1-0 win in Freiburg puts Schalke fourth
FC Schalke 04 got their third away win of the season as Danel Caligiuri netted against his former side in the 62nd minute to get the win. The three points at the Schwarzwald-Stadion move Schalke into fourth place.
Two changes to the starting XI
Domenico Tedesco made two changes to the starting XI that drew 1-1 against VfL Wolfsburg. Weston McKennie and Yevhen Konoplyanka came into the fray in place of Nabil Bentaleb and Amine Harit who were on the bench.
Woodwork hit thrice in first half
Schalke found it difficult to begin with against a well-organised Freiburg side. It wasn’t until 25 minutes in before Schalke generated a solid chance on goal as Yevhen Konoplyanka’s chip hit the post. At the other end, Nils Petersen and Bartosz Kapustka both hit the upright in what was a tense and even first 45 minutes of football.
Caligiuri scores against his former side
After the referee blew his whistle for the start of the second half, Schalke became the dominant side and that was reflected in the scoreline in the 62nd minute. Schalke’s opener – and what would turn out to be the winner – had a hint of fortune behind it. Daniel Caligiuri’s strike from the edge of the penalty area took a deflection off Christian Günter to wrong foot SC Freiburg goalkeeper, Alexander Schwolow. The hosts pushed in the last half an hour to get an equaliser but were unable to get past a resolute Schalke backline with Ralf Fährmann especially impressing in goal. The Royal Blues defended solidly and did not allow a repeat of last weekend where Wolfsburg equalised in the dying minutes.
The international break is on the horizon
Schalke’s next game takes place on Sunday November 19th at 15:30 CEST in the Veltins Arena against Hamburger SV. Beforehand, the final international break of the calendar year will take place which will once again include a number of the Royal Blues being in action for their respective nations.