RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Daniel Williams helped to shut down high-flying FC Bayern in his first Hoffenheim start while Edson Buddle's two goals weren't enough to counteract Ingolstadt's defensive collapse against Bochum.
FC Nürnberg 3 - 3 FSV Mainz 05
Timothy Chandler played the duration for FC Nürnberg on Saturday and was involved in the buildup to their first two goals as they scratched a point in their wild draw at home against FSV Mainz.
The American was heavily involved in Nürnberg's opening goal in the fifth minute, pulling down a long ball in the right flank, and finding space around two defenders to hit a cross towards the far post.
Czech forward Tomas Pekhart headed the ball back to the center of the six-yard box where teammate Markus Feulner was able to side-foot it past the Mainz keeper for the early lead.
They looked well on their way in doubling the lead just before the 20th minute, as Chandler dribbled the ball forward into Mainz territory, and slid a pass to Feulner on the right side of the area, who immediately centered it for Robert Mak to put away with a low shot to the left of goal.
Mainz cut the lead to a single goal in the 32nd minute when Julian Baumgartlinger headed down a long free kick in front of goal which Niko Bungert easily put away, then pulled even just before the break as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put away a tight-angled shot from the right side.
Mainz carried the momentum into the second half, pulling ahead in the 52nd minute as Andreas Ivanschitz rose above two helpless marking defenders to head in a long diagonal cross from Marcel Risse.
Mainz looked headed to the full three points until a late counter saw Mak dribble into the right side of the penalty area and hit a cross towards the far post, which barely evaded the reach of the Mainz keeper and met the lunging foot of Pekhart for the 82nd minute equalizer.
While rescuing the points, Nürnberg nevertheless fall to 11th place with the loss, and will have a two-week break for international play before visiting inconsistent Wolfsburg on Saturday, October 15.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0 - 0 FC Bayern
Daniel Williams' first start in the Hoffenheim uniform was a successful one, as he helped to hold erstwhile league leaders FC Bayern to a scoreless draw in his 69 minutes of play on Saturday afternoon.
Bayern stormed into the game on a dominant ten-game winning streak, during which they had not conceded a goal in close to two months and had risen to the top of both the Bundesliga and their Champions League group.
A heads up play by Hoffe defender Isaac Vorsah to clear a deflected from Jerome Boateng from the line in the 17th minute kept Bayern from taking the early lead, then five minutes later Manuel Neuer returned the favor with a diving deflection to deny Marvin Compper on a no-look header.
Williams spent the game clamping down the back of the central midfield, but did take a crack at goal in the 55th minute which was just barely too high.
The Bavarians through they had found the winning goal in the 70th minute, moments after Williams' departure from the field, as a chaotic 70th minute corner eventually ended with Bastian Schweinsteiger poking the ball over the line, however he was correctly ruled offside, keeping the game scoreless.
Two minutes later, first-year Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer officially attained the remarkable feat of not conceding an opposing goal in the previous 1000 of Bundesliga play, the lone high point of a rather drab final 20 minutes which saw neither team make any headway towards the opposing goal.
Hoffenheim drop to eighth place with the result, and will look to break their two-game winless streak in two weeks when they visit Stuttgart.
Hannover 96 3 - 2 Werder Bremen
Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover on Sunday, picking up a second-half yellow card as they outlasted Werder Bremen in an event-filled home win.
The fans in the seats had barely begun to sip their beers when Philipp Bargfrede took down Lars Stindl just inside the left side of the Werder penalty area, allowing Mohammed Abdellaoue to score from the spot for the second-minute lead.
Hannover successfully doubled it in the 38th minute as Jan Schlaudraff streaked up the right flank then centered the ball to Abdellaoue for straightforward score from close range.
Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro showed his skill well into first-half injury time to help Werder cut the lead to a single score, shaking off three defenders before finding Marko Arnautovic at the edge of the area for a shot that took the Hannover defense by surprise.
Rather than allow their guests to mount a comeback, Hannover brought their lead again to two goals at the hour mark as Abdellaoue headed in his third goal of the afternoon thanks to a pinpoint cross from Sergio Pinto.
While the sending off of Arnautovic with 12 minutes left for a bad foul on Pinto did leave Werder with a shortage on the field, they did manage to make matters interesting for the final minutes when Pizarro connected on a long ball forward from Clemens Fritz, slamming it into the net at full stretch with a one-touch shot destined for the highlight reels with seven minutes on the clock.
The final minutes would see Hannover not only clamp down any further advances from their guests but threatened to add a fourth on several occasions, with the referee eventually signaling the end of the game and the three points to the hosts.
Hannover rise to fifth place with the win, now trailing both Werder and Borussia Mönchengladbach by one point. They next visit FC Cologne on the Sunday following the international break.
Hamburger SV 1 - 2 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones continued to show new life under recently-appointed Schalke head coach Huub Stevens, entering their win on Sunday at Hamburger SV as a 55th minute sub.
After making his first appearance for Schalke on Thursday in Europa League play, Jones was included on Stevens' bench as the team took the field against dismal last-place Hamburg.
Schalke quickly poured further misery on Hamburg, as 13th-minute attack ended with right back Marco Höger sending in a cross from the right side which Klaas Jan Huntelaar headed in for the lead.
