Third game, third defeat – the false start of runner-up Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga is perfect. Three days before their return to the Champions League, the team of coach Domenico Tedesco was defeated by Borussia Mönchengladbach with 1: 2 (0: 1) and thus botched the dress rehearsal for the game against FC Porto on Tuesday.
National team players Matthias Ginter (3rd) and Patrick Herrmann (76th) scored in the Gladbacher's second win of the season, who set themselves with seven points in the pursuit field of the leader Bayern München. Substitute Breel Embolo shortened (90. + 3) with a massive shot in the angle.
In front of 54,022 spectators in the sold out Gladbacher stadium, the hosts caught a flash start. Ginter headed into the lead by Jonas Hofmann. Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri was doing a poor job.
The early lead inspired the team of coach Dieter Hecking. With a lot of speed, a few successful combinations and changes of positions, the five-time German champions presented Schalker's defensive problems. Lucky was Schalke new signing Hamza Mendyl. After a foul on Nico Elvedi, he could have seen the yellow-red card on his Bundesliga debut (23.). Tedesco reacted immediately and brought Alessandro Schöpf for Mendyl.
Afterwards, the guests made the match more open, and both teams had good chances. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann parried against Thorgan Hazard (29) and Alassane Plea (37) strong, Gladbach Yann summer prevented Salif Sane (33) and Mark Uth (43) the possible compensation. Uth also forgave after a mistake by Tony Jantschke (41).
At the beginning of the second round, the Gladbacher did more difficult in the game structure. Schalke now stood higher and forced the pressing. The Borussia made more and more ball losses.
National player Sebastian Rudy was now in his second game for the Schalke together with Nabil Bentaleb endeavor to give the game of the guests more peace and structure, which at least partially succeeded. Despite increasing superiority, the guests but hard to earn chances. The last pass often did not arrive.
Gladbach did not play offensively until a header from Denis Zakaria (65 '). Tedesco joined U21 internationals Cedric Teuchert and Breel Embolo two offensive players (67). But the Schalke game was still lacking in accuracy and penetration. At Gladbach the strong Hofmann hit only the outer post before Herrmann increased to 2: 0.
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From the stadium of Matthias Schmid