RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Jermaine Jones and Steve Cherundolo were both victorious for Schalke and Hannover, while Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both starte in Hoffenheim's third loss in three games.
Greuther Fürth 0 - 2 FC Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones lined up for Schalke 04 Saturday night, as the Königsblauen from Gelsenkirechen dispatched Bundesliga newbies thanks to two second half strikes.
Coming off the international break, Jones put in yet another full 90 minutes of work in head coach Huub Stevens' midfield.
Fürth, making their debut in the Bundesliga this season, was content to keep their shape in the back and and defend, waiting to hit Schalke on the counter attack.
Fürth's tactics gave Schalke the lion's share of possession, but the visitors had trouble breaking down their hosts, and when they did, they were wasteful.
Schalke finally took the lead in the 48th minute as Julian Draxler hammered home a long-range effort that Fürth keeper Max Grün could do nothing about.
The guests then put the game to bed in the 88th minute. Substitute Tranquillo Barnetta slipped a pass across the face of goal to Lewis Holtby, who converted coolly for the final 2-0 score line.
Jones and Schalke have busy week ahead of them: On Tuesday awaits the opening match of the 2012-2013 Champions League season in Athens versus Olympiacos Piraeus, before hosting league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Hannover 96 3 - 2 Werder Bremen
Steve Cherundolo started for Hannover 96 on Saturday against Werder Bremen, as the Lower Saxons emerged victorious after an exciting five goal affair.
After featuring in Tuesday's match versus Jamaica, Cherundolo was back across the pond to captain Hannover and put in a full 90 minutes of work.
The match started frenetically with the home team going ahead after just six minutes had elapsed on Hungarian Szablocs Hustzi's left-footed free kick.
Hannover doubled their lead less than four minutes later as Danish midfielder Leon Andreasen latched onto Hustzi's cross, heading past Bremen keeper Sebastian Mielitz.
Bremen pulled one back in the 25th minute as Aaron Hunt converted from the spot after Hannover's Mario Eggiman was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.
Bremen drew level in the 74th minute as summer-signing Kevin de Bruyne notched his first Bundesliga tally after Eljero Elia found the Belgian open in the box, who one-timed a left-footed shot past Ron-Robert Zieler.
Hannover, though, was not to be denied and grabbed a late winner through man of the match Hustzi. This time the Hungarian fired in a spectacular side bicycle kick from 8 yards out in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Cherundolo and Hannover have double duty this week. On Thursday, they travel to the Netherlands to take on Twente Enschede as the Europa League kicks off and then travel to Hoffenheim on Sunday.
SC Freiburg 5 - 3 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both featured for Hoffenheim, who continued to struggle, losing to Freiburg on Sunday.
Johnson made his third start of the season, while Williams made his first of the season; both played the full 90.
Hoffenheim got off to a great start with Matthieu Delpierre cleaning up in front of goal with a tap-in in the 2nd minute.
Freiburg drew level in the 17th minute as Karim Guedé took a feed from Oliver Sorg and redirected it past Hoffenheim's Tim Wiese.
Max Kruse then put the home team ahead in the 27th minute with a spectacular header from 8 yards out.
To begin the second half, head coach Markus Babbel brought on Boris Vukcevic for Kevin Volland. The move paid dividends in the 57th minute as Takashi Usami made a driving run before looking to hit Vukcevic in the middle. The pass should never have met its intended target, but Sorg missed the ball completely and Vukcevic buried the chance.
Wiese then took his turn to blunder, flying past the ball on a corner setting up Fallou Diagne for an uncontested header, which the Senegalese defender buried in the 68th minute.
Hoffenheim, though, showed some resolve and pulled even with Usami blasting a shot past keeper Baumann from 24 yards out in the 76th.
Wiese assisted on what turned out to be the winner in the 83rd, again misjudging a cross. This time Cedric Makiadi profited from the German keeper's error much to the delight of the home fans.
Sebastian Freis then completed the day's scoring in the 87th minute by slotting home from short range after taking Kruse's pass.
Hoffenheim will look for their first victory of the young season next week as they host Hannover on Sunday.
Halle FC 2 - 2 Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman's last minute strike snatched Darmstadt a point versus Halle on Saturday .
Zimmerman started up top for Darmstadt and went the distance for new head coach Jürgen Seeberger, who replaced Kosta Runjaic after five games without a victory.
The home team took the lead in the 37th minute when Erich Sautner's cross found Teixeira Rebelo, who headed home past Darmstadt keeper Jens Zimmermann.
Halle doubled their lead just four minutes later as Rebelo played in Dennis Mast on the one-two, and the latter found the back of the net with ease.
Darmstadt got on the board in the 81st minute when Michael Stegmeyer pounced on a rebound and slotted home from close range.
Just three minutes from time, keeper Darko Horvat spilled a cross that Zimmerman tapped home after to give Darmstadt a point.
Up next for Darmstadt and Zimmerman is a home match versus VfB Stuttgart II.
VfL Osnabrück 0 - 1 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor got the start up top on Saturday for Münster as they beat Osnabrück in the Westphalian derby.
Taylor put in another 90 minutes for head coach Pavel Dotchev in attack on Saturday and lent a helping hand on the game's only goal.
After putting loads of pressure on Osnabrück's backline, keeper Nils Zumbeel cleared, but only as far as Taylor. The Ohioan collected, before playing a through ball into the path of Amaury Bischoff, who beat Zumbeel in a one on one chance easily in the 43rd minute.
Münster was content to defend and let Osnabrück carry the load in the second half. Münster's defense held, as they took home all three points.
Taylor and Preußen Münster host Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday in their next match.
Borussia Dortmund II 1 - 1 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal Dominque Fennell got the start in defense as the Swabians came back to secure a point in 3.Liga action.
Fennell has quickly become a mainstay in head coach Dick Schuster's starting 11, making his 9th start in as many games.
The Kickers fell behind right before the break as Fennell brought down Leonardo Bittencourt in the box for a penalty. Thomas Meißner converted from the spot to give the home team the lead.
In the 68th minute, Julian Leist managed to get onto the ball and slot home after Dortmund failed to clear the ball.
Despite the Kickers beefing up their attacking efforts, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Fennell and the Kickers host FC Saarbrucken on Saturday in their next game.
Alfredo Morales did not make the bench for Hertha Berlin on Sunday, as Berlin won 2-0 over Aalen.
Andrew Wooten did not get off the bench for Sandhausen as they tied Dresden 1-1.
David Yelldell did not make the bench as Leverkusen was thrashed 3-0 by Dortmund.