Lewandowski bags a hat trick as Schalke lose 3-0 to Bayern
FC Schalke 04 have lost their first home game of the new season. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick for the visitors to secure a 3-0 win for the reigning Bundesliga champions. Despite the result, the Royal Blues put in a fairly strong performance.
Unchanged starting XI
David Wagner made no changes to the team that drew 0-0 in Mönchengladbach last week. Markus Schubert, a new goalkeeper signed from Dynamo Dresden, was named on the bench for the first time after recovering from a hip problem.
Lewandowski scores from the spot
Schalke started the game well and weren’t intimated by the record German champions early on. Although S04 were arguably the best team in the opening 15 minutes, Bayern almost went ahead after just 17. Robert Lewandowski saw his header tipped round the post by captain Alexander Nübel. Three minutes later, however, Nübel was beaten by his Polish opponent. The leading goalscorer from last season converted a spot kick after Jonjoe Kenny had brought down Kingsley Coman in the area.
Schalke didn’t allow their heads to drop despite going behind, instead pressing Bayern as much as they could. Omar Mascarell had the first chance of the game, although the Spaniard couldn’t direct his long-range effort after 29 minutes. Amine Harit curled one into Manuel Neuer’s arms (42’), before Corentin Tolisso narrowly missed the target just before the half-time whistle for Bayern.
No penalties for Schalke
The second half started in the worst possible way for the Knappen: Robert Lewandowski curled home a free kick from 25 yards out to double Bayern’s lead (50’), leaving Nübel without a chance. This was then followed by several controversial moments. Firstly, Weston McKennie was brought down by Benjamin Pavard in the box, but a foul wasn’t given (55’). Then the Bayern defender looked to have handled the ball in the area after a Nastasic header from a corner, but again nothing came from it. Ivan Perisic then blocked a Daniel Caligiuri free kick in the wall with his arm, however referee Marco Fritz again ignored the protests of the home side. VAR also failed to recognise the potential penalty calls as well.
Schalke continued to push Bayern after this, but couldn’t find a way past Manuel Neuer. Lewandowski then added a third late on after beating Salif Sané and slotting past Nübel from the edge of the box.
Hertha up next
Schalke’s next game is also in the VELTINS-Arena, next Saturday (31/8) against Hertha BSC.