Friday, November 29, 2019
With a late goal by Suat Serdar, Schalke 04 has disenchanted the daredevil Union Berlin and settled on a European Cup. The Royal Blues defeated the Bundesliga freshman with much effort 2: 1 (1: 1), but missed the jump to the top of the table. A victory with four goals difference would have been necessary to climb back to first place for the first time since April 2010 – at least for one night. "These are of course super victories," said Schalke's licensing team boss Sascha Riether at DAZN: "The way we played in the second half was very enjoyable." Goalkeeper Alexander Nübel was also satisfied: "The victory is doing very well, we are not looking at the table, we believed it and deserved to win 2: 1." Benito Raman (23 ') and Serdar (86') finished with their goals the series of three draws in the home arena.
After the fifth game in a row without defeat, the Schalke jumped for the time being in second place and proved in the second half that they had learned from the lost wins against relegation candidates 1 FC Cologne and Fortuna Dusseldorf. Marcus Ingvartsen had compensated with a controversial penalty in the meantime for the strong climber (36).
Schalke boss Clemens Tönnies took his place on the VIP grandstand for the first time after the racism scandal. The chairman of the royal blue board had himself imposed a three-month suspension after his heavily criticized statements about Africans, which expired a good three weeks ago. He saw a weak start of the hosts: goalkeeper Alexander Nübel played in his own penalty the Berlin Marcus Ingvartsen the ball in the feet, defender Matija Nastasic saved in dire need (4th). Union, according to Schalke coach David Wagner "the league leaders of the last five games" began confident and courageous and had by Marius Bülter equal next opportunity (6).
Union meets after controversial penalty
Schalke took a good 20 minutes to get into the match against the unpleasant opponent. The first chance took Raman immediately with a remarkable shot in the angle to the lead. On the other hand, Nübel made up for his mistake from the early stages when he parried a header from Sebastian Andersson (29). He was powerless in the highly controversial penalty from Ingvartsen. Robert Andrich had gone down in a duel with Nastasic, referee Daniel Schlager (Hügelsheim) did not consult the video evidence.
After the break, the hosts reinforced their attack efforts and put more and more pressure on Berlin. However, it was rarely dangerous for Union keeper Rafal Gikiewicz, but the goalkeeper missed out on a long-range shot from Serdar.
The longtime Unioner Steven Skrzybski, who had fulfilled a "childhood dream" with the change to Schalke a year and a half ago, was missing his reunion with his old love. The 27-year-old, this season without a single Bundesliga minute, had to pass due to an infection. For the injured striker Mark Uth (adductor problems) moved the Americans Weston McKennie in the starting eleven. For the Berlin, with the ex-Schalke Marvin Friedrich in central defense, Andrich had returned to the team after his yellow suspension, Bülter replaced in the attack Anthony Ujah.