FC Schalke 04 was also unable to stop Werder Bremen from flying high. After two victories against Mainz and Düsseldorf, the club lost 0:2 (0:1) against the team of coach Florian Kohfeldt on Saturday evening and had to accept a setback in its race to catch up.
Maximilian Eggestein gave the effective brakemen their fifth success in front of 62 271 spectators in the sold-out arena with his goals in the 43rd and 66th minute on the eighth matchday. While Bremen jumped with 17 points to second place behind Borussia Dortmund and can dream of the European Cup, the runner-up is still stuck deep in the basement.
The first bad news for the Schalke fans was before the kick-off. Regular goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann felt groin problems while warming up and had to pass at short notice. “Of course, his retirement hurts, he is an important player and has recently held the zero three times,” said Sky coach Domenico Tedesco. For Fährmann, U21 nationalkeeper Alexander Nübel was between the posts for the third time in the Bundesliga.
In addition, both coaches made two changes each. Tedesco offered Alessandro Schöpf and Amine Harit for Suat Serdar and Franco Di Santo after the 2-0 in Düsseldorf. Milos Veljkovic was in the starting eleven after his suspension at the 2:0 against Wolfsburg and the ex-Dortmunder Nuri Sahin for Sebastian Langkamp and Philipp Bargfrede (thigh problems).
Nuri Sahin Honours
- KNVB Cup: 2007–08
- Bundesliga: 2010–11
- DFL-Supercup: 2013
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2012–13
- La Liga: 2011–12
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2005
- UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden Player: 2005
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Bronze Ball: 2005
- FIFA U-17 World Cup Silver Shoe: 2005
- Bundesliga Player of the Season: 2010–11
- ESM Team of the Year: 2010–11
After three victories in the last three games, the royal blues appeared with more self-confidence. Although the North Germans had more ball possession, they were not able to assert themselves against the attentive defensive of former Bremen player Naldo for a long time, so that Nübel remained largely unemployed. The first good chance was offered to Schalkes Guido Burgstaller (5.), who chased the ball after fine individual performance from a sharp angle but over the Werder goal. Much took place in the midfield, where both teams neutralized each other.
Shortly before the break, the royal blues claimed a penalty because Veljkovic had bounced the ball in the penalty area after Hamza Mendyl had given it to the hand. But referee Christian Dingert was right to let the ball go. A little later, Schalke suffered a setback. Bremen used the first chance for the lead. After a throw-in, the ball came over Max Kruse to Eggestein. And the 21-year-old overcame Nübel with a flat shot into the left corner.
After the change Tedesco brought in new international Mark Uth for left-back Mendyl a second striker to strengthen the offensive. Tedesco’s courage was almost rewarded, but Burgstaller (58th) missed out on a free equal before Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, who was a brilliant parryer,. With the 2:0 by Eggesteins fourth goal of the season the game was decided. In the final phase, Schalke besieged the Bremen goal, but despite a good chance from Naldo (73rd), he was not even able to cheer the following goal. Shortly before the end, Pavlenka steered a header from Uth to the crossbar (88th). Check Wild Slots for more details of their bonuses!