RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Jermaine Jones and Schalke suffered a shock defeat to the last place team in the Bundesliga, while Tim Chandler and Nuremberg bounced back from a tough loss last weekend.
FC Schalke 04 1 - 2 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Jermaine Jones and Schalke suffered a rough loss, as Fürth scored the match-winning goal late on Saturday.
Jones returned to the lineup following his three-match suspension and played 82 minutes in the losing effort.
After a scoreless first half in which the Bundesliga's last-place team frustrated Schalke, the Royal Blues broke through in the 47th minute. Newly acquired Michel Bastos received a pass from Roman Neustädter on the left wing, took a dribble and snuck a 21-yard shot inside the right post.
The lead was short lived, as the Cloverleaves' Felix Klaus scored the equalizer. With only the goalkeeper and one defender in the box, Nikola Djurdjic sent in a low cross that Klaus, who had an easy tap in from the edge of the six-yard box.
Schalke interim coach Jens Keller decided to take Jones off and bring on forward Teemu Pukki in an attempt to go for the win, but it came to haunt the team in stoppage time.
On a counterattack in the second minute of stoppage time, Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand blocked Ilir Azemi's shot, only to have the rebound end up with Djurdjic. The Serbian sent a looping head from 14 yards out over Hildebrand and into the net.
With the loss, the Royal Blues lost ground on Frankfurt in fourth place, falling seven points behind the Eagles. Schalke returns to action next Saturday at Bayern Munich.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2 - 1 SC Freiburg
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim ended a nine-match winless streak with a win over Freiburg on Saturday.
After missing last week's match with a knee injury he suffered during practice, Johnson went the distance at left back for Hoffenheim, while Williams made a 15-minute cameo in the winning effort.
Things looked terrible for Hoffenheim early on, allowing a goal to Max Kruse in the fourth minute. Kruse had his first shot stopped by on-loan goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes but wouldn't be denied a second time, taking a touch after receiving the rebound and firing into the back of the net from eight yards out.
Hoffenheim responded, however, thanks to Kevin Volland. A Roberto Firmino shot ricocheted off the right post and landed at Volland's feet, with the forward bouncing his shot off a Freiburg defender for the goal in the 10th minute.
The German forward wasn't done, adding another goal to his tally in the 27th minute. Following a turnover off a short cross, Hoffenheim pressed the Freiburg defense to get the ball back. Tobias Weis got the ball and passed to Volland, whose shot rocketed into the top of the net.
Hoffenheim managed to hold on from there, despite Freiburg constant pressure to find an equalizer. The Breisgau Brazilians owned 70 percent of possession but couldn't put another past Gomes.
With the win and an Augsburg tie, Hoffenheim leapfrogged into 16th place for the promotion playoff spot. The team returns to action next Saturday at Hannover.
1. FC Nuremberg 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Tim Chandler and Nuremberg jumped out to an early lead against Mönchengladbach and held to record their win under coach Michael Wiesinger.
Chandler played the full 90 minutes at right for Der Club in the win.
Nuremberg scored the match's first goal in the fourth minute. Off a corner, Mike Franz went down in the box, and referee Florian Meyer called for the penalty. Timmy Simons stepped and converted the penalty for Der Club.
The home team retreated back inside its own half following the goal, coming back out in the 30th minute to double its lead. Hiroshi Kiyotake intercepted an errant pass in the midfield and found Tomas Perkhart, who beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a low shot from 11 yards away.
In the second half, the Foals came out with a more offensive lineup, and it paid off in the 58th minute, with Patrick Hermann beating Nuremberg goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer on a sharp angle shot that went into the top netting.
Mönchengladbach continued to search for a tying goal, but Nuremberg held on for the win.
Nuremberg increased its cushion from the relegation zone to eight points with the win, and the team returns to action next Saturday at Frankfurt.
1. FC Union Berlin 3 - 1 SV Sandhausen
Playing at right outside midfielder, Andrew Wooten went the distance for Sandhausen as Union Berlin hammered Sandhausen on Friday.
It didn't take long for the home team to take the lead, scoring in the sixth minute. Michael Parensen headed Torsten Mattuschka's corner toward goal, and the ball seemed to cross over the line, although the referee called it cleared off the line. Although Simon Terrode managed to put the ball in the net afterward, Parensen received credit for the goal after the game.
In the 32nd minute, Berlin doubled its lead, when the referee called Julian Schauerte for a handball in the box. Mattuschka converted the penalty.
Things got worse in the second half for Sandhausen, with substitute Baris Özbek scoring one-minute-a-half after entering the game. He was at the end of another Mattuschka and scored from six yards away.
Despite a few chances from Wooten, Sandhausen couldn't find the back of the net until the 90th minute, when Schauerte recorded a consolation goal.
With the loss, Sandhausen is still mired in the relegation fight, sitting in in 17th place. The team returns to action next Sunday against St. Pauli.
SV Darmstadt 98 0 - 0 Wacker Burghausen
Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt didn't help their survival chances in the 3.Liga with a goalless tie on Saturday.
The Lilies entered the match in last place, needing a lot of help to keep themselves in the third tier of German soccer. The team sat in last place, six points out of safety with two matches in hand.
With that hanging over the players' heads, Darmstadt went to work against Burghausen. It took 24 minutes for either team to show signs of creating a chance and 30 minutes before a real goal-scoring opportunity. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half.
In the second half, the Lilies started out stronger, forcing a save from Burghausen goalkeeper Rene Vollath in the 56th minute. Outside of that, neither team created a real chance, and the match went without a goal.
With the tie, Darmstadt fell to seven points back from safety. The Lilies return to action at Rostock next Saturday.
Preußen Münster 0 - 0 SV Wehen Wiesbaden
With Karlsruhe tying and Osnabrück losing, Matt Taylor and Münster missed a grand opportunity to go atop the league standings with a goalless tie against Wiesbaden.
In a match with few goal-scoring opportunities, the Eagles had more of the chances. It took 20 minutes for Münster to create a chance, thanks to a long-ball mentality to start. The Eagles forced Wiesbaden goalkeeper Michael Gurski to make a couple of saves in the 24th and 28th minutes.
Wiesbaden had one of the best opportunities of the match in the 38th minute, when Maciej Zieba had a wide-open net but missed from 18 yards out.
The Eagles' best chance came in the 80th minute from substitute Mehmet Kara. In his first game back with Münster since the end of the 2010-2011, Kara placed a shot from the center of the box that clattered off the left post.
With the tie, Münster pulled into second place and the last direct promotion spot on goal difference. The Eagles return to action on Saturday at Heidenheim.
Steve Cherundolo missed Hannover's 2-0 loss to Bremen on Friday, as he struggles with knee problems.
Michael Parkhurst has yet to make his Augsburg debut, not coming off Augsburg's bench once again in the Fuggerstädter's 1-1 tie with Wolfsburg.
Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich restart their 2.Bundesliga season Monday against third-place team Kaiserslautern.
Joe Gyau came in as an 89th minute substitute for St. Pauli in the team's goalless tie against Cottbus on Saturday.
Due to his recovery from a groin surgery, Royal-Dominique Fennell did not dress for the Stuttgarter Kickers in their derby win over Stuttgart II, 3-0.
Jerome Kiesewetter played the final 29 minutes for Stuttgart II in the loss.