to Lars Bender's cross six yards outside of goal and thundered his header past Keeper Dennis Eilhof in the sixth minute.
Leverkusen must have thought it was going to be an easy day at the office, when Sidney Sam took a sublime pass from captain Chris Rolfes and chipped an onrushing Eilhof in the 12th to make it 2-0 for the heavily favored guests.
Neither side made any changes at the break, and it did not appear that the run of play had either. Leverkusen had the majority of the ball and looked to have sealed the deal in the 49th minute as new Leverkusen signee André Schürrle danced past his defender on the left side of the box before tucking in to the right and firing home expertly from just outside the area for a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead.
Dresden then got the spark it sorely needed on a free kick in 68th minute, when defender Sebastian Schuppan directed his header past Yelldell in the lower left corner to close the gap to 3-1.
It was another headed cross that really gave the hosts belief just two minutes later. Filip Trojan sent in a cross to central striker Robert Koch, who wanted it more that Stefan Reinartz and sent in under the crossbar past a helpless Yelldell in the 70th minute.
Dresden and the more than 24,000 home fans were emboldened by the two quick strikes and kept up the pressure.
The comeback was complete in the 86th as the ball landed right at Koch's feet after Cristian Fiel could not get on to Schuppan's cross. Koch poked home from a yard and got his team into extra time.
Leverkusen came out with all cylinders firing and applied pressure all over the field in extra time. Dresden did not see much of the ball, playing with ten men behind it and hoping to either get it to penalties or to grab a winner on a counter attack.
In the 117th minute the home crowd was sent into a frenzy as substitutes Sascha Pfeffer and Alexander Schnetzler combined for the final score with the former sending the ball onto the latter, who sprinted past Leverkusen's defense and chipped Yelldell for the 4-3 final score.
Yelldell and Leverkusen will have to put this one behind them quickly as they have a very tricky opening match on Sunday away at FSV Mainz 05 in the 1. Bundesliga.
Arminia Bielefeld 1 - 5 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler started and went 90 minutes as Nürnberg took care of business in style as they easily dispatched of 3. Bundesliga opponents Arminia Bielefeld.
Nürnberg head coach Dieter Hecking had all his options at his disposal for his starting 11, with the exception of defensive stalwart Nilsson who had to pass due to injury. Hecking went with Nürnberg's familiar 4-1-4-1 scheme, but ran into early difficulties against the minnows from the third division.
The underdogs struck first in the 15th minute when Bielefeld captain Markus Schuler burned Chandler on the wing and crossed. The clearance was then botched by Javier Pinola and the ball landed to Tim Jerat who rifled the ball past keeper Rafael Schäfer, who had no chance after Timmy Simons slight deflection.
Nürnberg shook off the setback quickly and Chandler atoned for his earlier defensive miscue by advancing the ball up-field and finding debutant Markus Feulner just outside the box. Feulner then sent in a screamer from just outside the area with his right foot that was as accurate as it was powerful. Bielefeld keeper Platins could only watch as Feulner's equalizer flew past him in style.
Feulner then topped his own screamer with a second goal in the 35th minute. Pinola dribbled around three defenders before being brought down in a dangerous spot just outside the box. Feulner showed the hosts just how dangerous it really was by curling home a free-kick from 24 yards, which put the favored guests up 2-1.
Feulner must have had his Wheaties for breakfast, because he was unstoppable. He grabbed his third in succession in the 40th minute after Christian Eigler and Pinola played some give and go soccer in midfield to break down Bielefeld's porous defense. Eigler then saw Feulner and played him, who proceeded to nail in another one from distance for a hat-trick, this time beating keeper Patrick Platins near post.
Nürnberg widened their lead in the 64th minute as Robert Mak volleyed home from about two feet after Pinola's deflected cross landed at the young Czech's feet, who easily made in 4-1.
Chandler was involved in the game's final goal as he picked out Mak on the right flank, who crossed for Tomas Pekhart, another debutant for ‘der Club'. Pekhart and his 6'6" frame nodded passed Platins, who fluffed his attempt at punching the ball clear, in the 71st minute for the contest's final score.
Chandler and Nürnberg will be encouraged by their start and hope that their momentum carries over to Saturday's season opener against newly promoted Hertha BSC.
