- Schalke 04 conceded a demoralizing 0-7 defeat in the knockout round of the Champions League at Manchester City.
- The result is an ugly mortgage for the relegation battle, the Schalke have to continue on Saturday in the Bundesliga in the home game against Leipzig.
Some Schalke had fears of reunion with a club from Manchester in the Champions League – but it came much worse. The English champions Manchester City showed no mercy with the already half-time hopeless opponents and made it a pleasure to present a target shooting. In the end, a demoralizing 0: 7 defeat came out for the Schalke – an ugly mortgage for the relegation battle, they have to continue on Saturday in the Bundesliga at home game against Leipzig. What the debacle means for coach Domenico Tedesco, to whom the club management had imposed the requirement of a "turnaround", can be easily guessed.
It had not looked bad for the Schalke during the first half hour. In the stands, there were hints of displeasure as the game began to get older. City's passport machine stammered, it accumulated play errors, Schalke began to catch his breath and tentatively ventured forward. By then, the guests had been able to hold their own with a disciplined outsider match. Without the short-term failing Matija Nastasic (bruise) held the five-chain to defender Salif Sané the constant pressure of the English champion reasonably stable.
However, own offensive actions were usually resolutely prevented within a few seconds. While Guido Burgstaller, the lonely outpost in the Storm Center, lost all his duels, Yevgen Konolyanka on the wing was largely cut off from the action – the "cautious offensive" proclaimed by Domenico Tedesco remained a wishful thinking.
But it took a controversial decision of the French referee to get the ball rolling. A hard duel between defender Jeffrey Bruma and Bernardo Silva, the referee evaluated as an offense. Sergio Agüero converted the penalty (35.). After that, there was no stopping: Agüero and Sané set the break of 3: 0, the game had gone. But to the chagrin of Schalke not over yet. Silva, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus inflicted further blows on the oppressive opponent.