RECAP: GERMAN CUP ACTION
Five Americans were in action in the second round of German Cup play with Jermaine Jones and Steve Cherundolo advancing with Schalke and Hannover respectively.
Schalke 04 3 - 0 Sandhausen
Jermaine Jones and Schalke knocked off Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen in the 2nd round of the German cup Tuesday.
Jones got the starting nod from head coach Huub Stevens in midfield, while Wooten put in 20 minutes and change in the 2nd half for the guests from Germany's second tier.
The favorites opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Cipran Marica feeding Dutch striker, and FC Barcelona product, Ibrahim Afellay with a cross in the center of the box that he converted with the inside of his right boot.
Up a goal and the home fans at their back, the hosts from Gelsenkirchen were in cruise control and nearly doubled their lead in both the 14th and 17th minutes, but neither Julian Draxler nor the aforementioned Marica could take advantage of excellent opportunities.
Schalke did, however, find a second goal in the 62nd minute and did so in style.
Tranquilo Barnetta whipped in an early cross from the right flank to Marica, who created enough space from his marker to hammer home an acrobatic bicycle kick from 10 yards out.
The Bundesliga outfit then made it official ten minutes from time as Draxler threaded the needle for Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who beat keeper Daniel Ischdonat one-time with a right-footed shot.
The victory gives Jones and Schalke four in a row in all competitions. They will look to make it five this coming Saturday as they travel to take on Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson in Hoffenheim.
Wooten and Sandhausen are back in action on Friday against league leaders Braunschweig.
Hannover 96 1 - 1 Dynamo Dresden
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 squeaked by second-flight squad Dynamo Dresden in a penalty shootout to advance to the next round of the German Cup.
After sitting out last weekend's Bundesliga defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, Cherundolo returned to the starting lineup and put in 90 minutes of work against Dresden.
Hannover grabbed an early lead in the 15th minute through Mame Diouf, who profited from fellow striker Didier Ya Konan's generosity to tap in from close range.
Much to the chagrin of the home faithful, Hannover's lead did not last long. Romain Bregerie drew the guests from Saxony level in the 28th minute on a long distance free kick that sailed past friend and foe alike to find the back of the net.
After Dresden's equalizer both team took their foot off the proverbial gas going forward to concentrate efforts in the back. As a result, both attack and flow took a nose dive.
Things picked up again in the second half with a flurry of chances on both sides. The best of the bunch came in the 54th minute, as Karim Haggui's headed effort rattled the post.
Extra time failed to produce a winner, so the match was decided by penalties. Hannover was the luckier team emerging victorious 4-3 to move on.
Hannover and Cherundolo are back in Bundesliga action on Saturday as they host FC Augsburg.
Preußen Münster 0 - 1 FC Augsburg
Matt Taylor and Munster were up against yet another Bundesliga squad in German Cup play, but were unable to prolong the magic as they fell to Augsburg.
Leading his team in goals and coming off a hat-trick against Werder Bremen in the first round of the German Cup, Taylor's inclusion was a mere formality in Pavel Dotchev's starting 11.
The game's first chance fell to the home underdogs and Taylor in the 16th minute. Dennis Grote played Taylor in behind the defense, but the Ohioan's chipped effort failed to drop in time sailing past the target.
Augsburg had their first chance in the 30th minute through Marcel de Jong, who muscled his way past Benjamin Siegert to fire from 22 yards out. The effort required a fine save by Daniel Masuch to keep things scoreless.
In the 69th minute, Augsburg found the game's only goal. In a case of role reversal, striker Aristide Bancé ended his driving run by finding central defender Jan Callsen-Bracker in the box. The defender showed off his striker qualities by slotting home expertly to the left of Masuch.
Munster threw everything they had at Augsburg in the match's final 20 minutes, but came up short.
Taylor and Munster are back in action in the German third flight as they host Rot-Weiß Erfurt on Saturday.
VfB Stuttgart 3 - 0 FC Sankt Pauli
Joseph Gyau received his first start for St. Pauli in a losing effort versus Stuttgart, who advanced to the next round comfortably.
After coming off the bench Sunday to spark St. Pauli to a come-from-behind victory over Dresden, head coach Michael Frontzeck handed Gyau his first start for the Hamburg outfit; the young striker went the distance.
Stuttgart's Ibrahima Traoré put the Swabians in front in the 21st minute on an audacious effort from 35 yards out. St. Pauli keeper Phillip Tschauner could only get his fingertips on it, but it was not enough to keep the shot out.
A minute later, Stuttgart doubled their advantage as Vedad Ibisevic pounced on an errant clearance by Markus Thorandt to fire home.
The game was all but over in the 41st minute when Christian Gentner found Hungarian playmaker Tomas Hajnal alone in the box, who volleyed home past Tschauner for the game's final 3-0 score.
Gyau and St. Pauli can now focus their collective efforts on league play, which resumes on Saturday as they travel to Munich to take on 1860.