RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Jermaine Jones and Schalke cruised to an easy victory over Danny Williams and Hoffenheim while Timothy Chandler had a rough day at the office in Nurnberg's defeat against Bayern Munich
Schalke 3-1 1899 Hoffenheim
Jermaine Jones and Danny Williams lined up across from each other for Schalke and Hoffenheim respectively, both going the distance, while Fabian Johnson was a late second-half substitute as Schalke dropped Hoffenheim going away.
The game got off to a quick start, with neither of the teams feeling each other out; both Hoffenheim and Schalke pushed forward in an attempt to find the game's opener.
After 28 minutes of play, the home team managed the breakthrough. Spanish super-star striker Raul was on the receiving end of some fancy footwork from young wunderkind Julian Draxler, who found the Spaniard alone in front of goal after dancing through two defenders.
Hoffenheim equalized in the 63rd minute, when Vedad Ibesivic got on the end of and slammed Ryan Babbel's cross past Schalke keeper Lars Unnerstall.
Schalke, however, needed only 10 minutes to take back their lead. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by German defender Marvin Commper. Huntelaar converted the penalty himself for the 2-1 advantage.
Just three minutes later, Schalke put the game to bed and it was Huntelaar once again, this time slotting home the rebound after Hoffenheim keeper Tom Starker spilled Draxler's shot. It was Huntelaar's tenth goal of the season and the game's final tally.
Both Jones and Williams were shown yellow cards in the 69th and 89th minutes respectively. It was Jones' second and Williams' first of the season.
Next week, Jones has Europa League duties on Thursday hosting Larnaka before an away match against Hannover 96 on Sunday. Williams and Johnson have a home match against Kaiserslautern on Saturday.
FC Bayern Munich 4 - 0 FC Nürnberg
Timmy Chandler was in the starting 11 for Nürnberg, who had the unenviable task of travelling to Munich to take on the league leaders.
Dieter Hecking was full of confidence coming into the Franconian derby and genuinely believed his squad could get something from the match.
Unfortunately for Nürnberg, Munich shattered such delusions of grandeur needing all of one attacking move to open their account. Just 90 seconds into the match, German national team players Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez hooked up with the former finding the latter in the area and powering his header past a helpless Alexander Stephan.
In the 19th minute, the two aforementioned Germans reversed their roles. After Phillip Lahm and Franck Ribery used some nifty one-touch passing to unlock the Nürnberg defense, Gomez received the ball in the box before he saw an onrushing Schweinsteiger to his right. Schweinsteiger took it one-time from outside the area and blew out the back of the net with an absolute laser for the 2-0 advantage.
Seemingly already academic, Munich added another before the break as Ribery skirted past his defenders before his hard low shot from 10 yards out found its way past keeper Stephan in the 38th minute.
Gomez got his name on the scorer's sheet a second time in the 68th minute as he profited from Toni Kroos' generosity and only had to tap into an open net from point-blank range for the final 4-0 score.
Chandler and Nürnberg will look to get good next Saturday as they host last-place Freiburg.
FC Ingolstadt 1 - 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Edson Buddle got the start and put in 80 minutes of work, but could not help his team to victory as Frankfurt got a late equalizer to keep Ingolstadt in the bottom tier of the standings.
Buddle, as is typical under head coach Benno Möhlmann, got the start in attack in front of the home fans and was effective from the get-go.
He nearly scored in the 6th, but pushed his headed effort just wide of the post, otherwise Buddle was instrumental in his hold-up and distribution.
Both teams failed to find the back of the net in what was, despite the dearth of goals, an entertaining 2. Bundesliga match.
The hosts finally got the breakthrough in the 73rd minute as captain Stefan Leitl took the ball in the center of the field and, after proceeding completely unmolested to the edge of the area, fired a long-range effort past Frankfurt Keeper Oka Nikolov.
Igolstadt were tantalizingly close to securing three important points, when in the 6th minute of added time Karim Matmour got onto the end of a lofted cross to head home past Sascha Kirschstein for the equalizer with the game's last attack.
Ricardo Clark, once again was not named to Armin Veh's gameday squad.
Next week, Ingolstadt travels to Karlsruhe to take on the KSC in a battle of relegation-threatened clubs.
SC Paderborn 1 - 0 Erzgebirge Aue
Matt Taylor finally got another starting nod in attack as his SC Paderborn took care of Aue in 2. Bundesliga action.
Taylor was one of a total of four changes head coach Roger Schmidt made to his starting lineup, along with defenders Markus Palionis and Sören Gonther, and midfielder Mehmet Kara.
After a tepid first 45 that saw both teams more interested in defending than attacking, the hosts from Paderborn came out with attacking verve in the second half. Enis Alushi, Nick Proschwitz, Taylor and Palionis all had chances in the 48th, 51st, 52nd and 56th minutes respectively, but were all unable to put the ball past Aue keeper Martin Männel.
In the 60th minute, however, Paderborn was finally able to break the deadlock as deputy captain Florian Mohr headed home from 5 yards out after Proschwitz flicked on Alushi's corner.
Paderborn kept the pressure on, but could not increase their lead, which was safe the way it was as Aue was completely harmless with the ball at their feet.
Next week Taylor and Paderborn travel to Cottbus to take on Energie on Sunday.
Dynamo Dresden 5 - 1 Karslruher SC
Luis Robles finally got his first game of the year between the posts for Karlsruhe, but it was an afternoon he'd just as soon forget as Karlsruhe was thoroughly thumped by Dresden.
With the injury to number 1 keeper Dirk Orlishausen in the German cup match against Schalke on Wednesday, Robles found himself back in goal.
After being forced to make a series of saves in the opening 25 minutes, Robles could do little to keep Zlatko Dedic's penalty from getting past him in the 28th minute.
Just two minutes later, the ball landed right at Muhamed Subasic's feet just a few feet from Roble's goal, and the Bosnian made no mistake in putting the ball into the back of the net.
Guiseppe Acquaro managed to pull one back for Karlsruhe in the 38th minute, but any hopes of getting back into the game were squashed just a minute later as Robert Koch fired a right-footed shot past Robles for the 3-1 halftime lead.
The game was all but over in the 54th minute as Filip Trojan added a fourth as he slipped past the last defender for an uncontested 45 yard run on goal, which he capped off by coolly sliding a left-footed shot past the Karlsruhe netminder.
The rout was on, and Dresden added a 5th and final goal in the 68th minute as substitute Pavel Fort boxed out his marker to get onto a ball in the box before whipping in a right-footed shot past Robles.
Karlsruhe and Robles host Ingolstadt and Edson Buddle next week in a must-win game for both teams.
David Yelldell was an unused substitute as Leverkusen opened up match day 11 with a 1-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Friday.
Alfredo Morales did not get off the bench as Hertha Berlin knocked off VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 on Saturday.
Steve Cherundolo was suspended for Hannover 96's 2-1 loss at Gladbach after picking up two yellow cards in last week's match against Munich.
Bobby Wood was a late second half substitute as 1860 Munich dropped Duisburg 3-0.
Amaechi Igwe saw some late action as Babelsberg took care of Osnabruck 2-1.
Preston Zimmerman saw just over 15 minutes of action as Darmstadt failed to hold onto a one-goal lead against Oberhausen.