In the home debut of the new coach Manuel Baum, Schalke and the “Iron” parted with 1: 1. For the “Knappen” it was the first point win after three defeats, but across all seasons the team is now 20 games without a win. After all, Schalke gave the “Red Lantern” to Mainz 05.
“One step forward”
Marvin Friedrich brought Urs Fischer’s visiting team into the lead in the 55th minute of the game, while substitute Goncalo Paciencia (69th) saved the draw for Schalke. “We are not in a good situation”said the Schalke goalscorer on Sky: “It’s a long way. Today we got a point, that’s a step forward. We have to see the positive – we deserve the point.” Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe said: “Right now it feels like we’ve given away two points.”
Baum made six changes in his starting eleven compared to the game in Leipzig – also due to injury. Frederik Rönnow, Kilian Ludewig, Benito Raman, Vedad Ibisevic, Steven Skrzybski and Can Bozdogan played for Ralf Fährmann, Benjamin Stambouli, Alessandro Schöpf, Suat Serdar, Goncalo Pacienca and Mark Uth. For the 20-year-old Ludewig it was the first competitive game for Schalke and the Bundesliga premiere. Union coach Fischer decided in goal for Luthe, access Loris Karius took a seat on the bench. In addition, Joel Pohjanpalo was allowed to play in the storm from the start.
Union one stronger at half time
Both teams got down to business in front of 300 spectators in Gelsenkirchen right from the start. Lots of tough duels in midfield caused plenty of emotions – a lot of work for referee Patrick Ittrich. But it took more than 20 minutes until the first clear scoring chance – and Union had it three times. First Marius Bülter put a header just over the goal, then Schalke’s goalkeeper Rönnow initially fended off a shot from Grischa Prömel from close range and then parried a long shot from Robert Andrich.
Schalke pale on the offensive
As a result, Union took over the command more and more, Schalke tried hard but hardly took place on the offensive. The only nominal tip of Ibisevic hung in the air. In the 30th minute, Raman tried a long-range shot, but it was deflected. Otherwise, Schalke had no offensive solutions against well-adjusted Berliners. The “Royal Blues” kept the “Iron” away from their own goal, which was probably the declared goal after conceding 15 goals in three games.
At the start of the second half, however, Rönnow was the focus again, who in the 47th minute strongly defused a shot by Christopher Lenz from close range. Schalke still did not do better in forward gear. The uncertainty in the offensive game was noticeable in the “Knappen”. There was no automatism, standards remained harmless.
Meet Friedrich and Paciencia
The Unioners patiently looked for their chances and got them. In the 55th minute, Christopher Trimmel put a cross on the head of Marvin Friedrich, who hit the goal with a force. Schalke had previously not been able to clear a corner far enough. Rönnow didn’t look too good when he conceded and would have preferred to stay on the line.
Schalke reacted angry, put pressure on. In the 68th minute Skrzybski failed to goalkeeper Luthe, a little later the substitute Goncalo Paciencia made it better, who scored 1-1 after a corner into the near corner.
Schalke signs of life before the derby
With a wider chest, the Baum team consequently sought the way forward more consistently. In the 82nd minute, Christopher Trimmel deflected an Omar Mascarell shot into a corner. But it was no longer enough for Schalke’s long-awaited victory. The 1: 1 was after all a sign of life after three bankruptcies with 1:15 goals. For the Berliners it was the second away point in a row after the 1-1 draw in Mönchengladbach. In the table, Union climbed to tenth place.
FC Schalke have to play the derby at Borussia Dortmund on the next match day, Union Berlin will then expect SC Freiburg at home.
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