RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Michael Parkhurst made his debut for Augsburg against Mainz, while Timothy Chandler and Nuremburg picked up a road point versus Frankfurt.
Hannover 96 1 - 0 1899 Hoffenheim
Fabian Johnson got the nod in the starting 11 for Hoffenheim coming up short versus Hannover as the Lower Saxons emerged victorious thanks to a Mame Diouf strike.
Just three days after playing all 90 minutes for the US national team, Fabian Johnson put in another full day's work on Saturday; Daniel Williams started the match on the bench before coming on late.
Hannover opened the scoring after just eight minutes had elapsed and had keeper Heurelho Gomes to thank.
Huszti duped Hoffenheim fullback Andreas Beck to get off a cross for Diouf. Gomes came off his line to intercept and missed giving Hannover's Senegalese striker a free crack at goal, which Diouf buried.
Hoffenheim had chances to equalize but were unable to beat Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
With the loss, Hoffenheim remain in 16th place, eight back of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Hoffenheim hosts Stuttgart on Sunday.
Steve Cherundolo missed out again for Hannover due to a knee injury.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 - 0 FC Nürnberg
Timmy Chandler went the distance for Nuremberg, who snagged an impressive result against high-flying Frankfurt.
Nuremberg head coach Michael Wiesinger started Chandler in his usual right back position, where he has started every game this campaign.
Nuremberg had more of the match creating excellent scoring chances in the 22nd, 25th, 27th and 75th minutes, but was denied each time by Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp.
Frankfurt then caught a break in the 37th minute when Sebastian Rode's blatant hand ball in the area went unpunished by referee Christian Dingert.
With the point, Nuremberg now has 25 points and is in 13th place, tied with Stuttgart. Up next for Chandler and Nuremberg is a home date versus Hannover on Sunday.
Bayern Munich 4 - 0 Schalke 04
Jermaine Jones and Schalke had an afternoon to forget as they were dominated in every phase of the match versus Bayern Munich.
Jones put in a full shift in the Schalke midfield for head coach Jens Keller, who had to make do without strikers Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan, midfielder Julian Draxler and defenders Christian Fuchs and Atsuto Uchida.
Bayern took the lead through defender David Alaba in the 18th minute as the Austrian converted from the spot moments after Schalke defender fouled Franck Ribery in the box.
Bastian Schweinsteiger doubled Munich's advantage in the 31st minute via a sublimely taken freekick from 20 yards out curling the ball just inside the left post.
Alaba added his second goal of the match just after the break converting a pass from Mario Gomez from five yards out in the 51st minute.
Mario Gomez got on the scorer's sheet himself in the 63rd minute, as the German profited from the unselfishness of Arjen Robben to slot home into an empty net.
Schalke and Jones take on Mainz on Saturday in their next Bundesliga contest.
FC Augsburg 1 - 1 Mainz 05
Michael Parkhurst came on late in the first half to help Augsburg pick up a point in their fight for top-flight survival.
Parkhurst, who came over during the January transfer period, was brought on in the 43rd minute after Ronny Philip picked up an injury and was unable to continue.
Mainz grabbed the lead just second after Parkhurst entered the match. Junior Diaz sent in a high cross that found its way to Adam Szalai and the Hungarian buried it from close range.
Parkhurst was on the receiving end of Shawn Parker's high boot in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and Parker was shown a straight red for the challenge.
Augsburg secured an equalizer in the 53rd minute as Luc de Jong picked out striker Sascha Mölders five yards from goal and the burly German hit a glancing header past keeper Christian Wetklo.
In the 90th minute Parkhurst was booked for a handball.
Up next for Parkhurst and Augsburg is an away date versus Leverkusen on Saturday.
MSV Duisburg 1 - 3 1860 Munich
Bobby Wood got the start in attack for the Lions grabbing the equalizer in a comeback win over Duisburg.
Head coach Alexander Schmidt handed Wood the start over Rob Friend, who missed out due to injury.
The game's first chance brought about the opener in the ninth minute.
Munich defender Malik Fathi inadvertently played provider for Ranisav Jovanovic, who took advantage of the blunder beating keeper Gabor Kiraly from eight yards with a left-footed shot.
Munich nabbed an equalizer just five minutes later through Wood, who received a pass from Ola Kamara before beating keeper Rolf Müller with an impressive finish with his left.
Duisburg should have regained the lead in the 42nd minute when Kamara handled the ball in the box. Keeper Kiraly, however, stuffed Daniel Brosinski from the spot.
Munich made Duisburg pay for the missed opportunity in the second minute of first-half stoppage time as Daniel Halfar sent in a cross to Kai Bülow, who tapped in from close range.
In the waning minutes of half number two Wood crossed for Moritz Stoppelkamp, who chipped the ball over an onrushing Müller from 20 yards out.
Up next for Wood and Munich is a Friday night home match versus VfL Bochum.
SV Sandhausen 4 - 1 FC Saint Pauli
Andrew Wooten got the start, went the distance and was instrumental as Sandhausen decimated St. Pauli on Sunday.
Sunday's start marked the fourth in a row for Wooten, who was a handful for St. Pauli all afternoon notching an assist and drawing a penalty.
Sandhausen got off to a flying start as they took the lead just three minutes into the contest as Frank Löning found the back of the net with a looping header that just eked past the outstretched arms of St. Pauli keeper Phillip Tschauner.
Sandhausen's lead was two in the 29th minute as David Ulm converted from the sport after Wooten blew past his marker and was subsequently dragged to the ground in the area.
It was 3-0 in the 39th minute as Löning added his second pouncing on Tschauner's failed attempt to corral an otherwise harmless, long-range effort by Julian Schauerte.
Wooten set up Sandhausen's fourth and final goal in the 49th minute with a darting run into the area and then picking out Juho Mäkelä for an easy tap in.
St. Pauli picked up a consolation goal in the 74th minute as Florian Kringe converted a penalty kick after Florian Bruns was tackled inside the box.
Fellow American Joseph Gyau was an unused substitute for St. Pauli.
With the win, Sandhausen now sits in 16th spot with 18 points, three back of VfL Bochum. Up next is an away match versus fellow cellar dwellers Dynamo Dresden.
Matt Taylor was brought on late as Preußen Münster fell to Heidenheim 3-1 in the third German flight.
Preston Zimmerman and Darmstadt saw their match versus Rostock postponed due to inclement weather.