Simon Terodde one goal away from the all-time 2. Bundesliga record

With his 151st and 152nd second-tier goals last night, Simon Terodde secured the three points for FC Schalke 04 away to Hansa Rostock (2-0). The striker is now just one goal away from equaling the all-time goalscoring record in the 2. Bundesliga, set by Dieter Schatzschneider, who netted 153 times between 1978 and 1987.

Terodde even came close to equaling the record in Rostock on Saturday (25/9), heading a Thomas Ouwejan free-kick onto the post in the 57th minute. His first goal, after 41 minutes, came almost completely out of the blue. “I lost the ball almost every time I touched it in the first half and I wasn’t in the game,” said a self-critical Terodde.

Thomas whips them in like that in training, I just have to get my head in the right place to get on the end of them.

Simon Terodde

Despite a quiet first 41 minutes, he was in the right place at the right time to head in the opening goal. “It was a brilliant assist by Thomas Ouwejan, and Marius Bülter’s flick to him before the cross was also really good,” praised the 33-year-old. The move for the goal was no coincidence, according to Terodde. “Thomas whips them in like that in training, I just have to get my head in the right place to get on the end of them. I know where I need to be, and I just benefit from great crosses.”

The striker then added a second goal shortly after the break. Mehmet Can Aydin cleverly squared the ball across the six-yard box for him to easily convert. “Memo did great there. He could have shot himself, but decided to play it to me.” His second in Rostock was already his 10th league goal of the season – in just his eighth game!

Goal number 153 on the cards against Ingolstadt

Even though he scored twice and Schalke secured the win, Terodde wasn’t entirely satisfied with the way the game went. “It was real hard work, especially in the first half. Rostock put us under a lot of pressure and we weren’t near our best. We were lucky to be 1-0 up at the break,” commented the attacker. However, he thought the Royal Blues improved in the second period.

His next chance to equal Schatzschneider’s record will come on Sunday (3/10, 13:30 CEST) at home against FC Ingolstadt 04.

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