1-0 loss to Frankfurt – S04 eliminated in semi-final
Schalke will not be taking part in the DFB-Pokal final. In the semi-final, Domenico Tedesco’s side were beaten 1-0 on Wednesday evening by Eintracht Frankfurt who will reach their second final in two years. Luka Jovic scored the goal that will see them take on FC Bayern Munich in the Olympiastadion in May.
Pjaca in place of Konoplyanka
After the 2-0 win in the derby, there was only one change to that side as Marko Pjaca came in for Yevhen Konoplyanka.
All square at the break
Both teams were highly motivated in a hard-fought first half. Lots of the play took place in the middle of the park as both teams remained solid.
The best chances came in quick succession. Caligiuri’s deflected shot went narrowly wide after leaving Hradecky in the visitors’ goal stranded. From the resulting corner, Hradecky pulled off an exceptional stop to deny Guido Burgstaller’s header.
Jovic scores the winner
After the break, the second half started much like the first half ended. Chances came for the Knappen as the freshly introduced Yevhen Konoplyanka and Guido Burgstaller forced smart stops from Hradecky.
In the 75th minute, fortune favoured Frankfurt. Luka Jovic connected with Jonathan de Guzman’s corner to give Frankfurt the lead. Guido Burgstaller seemed to have levelled minutes later but his effort was ruled offside.
33 seconds after coming on, Gelson Fernandez was shown red for a late challenge on Leon Goretzka. Schalke fought hard for an equaliser with their man advantage and scored in the 94th minute. However, referee Robert Hartmann disallowed the goal for handball. A controversial and highly questionable decision as it seemed on review to have hit Franco’s chest. Straight after, the referee blew his whistle and Frankfurt were able to celebrate reaching the final.
Köln next up in the league
Schalke have to put the disappointment behind them and get ready to take on 1. FC Köln on Sunday at 18:00 CEST.