RECAP: MIDWEEK GERMAN CUP ACTION
Jermaine Jones continued his run in the Schalke starting lineup as they scored a late victory at Karlsruhe while Timothy Chandler and Nürnberg held on at Aue to advance to the final 16 of the German Cup.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 3 - 0 TSV 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood finally saw his first extensive action for 1860, entering the game as a 68th-minute sub in their crushing 3-0 defeat at Düsseldorf which ended their participation in the DFB Cup.
Düsseldorf were handed their opening goal on a silver platter, as Oliver Fink rushed up the left flank and found Johannes van den Bergh with a short centering pass in the 15th minute. The defender took his shot from the left edge of the area sharply, and 1860's Colin Benjamin attempted diving block served only to deflect it in for an embarrassing own-goal.
Six minutes before the break, Sacha Rösler scored a fantastic second goal for the hosts, receiving a pass form Thomas Bröker on the left side and hitting a high shot towards the far post, which drifted just inside the upper right corner for 2-0.
Wood was called upon to take the field 22 minutes from full time in place of left winger Dominik Stahl as the Lions tried to claw back from the deficit, however they were finally dealt the final death blow in the final seconds.
Benjamin completed his shambolic performance when he pulled Adriano Grimaldi down with a tackle from behind which will have NFL scouts taking note. Benjamin earned a red card for his linebacker impersonation, and Rösler nailed the subsequent spot kick, sending Düsseldorf to the final 16 of the competition.
The Lions will look to regroup on Sunday afternoon when they visit Duisburg in 2. Bundesliga play.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 4 - 0 SC Paderborn 07
Matt Taylor played the second half for Paderborn on Tuesday evening, but was unable to help the team get past an early deficit on their way to a blowout defeat at Greuther Fürth.
The hosts needed just five minutes to take the lead as Milorad Pekovic athletically lept high to head in a corner from Heinrich Schmidtgal, then doubled it just before the half-hour when Christopher Nöthe got his head on a cross from Schmidtgal, putting it away from the edge of the six-yard box.
The Fürth onslaught continued, with Canadian international Olivier Occean collecting a pass from Schmidtgal in the 35th minute and putting his shot past Paderborn keeper Lukas Kruse for 3-0.
Taylor was brought in at halftime as a part of a double-substitute to help give Paderborn any chance to save some face, however a straight red card to Markus Palionis at the hour left them with only ten men on the field and no chance to even score a consolation goal.
Fürth finally completed the blowout with 11 minutes on the clock, this time with Bernd Nehrig sending a short cross from the endline across the face of goal, which Tayfun Pektürk poked over the line for the team's fourth and final score.
Despite the loss, Paderborn are enjoying a great success in 2. Bundesliga play, and will try to hang onto their current fifht-place standing when they host Aue on Saturday afternoon.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2 - 1 FC Cologne
Danny Williams went the distance in Hoffenheim's midfield while Fabian Johnson played the final eight minutes, as a second-half surge by the Hoffe saw them surge past fellow top-flight team FC Cologne on Tuesday evening.
Hoffenheim looked to be in for a rough night in front of the home crowd, conceding the opening goal to Cologne after just six minutes. A lax defense allowed Slawomir Peszko to surge forward on the left and strike a high cross to the far edge of the six-yard box, which Mato Jajalo struck in at the near post with his first touch.
The hosts did settle the game down before any further damage was done, and pulled even five minutes before the half when Sven Schipplock worked his way into space on the left side and hit short pass back to Chinedu Obasi, which the Nigerian striker lunged out to poke in from seven yards out for the equalizer.
With momentum on their side, they found the winner five minutes after the break, as Knowledge Musona was quick to run onto a botched attempt at a headed clearance from Henrique Sereno and charged forward before slotting home from 12 yards.
Hoffenheim will find out their round of 16 opponent in Saturday's draw, but beforehand face a difficult visit to Schalke.
