S04 win 2-0 in Düsseldorf
The Royal Blues have ended a long week with a 2-0 win in Düsseldorf. Schalke have now won their last three games, having beaten Mainz, Lokomotiv Moscow and Fortuna Düsseldorf this week. The goals in the Merkur Spiel-Arena were scored by Weston McKennie and Guido Burgstaller.
04 changes to the starting XI
Domenico Tedesco made four changes to his side from the 1-0 victory on Wednesday in Moscow. Nabil Bentaleb, Suat Serdar, Franco Di Santo und Guido Burgstaller came in for Sebastian Rudy, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Mark Uth und Breel Embolo.
Raman misses early opportunity
It didn’t take long for the first chance to come in the game, with both teams pushing forwards early on. The best chance fell to Fortuna, with Benito Raman getting clear of the Schalke defence after four minutes. Luckily for S04 he missed the target and the scores stayed level.
After the eventful start, both teams failed to make inroads into their opponent’s boxes, although the game was played with real fight and passion. Both defences were tight and there were a number of free kicks awarded in the first half. Overall, the first half was an even affair, which deservedly ended goalless.
Two quick goals after the break
S04 were much improved at the start of the second half and took the lead just two minutes in. Suat Serdar headed a Franco di Santo back across goal and Weston McKennie was on hand to turn the ball home for 1-0. Just a few minutes later Nabil Bentaleb’s powerful shot was paried by Michael Rensing, but Guido Burgstaller was on hand to hammer the ball emphatically home for 2-0 on 53 minutes.
After Schalke’s double blow the hosts failed to get back into the game for a while. Schalke controlled the play for the remainder of the game and looked likely to get a third goal. It was Alfredo Morales, however, who tested Fährmann from the edge of the box. S04’s captain was equal to the drive though and ensured he kept his third clean sheet in as many games.
Second international break of the season
After three weeks with double fixtures, it will be a period of rest for Tedesco’s men next week as the second international break of the season will take place. Naturally a number of players will be away with their respective nations.
The next Schalke game will take place on 20th October (18:30 CEST) at home against Werder Bremen. A number of tickets are still available for the game.