FC Teningen 1 - 11 Schalke 04
The ‘Königsblauen' of Schalke 04 dismantled their opponent in style, as Dutchman Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar netted four times and Jermaine Jones came on after the break to marshal the midfield on Sunday.
Ralf Rangick's boys wasted little time in showing the minnows from the seventh division how the game was going to go down. Huntelaar, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Raul each scored via close range headers in the third, seventh and 13th minutes respectively.
The boys from Teningen were not all just fodder though, and showed some spirit and ability as Florian Kirschstein rose higher than the Schalke defense in getting his team a consolation goal after 20 minutes.
Huntelaar then added another in the 22nd, before Raul got the best of the bunch for Schalke in the 32nd minute, as the Spaniard took Lewis Holtby's pass, quickly turned and chipped Teningen's keeper Ernst from outside the area, making it 5-1.
Huntelaar then grabbed his 3rd of the first half in the 39th minute by one-timing a Holtby pass into the back of the net.
Jermaine Jones came on at the break for Joel Matip, somewhat of a surprise move considering the amount of indifference shown by coach Ralf Rangick towards Jones' presence in Gelsenkirchen after the former returned from a loan spell with Blackburn.
All the same, Jones was on the field as Schalke piled on and scored an additional 5 goals in the second half with Holtby bagging one in the 57th and one in the 75th, and Huntelaar getting his fourth in the 64th.
Substitute Mario Gavronovic scored yet another in the 70th and then again in the 78th, duping keeper Ernst into playing the ball to his feet after collecting in his box. Gavronovic then pounced, dispossessed the bewildered keeper and slotted home coolly to round out the afternoon's scoring.
Time will tell whether or not Jones will actually be playing a serious role with Schalke this season, or if his appearance was a mere showcase to attract some would-be suitors. Schalke get their Bundesliga campaign underway this Saturday against VfB Stuttgart.
Wiesmar Anker 0 - 6 Hannover 96
Captain Steven Cherundolo made his comeback in the 64th minute as his Hannover 96 defeated fifth division team Anker Wismar on Sunday.
Head coach Mirko Slomka had to forgo Didier Ya Konan's inclusion in the starting 11 due to injury and opted to start with Moritz Stoppelkamp and Cherundolo on the bench. Hannover was determined to get off to a positive start after having been knocked out in this stage of the competition in each of the past two years.
Hannover had more of the ball from the get go and wasted little time in turning their initial dominance into scoreboard substance. Jan Schlaudraff thought it a good idea to leave two Wismar defenders picking up their jocks inside the box before picking out Mohammed Abdellaoue a yard in front of goal to slot home with his right foot in the 13th minute.
Abdellaoue then struck again in the 25th, this time with his left after Constantin Rausch cut through the defense to find his striker in the box, who had no difficulties making it 2-0.
Not to be outdone, Lars Stindl bagged two of his own as scorer-turned-playmaker Abdellaoue found his teammate twice: once in the 34th and then once again in the 36th minute for a 4-0 halftime lead.
The opening minutes of the second half were tepid at best, as Hannover did not feel the need to do anything and Anker Wismar could do nothing but chase the ball around the park.
Cherundolo made his return to the first team in the 64th minute coming on for Sofian Chahed, and Stoppelkamp was subbed on for Lars Stindl. Shortly thereafter things began to pick up again. Abdellaoue was brought down in the box by defender David Rosinski in the 71st, but Sergio Pinto blasted the PK over the crossbar.
Stoppelkamp pounced for his first and his side's fifth a few seconds later after Rausch's pass found him in the box in the 71st. Stoppelkamp then also got a double as he finished off the scoring for Hannover in the 76th, making it 6-0.
The return has to be encouraging for Cherundolo, as the Hannover captain could very well get the start on Saturday as Hannover play host to Hoffenheim.
Rot Weiss Ahlen 0 - 10 Paderborn 07
In what was a battle of two Yanks, Marcel Ramsey and Rot Weiss Ahlen hosted Matt Taylor and Paderborn who made his return to his former club in a lopsided affair that saw Taylor keep up his scintillating form by bagging a hat-trick.
The hosts really only managed to put up a fight in the opening ten minutes of the match. But that was all over after Paderborn struck in the 12th minute as Enis Alushi volleyed home a botched clearance from about ten yards, before Nick Proschwitz was brought down in the box ten minutes later. Captain Krösche converted, and Paderborn were off and running.
