Simons spot on for Nurnberg

Timmy Simons converted two first-half 1 win at Cologne on Sunday.

Simons scored both goals from the spot just a few minutes apart with the first arriving just after the half-hour mark when Cologne's Pedro Geromel fouled Markus Feulner inside the area.

Geromel then handed Simons another opportunity from the spot when he fouled Tomas Pekhart inside the box, and again Simons made no mistake.

Cologne battled back with a goal in the 38th minute to cut its deficit in half when Adil Chihi found the back of the net with a left-footed shot, and things got even better for the hosts a few minutes later when Nurnberg was reduced to 10 men as Pekhart picked up his second yellow card.

But despite playing a man up, Cologne failed to capitalize and Miso Brecko's red card for the hosts 15 minutes from time evened up the numbers.

Nurnberg has won two straight games after losing back-to-back matches while Cologne has lost three of its first five games this season.

Wolfsburg 2, Schalke 1

Wolfsburg, Germany - Mario Mandzukic tallied two goals, including the winner in the 82nd minute, to lead Wolfsburg to a 2-1 win over Schalke at the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday.

Schalke entered the match having won its last three games, and got off to a great start with Raul finishing off a pass from Jefferson Farfan in the 13th minute to put the visitors ahead.

Mandzukic provided the equalizer midway through the opening half when he headed home a cross from Rasmus Jonsson from close range.

The game was tied at 1-1 entering the final 10 minutes, but a free kick eight minutes from time provided the difference as Marcel Schafer drove a low shot toward goal that was deflected by Mandzukic, leaving Wolfsburg goalkeeper Marvin Hitz with no chance.