Wanting to avoid remaining stuck to the bottom of the standings, Hamburg opportunistically equalized in the 37th minute after Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes lost the ball in midfield, with Zhi-Gin Lam feeding Mladen Petric the ball into the area for an 11-yard shot to the left corner.
With Schalke looking to push their way to the winning goal, Jones entered the game in place of Lewis Holtby in the 55th minute for his first league appearance since the opening weekend, and the continued effort from Schalke eventually paid off.
With 17 minutes left on the clock, Christian Fuchs lofted in a cross from the left side which the leaping Huntelaar met in midair to redirect to the far side of goal with an impressive no-look side-footed shot for the winner.
Schalke climb into fourth place with the three points in the bag, and will next host struggling Kaiserslautern after the international break.
FC Ingolstadt 04 3 - 5 VfL Bochum
Edson Buddle had perhaps the best half of play since he arrived at Ingolstadt with two goals and an assist in the first 45 minutes of play on Saturday, however a complete defensive collapse after the break nevertheless doomed the team to a tough home loss to Bochum.
An early charge just past the ninth minute put Ingolstadt on the board, as Andreas Schäfer stormed up the left side to the endline and sent a cross which was deflected by a Bochum defender directly into the path of Buddle, who put it away to the left side of goal with a cool finish.
If his first goal looked routine, Buddle's second score more than made up for it; Stefan Leitl launched a long ball from the midfield to the streaking American at the upper left corner of the area, and seeing that the Bochum keeper had come off his line, Buddle stuck his left foot out for an unreachable one-touch lob which bounced into goal for the 20th-minute 2-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, North Korean striker Chong Tese pulled one back in the 37th minute with a blazing 22-yard shot to the center of goal, but Andreas Buchner restored the two-goal lead for Ingolstadt two minutes before the half when he put away a clever flick from Buddle from the edge of the six-yard box.
The second half would, however, prove to be disastrous for Ingolstadt, as "The People's Rooney" netted his second of the afternoon in the 61st minute when he ran onto a through ball and put it away with a low shot to the left of goal, then set up the equalizing goal with 11 minutes left with a short cross which Daniel Ginczek put away from close range.
The North Korean star then completed his hat trick with two minutes left in regulation for the winner with a ten-yard shot from the left side of goal, and the visitors then added one more for good measure in stoppage time, with Ginczek setting up Takashi Inui for a right-footed shot into an open net.
Ingolstadt fall to the edge of the relegation zone after the loss, but will hope for redemption in two weeks when they visit a surprisingly bad MSV Duisburg team.
SV Babelsberg 03 1 - 2 SV Sandhausen
Igwe Amaechi made his return to the Babelsberg starting lineup following a brief absence, playing the full 90 minutes in central defense as they fell at home to SV Sandhausen on Saturday.
Babelsberg were almost immediately playing from behind, with Sandhausen forward Frank Lönig sending Roberto Pinto through on goal on the right side, where he kept his distance in front of a trio of defenders and slotted past keeper Daniel Zacher for 1-0.
The hosts did keep their composure and equalized just 15 minutes later, with Markus Müller taking advantage of a ball which was left sitting on the edge of the six-yard box to put it away from short distance.
Sandhausen took control after the break, and quickly created what would be the winning goal in the 52nd minute, as Pinto dropped the ball off to Löhnig at the edge of the area for a low shot to the right of goal for 2-1.
With the loss, Babelsberg drop to 16th place just behind Darmstadt, although they are still two points clear of the drop zone. They will play through the international break, paying a visit to bottom-three team Carl Zeiss Jena.
SV Darmstadt 98 - Kickers Offenbach
Preston Zimmerman went the distance for Darmstadt on Sunday afternoon at the head of their attack, but was unable to repeat his goal-scoring heroics of their last outing as they battled to a scoreless draw at home against Kickers Offenbach.
Both teams kept a tight midfield in the opening half, limiting forward attacks and allowing their defenses to come under little pressure.
The game opened up more in the second half, and Zimmerman had the chance to put his team ahead in the 54th minute after a mistake by Offenbach defender Stefan Kleineheismann, but put his shot in the side netting.
Darmstadt held the upper hand for much of the half with a number of chances, perhaps the closest being Zimmerman's 84th-minute header off the crossbar, but the score stayed deadlocked, giving each team their share of the spoils.
The result pushes Darmstadt one point ahead of Babelsberg into 15th place, with their next outing being on Saturday at fifth-place Heidenheim.
Alfredo Morales was included on Hertha's bench for their Saturday matchup at home against FC Cologne, however was not called upon to participate in the strong 3-0 win.
Ricardo Clark was not included in the Eintracht Frankfurt squad which scored a 3-1 home win over FC Union Berlin on Friday afternoon.
Bobby Wood did not suit up for TSV 1860 Munich on Sunday for their 4-2 home loss against Dynamo Dresden, but nevertheless had a successful weekend as he netted a goal for 1860's U23 team in their Regionalliga match on Friday night.
Matt Taylor was an injury-time substitute for Paderborn on Sunday in their 1-0 road win over MSV Duisburg.
Karlsruher SC backup keeper Luis Robles watched from the bench on Sunday afternoon as the team wasted a second-half come-back, surrendering a last-second equalizer to ten-man Fürth.