Hannover 96 0 - 1 FSV Mainz 05
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover fell in a heartbreaking overtime loss at home on Wednesday evening, as a last-second penalty kick attempt from Didier Ya Konan was heroically saved by Mainz keeper Christian Wetklo to send them out of the competition.
Cherundolo played the full 120 minutes at right back in the loss, and picked up a yellow card shortly into the first overtime period.
After a hard-fought scoreless first 90 minutes, Mainz needed just three minutes into overtime to hit what would end up being the winning goal. A long cross from Zdenek Pospech flew over the area to the left edge of the six-yard box, where Andreas Ivanschitz struck it from a nearly impossible angle, sending it just inside the near post for the emphatic 1-0 lead.
In a made-for-Hollywood ending, Hannover were given a perfect opportunity to force penalties when Mainz left back Malik Fathi knocked down Lars Stindl in the area, awarding a last-second spot kick to the hosts.
Didier Ya Konan elected to take the spot kick with what would be the last action of the game, sending his shot straight down the middle where Wetklo easily blocked it to safety, securing the dramatic win for Mainz.
Hannover will attempt to look past the unfortunate loss and continue their fine run in Bundesliga play when they visit Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
Karlsruher SC 0 - 2 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones played the full 90 minutes in midfield for Schalke, as the Königsblauen scored a pair of late goals to avoid embarrassment on their trip to Karlsruher SC.
Karlsruhe backup keeper Luis Robles was in uniform but watched the game from the team's bench.
Despite having troubles to stay afloat near the bottom of the 2. Bundesliga standings, Karlsruhe did a fine job of stifling their visitors for nearly the full 90 minutes, but saw their luck finally break down shortly before the final whistle.
In the 81st minute, Christian Fuchs unleashed a low cross from the left flank, which Klaas Jan Huntelaar sent into goal with a snap header from six yards out.
Any possible chance of a Karlsruhe comeback to force overtime was ended two minutes later, with Jefferson Farfan hitting a cross from the opposite side of the field which Joel Matip rushed in to head past Dirk Orlishausen to secure the victory.
Schalke will next take the field on Saturday at home against Hoffenheim, while Karlsruhe will try to escape the relegation zone with a trip to Dynamo Dresden.
Erzgebirge Aue 1 - 2 FC Nürnberg
Timothy Chandler did his usual work on the right side of Nürnberg's defense on Wednesday evening, helping to shut down Erzgebirge Aue as a pair of second-half goals saw the team past their 2. Bundesliga foes.
Nürnberg opened the scoring four minutes past the hour mark, as Alexander Esswein received the ball on the left flank, evaded several defenders to cut towards the middle, and launched a pinpoint shot which flew just inside the upper right corner for a spectacular opener.
Four minutes later, Esswein fought two defenders to win the ball just inside the penalty area and dropped a short pass back to Julian Weißmeier for a low shot which doubled the advantage.
Aue did make matters interesting when they pulled back with 12 minutes remaining off the head of Ronny König, however Nürnberg held tight, earning their way into the final 16.
"Der Club" will next hit the road on Saturday afternoon to pay a visit to area rivals FC Bayern in an always-heated derby.
FC Bayern 6 - 0 FC Ingolstadt 04
Edson Buddle earned the start for Ingolstadt, playing the first 74 minutes on Wednesday night as they were dealt a severe beating by 1. Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern.
While the Schanzer did hold their hosts to a single, deflected goal from the foot of Thomas Müller in the first half, the floodgates opened after the break, with a further five by the Bavarians making the game a brutal rout.
Details of the game are given in a Yanks Abroad Press Box Report.
Borussia Dortmund forward Terrence Boyd did not suit up for the team's 2-0 victory over 2. Bundesliga team Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday.
Alfredo Morales did no make it off the Hertha Bench on Wednesday for their 3-0 win at Rot-Weiss Essen.
Ricardo Clark was not in uniform for Eintracht Frankfurt's narrow 1-0 loss at home to FC Kaiserslautern.