RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg had their hands full with on-fire Borussia Moenchengladbach, and Edson Buddle played the second half in a losing effort to Matt Taylor and Paderborn in the 2. Bundesliga.
Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 - 0 FC Nurnberg
Timmy Chandler and Nurnberg took on the surprise team of Bundesliga in Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, as the host Foals used a late penalty to break the deadlock and net their fifth win in seven games.
Dieter Hacking handed Chandler his seventh start in as many games at right fullback Friday, as Nurnberg came into the match with seven points from their last three games alone. Gladbach, on the other hand, had won their last two, and notched an impressive 13 points from a possible 18.
The match started with the home team applying pressure all over the field, and had a chance to take the lead in both the 5th and 17th minutes with Venezuelan striker Igor de Camargo and German national team player Marco Reus both squandering clear-cut scoring chances.
While Gladbach remained on the offensive, with the aforementioned Reus looking the most threatening, Nurnberg failed to put together any noteworthy offensive action in the first 45 minutes.
The second half started similar to the first, with the notable exception that Nurnberg now began regular forays in the attacking third. After Nurnberg garnered their first shot on target of the contest in the 57th minute, the hosts regained control of the game in pursuit of the opening goal.
In the 73rd minute, Gladbach's de Camargo played Raul Bobadilla alone onto goal with a precise through ball. The burly Argentine, however, was unable to beat Nurnberg's keeper Alexander Stephan with a dissapointing chip shot.
Gladbach was finally rewarded for their efforts with a penalty in the 78th minute, as Reus danced around two defenders on the right, cutting inside, before laying off for de Camargo, who chipped a pass one-time into the box for Reus, who was subsequently brought down by Javier Pinola. Filip Daems stepped up and converted cooly into the upper right corner for the late 1-0 lead.
Emboldened by the deserved lead, Gladbach was closer to their second than Nurnberg to their first, with Reus failing to convert excellent chances in both the 79th and 86th minutes.
Despite the loss, Chandler and Nurnberg find themselves in the top ten with ten points from seven games. Next week they host FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday.
SC Paderborn 07 4 - 1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Edson Buddle saw 45 minutes of action, while Matt Taylor looked on from the bench as Paderborn dropped Ingolstadt on Sunday to continue their unbeaten streak.
Despite scoring two goals a week ago in a home victory against Dresden, Igolstadt's head coach Benno Mohlmann decided to leave Buddle on the bench to start the match; Paderborn's skipper Roger Schmidt opted to field the same lineup that beat down VfL Bochum 4-0 last matchday, which meant that Taylor started the game on the bench.
Paderborn began the match the more aggressive team and took the lead 20 minutes into the game. A freekick by Alban Meha setup the goal, as the diminutive midfielder whipped in a cross with his right to defender Thomas Bertels, who used his lengthy frame to get his head onto the ball and direct it past Igolstadt keeper Sascha Kirschstein.
In the 34th minute, the hosts doubled their lead as Meha hit a firm right-footed shot from about 25 yards that Kirschstein somehow let it despite getting a hand on it.
At the interval, Mohlmann brought on Buddle in an attempt to jumpstart the offense - and Buddle nearly scored just minutes after being introduced into the match, but a fantastic save from Paderborn keeper Lukas Kruse kept Buddle's hard left-footed shot out, and the clean-sheet intact.
In the 61st minute, the hosts cleared a corner and found ample space on the right to counter attack, which after some slick passing Markus Krosche capped off, slotting home his right-footed shot from ten yards out to make it 3-0.
The game in hand, Paderborn began possessing the ball and working the clock. The guests, however, displayed some heart, fighting to the last minute. In the 75th minute, central defender David Pisot latched onto a corner from Andreas Buchner to pull one back for the guests 3-1.
Paderborn was unfazed by the goal, and put the game to bed in the 89th minute, as Nick Proschwitz was played onto goal via a long ball, and after some excessive dribbling, fired a right-footed past Kirschstein for the game's 4-0 final score.
The loss leaves Ingolstadt with eight points in 12th place, while Paderborn has an impressive 15 points and sits in seventh place. Up next for Buddle and Ingolstadt is a home game against VfL Bochum. Taylor and Paderborn travel to Duisburg.
Both Amaechi Igwe and Preston Zimmerman saw their matches postponed due to the first official visit to Germany by Pope Benedict XVI on the weekend. No make-up dates have been announced. Babelsberg and Igwe host Sandhausen on Saturday, while Zimmerman and Darmstadt have a home game a day later against Kickers Offenbach.
Mirko Slomka left captain Steve Cherundolo on the bench for a second straight match as Hannover 96 had a disappointing goalless tie to Bundesliga newbies Augsburg on Saturday.
New coach, same story for Jermaine Jones, who was not named the gameday roster for Schalke 04 as the Royal Blues thrashed Freiburg 4-2.
Danny Williams was an unused substitute, and Fabian Johnson is continuing to recovery from a knee injury, as Hoffenheim 1899 were knocked off by Cologne 2-0.
David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Leverkusen as they fell to league leaders Bayern Munich 3-0.
Bobby Wood did not make the bench as 1860 Munich fell to Greuter Fuerth 2-0.
Luis Robles did not see the field for KSC 1-1 tie with Hansa Rostock.