RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Timmy Chandler manned the flanks for Nurrnberg in a stalemate against Werder Bremen on Saturday, while Edson Buddle and Preston Zimmerman each found the back of the net.
FC Nurnberg 1 - 1 SV Werder Bremen
Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg were a man up after 15 minutes, a goal down after 20, but found an equalizer to snatch a point against Bremen in the Easy-Credit Stadion.
Just moments after laying out to make an excellent save against Markus Mendler, Bremen's keeper Tim Wiese was shown a straight red card in the 16th minute for fouling Nurnberg's striker Christian Eigler after the Bremen net-minder inexplicably came off his line and overran the ball.
Despite the setback, Bremen struck first, just minutes after losing their starting keeper as Nurnberg's third-string goalie, Alexander Stephan, hit an errant pass that landed at the feet of Aaron Hunt. The German carried the ball forward before finding Claudio Pizzaro at the top of the box and the Peruvian then slotted a slick pass to Mehmet Ekici, who coolly fired past Stephan with his right for the 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.
Nurnberg was visibly shocked that they conceded a goal, and had difficulties finding their rhythm. Bremen's defense refused to allow the home team any space and heavy rain and hail exacerbated the troubles for Nurnberg.
After a 20-minute delay before the second-half restart, the inclement weather let up. Nurnberg used the extra time well as they came out looking much better and controlled the action, pinning Bremen in their own half.
In the 62nd minute, Markus Feulner whipped in a corner for Nurnberg and found central defender Philip Wollscheid, who bounced his header from five yards out through the legs of Bremen's Philip Bargfrede and into the back of the net for the much-deserved equalizer.
Nurnberg kept pressing in search of a winner, while Bremen defended with everything they had. In the end both teams split the spoils and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Next up for Chandler and Nurnberg is a Saturday trip to the surprise team of the new season, Borussia Monchengladbach. Nurnberg currently find them in the middle of the standings with 10 points from 6 games.
FC Ingolstadt 04 4 - 2 Dynamo Dresden
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SV Darmstadt 98 2 - 1 SC Preussen Muenster
Preston Zimmerman got just his fourth start on Saturday but made the most of it by grabbing his first goal of the season in Darmstadt's much-needed victory against Muenster.
Darmstadt entered the game on a three-game losing streak and Kosta Runjanic' boys came out determined to jump start their anemic offense.
Darmstadt‘s Uwe Hesse showed off some nice skill right after the whistle, controlling a pass with his chest on top of the box and then turning and firing one-time, but Muenster's keeper Daniel Masuch dove to his right to keep the game scoreless.
In the 28th minute, Muenster central defender Patrick Kirsch inadvertently headed onto the path of Zimmerman, who was faster than his defender and beat keeper Masuch to his far-post with a left-footed shot to open the scoring with his first goal of the season.
In the 40th minute, Darmstadt's keeper Zimmermann gifted the guests a goal as he misjudged his punch of Patrick Huckle's cross, which landed right at the feet of Angolan Jose Pierre Vunguidica. The midfielder easily tapped into an empty net to tie things up at one apiece.
In the 71st minute, Darmstadt got the go-ahead goal after Matthias Heckenberger's corner found Danny Latza all alone at the far post, and he headed home for the deserved lead.
Muenster failed to muster anything on offense and Darmstadt picked up a vital victory.
It was just the second time that Zimmerman went the distance, and given the fact that he scored, he could very well make his second start in a row next game when Darmstadt host Offenbach on October 2nd.
Steve Cherundolo was given the day off as his Hannover 96 scored a surprising 2-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Jermaine Jones did not dress for Schalke 04, who fell 2-0 to first place Bayern Munich.
Daniel Williams got about five minutes of mop-up duty, while Fabian Johnson sat out due to injury, as Hoffenheim knocked off Wolfsburg 3-1.
David Yelldell was on the bench, but did not play as Bayer Leverkusen was crushed at home to Cologne 4-1.
Ricardo Clark was not named to the gameday roster as Eintracht Frankfurt routed Hansa Rostock 4-1.
Matt Taylor dressed but did not play as Paderborn heaped the pressure on VfL Bochum, winning 4-0.
Bobby Wood did not suit up for 1860 Munich, who won 4-0 against FSV Frankfurt.
Amaechi Igwe was ineligible for Babelsberg's 1-0 victory after picking up his fifth caution of the season last week.