Taylor then reintroduce himself to the home crowd by finding Alushi with a nice through ball, who tallied his second on the afternoon in the 29th. Taylor then got on the scorer's sheet himself by sliding onto Proschwitz' cross just a minute later making it 4-0, which was the line at the break.
The second half started like the first ended with Paderborn dictating the proceedings. Proschkwitz scored on a diving header just two minutes after the restart for a 5-0 score.
In the 66th, Marcel Ramsey was subbed off, ending an afternoon to forget for the young US-striker. In the 71st, Taylor took advantage of defender Bernhard Venker's error in the box and made no mistake netting from close range.
Taylor then got his third in the 83rd sandwiched between strikes from Kara in the 79th and Meha in the 84th. Taylor then had his hand in the game's final goal after finding Proschwitz in the 86th for the American's third assist of the contest. Ahlen could not wait to get off the field as Paderborn amassed double digits in a 10-0 rout.
Next week Taylor and Paderborn travel to Union Berlin for a Friday affair, while Ahlen will look to shake off the debacle as they host Sportfreunde Siegen on Saturday.
SV Babelsberg 0 - 2 MSV Duisburg
Amaechi Igwe got his work permit in time to make his debut in Saturday's fixture against Duisburg and went the full 90, but could not prevent his team's early exit from the German Cup in a tightly contested match.
Babelsberg head coach Dietmar Demuth opted for a defensive formation, bringing on Igwe in midfield for Hebisch up top. The plan backfired early as striker Dominik Stroh-Engel served up a facial into his own net, deflecting Pliatsikas' cross past keeper Unger with his cheek in the sixth minute.
Unable to digest the early setback, Duisburg kept up the pressure. Exacerbating matters for the hosts were forced substitutions due to injury to both central defender Grossert in the tenth and midfielder Groß in the 27th minute.
Duisburg doubled at the half-hour mark, as Hungarian striker Domovchiyski calmly slid the ball past keeper Unger with his right foot.
The second half started brightly for the hosts, as they came out determined and did in fact apply extensive pressure to the guests. Despite their resolve and determination, they could not translate their possession into goals, or into clear-cut scoring chances for that matter.
After Domovchiyski almost put the game to bed in the 77th, Babelsberg had their best scoring chance of the match in the 87th. Rudolph broke free of the defense, but could not beat keeper Florian Fromlowitz who saved expertly from close range.
Referee Gräfe blew the final whistle shortly thereafter, ending any dreams Igwe and Babelsberg had of advancing in this year's cup.
Babelsberg and Igwe will have a short, and busy, week as they play host to Rot-Weiß Erfurt on Tuesday, before spending Saturday away at Wacker Burghausen.
Hertha BSC took care of ZFC Meuselwitz 4-0 on Sunday and Alfredo Morales got some late second-half sub minutes coming on for striker Ramos in the 77th minute.
Daniel Williams was not named to the game day roster as SC Freiburg fell to Unterhaching 3-2 on Sunday.
Michael Bradley is still trying to find a way out of Germany and was not named to the Borussia Mönchengladbach squad that defeated Jahn Regensburg 3-1 on Friday. He will be hoping to have some idea where his future lies before the 1. Bundesliga gets underway with Gladbach starting the season away at Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Ricardo Clark dressed for Eintracht Frankfurt but did not get off the bench with Frankfurt's new acquisition, Anderson, getting the start and going the distance in a 2-0 victory over Hallescher FC on Saturday. Clark will be hoping to get some playing time against Eintracht Braunschweig this coming Sunday in the 2. Bundesliga.
Bobby Wood was named to the game-day bench for the first time this season, but did not see the field as 1860 Munich came from behind twice to defeat VFL Osnabrück on Friday. Wood will hope to be named to the 1860 squad that will be taking on Energie Cottbus this Saturday in the 2.Bundesliga.
Luis Robles was Karlsruhe's number 2 behind starting keeper Dirk Orlishausen as KSC defeated Alemania Aachen 3-1 in a battle of 2. Bundesliga teams on Sunday.
Edson Buddle spent the majority of Sunday afternoon on the bench as Ingolstadt knocked off Oberneuland 4-1. Buddle saw five minutes of mop-up time coming on for Caiuby shortly before the final whistle blew. Buddle will be keen on getting back his spot in the starting 11 as Ingolstadt visit Fortuna Düsseldorf over the weekend.