RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Fabian Johnson and Steve Cherundolo both went the distance for their clubs in the German top flight, while John Anthony Brook and Andrew Wooten saw extensive playing time in the second.
1899 Hoffenheim 3 - 3 Greuther Fürth
Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim at left back as the home team squandered three separate leads, including conceding a last minute equalizer to lose two points against Greuther Fürth.
Johnson, after sitting out both US qualifiers this past week due to a knock, was back in action on Friday night and put in a full 90 shift for Hoffenheim. Daniel Williams missed out on the affair due to suspension after picking up his 5th caution last time out.
Hoffenheim came into the affair looking to climb up the table as they sat in 14th place with seven points.
But it was the guests from Franconia, who started with a flurry, pressing early and combining well to create two golden opportunities in the sixth and seventh minutes respectively through Brazilian Edu and Sercan Sararer; both went begging.
Against the early run of play, the home squad struck. Roberto Firmino headed home a Sebastian Rudy free kick in the eighth minute with Hoffenheim's first foray into the opposition's half.
Fürth, despite their willingness to scrape and claw, failed to muster anything threatening to Tim Wiese's goal until late in the first half.
Edgar Prib's long-rage effort was parried nicely by Wiese, but unluckily landed at the feet of Zoltan Stieber, who banged home from six yards out to equalize before the break.
Hoffenheim regained the advantage in the 67th minute through Joselu, only to see Prib cancel out the strike with a fantastic effort from just outside the box in the 84th minute.
The home team surely had to have thought they grabbed a late winner through Joselu in the 89th minute, as the Spaniard got a toe on Kevin Volland's cross before keeper Max Grün could clear the danger.
But Fürth capped off a back and forth contest in dramatic fashion by converting a corner in the third minute of second-half stoppage time through Lasse Sobeich.
The point leaves Hoffenheim with eight points on the season and in 13th place. Johnson and Hoffenheim travel to Mainz next week to try and get back in the win column.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - 1 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover versus Frankfurt on Saturday as the former fell behind early to the latter and was never able to recover.
Cherundolo put in yet another full 90 minutes worth of action on Saturday for head coach Mirko Slomka's team - his seventh in eight games.
Hannover were caught napping early as Algerian Karim Matmour reacted quicker to Bastian Oczipka's bounding cross and subsequently headed home past Ron-Robert Zieler after just five minutes had elapsed.
The Hessians then doubled their lead in the 18th minute with some quick and clinical one-touch passing on the edge of the box to free up Sebastian Jung on the right for an uncontested shot that hummed past Zieler.
The guests from Lower Saxony eventually collected themselves and found their way back into the match netting an equalizer in the 43rd minute through Norwegian Mohammed Abdellaoue.
Frankfurt put the match away in the 81st minute as Stefano Celozzi found Alexander Maier with a deft cross to make it 3-1 and continue their impressive run to begin the season.
Up next for Cherundolo and Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga is a Sunday date versus Borussia Mönchengladbach.
FC Kaiserslautern 3 - 1 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten earned his second start in succession on Friday, but could not save his team from defeat despite a strong outing.
Wooten, who got his first start a week ago, put in 79 minutes of work against his old team. The on-loan striker looked good terrorizing the Kaiserslautern backline with his speed and dribbling.
Kaiserslautern, however, took the lead after just four minutes had gone thanks to a Mo Idrissou header past Sandhausen keeper Daniel Ischdonat.
Sandhausen then fired back in the eighth minute. Wooten did well to find Ole Kittner, whose powerful shot was parried expertly by Tobias Sippel. A fortuitous carom landed at the feet of Timo Achenbach, who scored easily from close range.
The Palatinates retook the lead, this time for good, in the 24th minute after Greek midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis collected Sippel's long ball and found an unmarked Albert Bunjaku, who headed home coolly.
Kaiserslautern then left it late to put the guests away, but put them away they did thanks to a strike in the second minute of stoppage time by Enis Hajri.
The loss leaves Sandhausen with nine points and in 14th place. Wooten and Sandhausen host MSV Duisburg next Saturday in their next match.
VfL Bochum 0 - 2 Hertha Berlin
John Anthony Brooks started for Berlin on Friday night as the capital club extended their unbeaten run to eight by downing Bochum.
Brooks got his second start in as many games for Berlin and played the full 90 as well.
The game started slowly with both teams intent on building off of a secure back line leading to an uninspired opening 45 minutes.
Berlin, however, came out of the dressing room and struck immediately.
Brazilian midfielder Ronny played a slick give-and-go with Columbian striker Adrian Ramos, who then found Peer Kluge in the box. The German collected and hesitated briefly before hitting past Andreas Luthe.
Berlin then put the game away in the 79th minute with Ramos feeding Cameroon midfielder Marcel Ndjeng, who blasted an excellent shot into the left upper 90.
With the victory, Brooks and Berlin remain in second place with 21 points. Up next for Hertha is a showdown against surprise leaders Eintracht Braunschweig.
Preußen Münster 2 - 2 Offenbach
Matt Taylor struck twice to brace Munster's promotion charge in an entertaining affair in the German third tier.
Taylor got the start and went the distance for Munster, who came into the match alone atop the standings.
The home team, however, fell behind in the 25th minute as Andre Hahn outran the defense to the touchline, from where he prudently found Thomas Rathgeber to slot home into an empty net.
Munster drew level in the 39th minute as Amaury Bischoff found the diminutive Taylor in the box on a free kick. Taylor outleaped his marker and buried his header for his 8th goal of the season.
Just three minutes later, Taylor made it nine as he pounced on Markus Husterer's blunder in the back and fired high past keeper Robert Wulnikowski.
Just when it looked like Munster was about to walk away with the victory, the guests from Offenbach were handed a suspect spot kick after Fabian Hergesell was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Rathgeber converted and the match ended two apiece.
Up next for Taylor and Munster is a Saturday trip to Karlsruhe to take on the KSC.
SV Darmstadt 1 - 2 Borussia Dortmund II
Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt continue to struggle as the Lilies blew a lead to fall to last-place Dortmund II in the German third division.
Zimmerman got the start for Darmstadt and went the distance as the home team took an early lead in the 13th minute.
Darmstadt striker Markus Steegmann was brought down in the box and Andreas Gaebler subsequently stepped up and converted the spot kick.
Dortmund then turned the match on its head with two second-half goals.
Marcel Halstenberg found striker Balint Bajner alone in front of Jan Zimmerman's goal in the 54th minute to equalize on an uncontested tap in.
With the game seemingly headed for a share of the spoils, Dortmund's Ensar Baykan punished Darmstadt's half-hearted defensive display with a solo through the ranks to create space and leave Zimmermann no chance to parry with a hammer from 23 yards out.
Zimmerman and Darmstadt take on FC Saarbrücken next Saturday.
Jermaine Jones came on for the final 11 minutes of Schalke's 2-1 derby day victory over rivals Dortmund.
Joesph Gyau was a late second half substitute for Sankt Pauli's 1-1 tie against Paderborn on Sunday.
Royal Dominique Fennell was an unused sub for the Stuttgarter Kickers as they fell at home to Wacker Burghausen 2-1.