FC Schalke 04 missed the first R’ckschlag in the title race for the round-opener of the Bundesliga Borussia Mönchengladbach.
After the 2-0 (0-0) in the fast-paced top-flight game on Friday night, the team of coach David Wagner could now even intervene in the most exciting championship fight in years. With goals from national team player Suat Serdar (48th minute) and winter newcomer Michael Gregoritsch (58th), the Kunigsblauen moved past arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in fourth place with 33 points.
“That’s how you get it and you want to get there,” Gregoritsch said on “ZDF.” The surprisingly strong Gladbachers were beaten with their own weapons by passionate Schalkern at the start of the 18th matchday: Frhes attacking, high running readiness and great aggressiveness in the two-fight.
“We are very disented. We are not good enough today, Schalke were clearly better,” Gladbach’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer told ZDF. “Too little penetration in the offensive” analyzes Jonas Hofmann, but warned against “talking everything badly now”. Should FC Bayern win at Hertha BSC on Sunday, the Gladbachers would fall to third place. In two weeks, the Rheinlunder will compete with the autumn champions RB Leipzig.
Gladbach will “continue”
“The Bundesliga is tight. We move on. This is not the time to discuss goals,” Sommer said on DAZN. Schalke can still enter the title race with a positive result next week at FC Bayern. At least the break in the Champions League seems like a strong performance. “We’re up there, it’s a shamsituation,” Gregoritsch said.
In front of 62,271 spectators in the sold-out Schalker Arena, a h-chst entertaining duel develops from the beginning, in which whistles or expressions of displeasure of the fans against the Schalker goalkeeper Alexander N’bel, who left for Bayern after the season, are absent.
The ex-captain sa-because of his red lock on the Tribon and saw an overdue performance of his deputies and designated successor s Markus Schubert. He was in the spotlight in the 5th minute when he responsively steered a shot from Gladbach’s Alassane Plea. After his kung fu action against Frankfurt’s Mijat Gacinovic, Nebel still has to watch in the next game at Bayern – but some fans demand that the 23-year-old should never play Fer Schalke again.
Schubert showed an unexcited performance in the first half, but was asked only little. When he was beaten after a header by Marcus Thuram, Gregoritsch saved on the line (37th). From Patrick Herrmann does not overwit Schubert from a short distance (45th). Until the break whistle from referee Deniz Aytekin, the Gladbachers’ only three scoring chances remained.
Summer prevents henieder
Schalke had more of the game – but Gladbach’s best goalkeeper Yann Sommer, a win against Gregoritsch (6th), Alessandro Schupf (16th) and Benito Raman (28th) a miserable R-back. A few minutes after the change of sides, however, the Swiss national goalkeeper was beaten. After playing Gregoritsch, Serdar ran relatively untroubled towards the Borussen goal and was not defensive on his seventh goal of the season. The fuhrungstor was scored by the Schalkers, who scored for the visitors, who scored 2-0 in the first half.
After winning the ball in his own penalty area, Serdar already matched Raman, who crossed unselfishly on Gregoritsch. In his first mandatory game fer Konigsblau, the ‘sterreicher scored his first goal. Gladbach’s coach Marco Rose brought Florian Neuhaus for Herrmann (59th). After his submission Thuram had the chance to score, but Schubert fended off (71st). Before the four-minute replay, Gregoritsch was allowed to enjoy the well-deserved applause of the fans when he was substituted – his team-mates defended souveron’s 2-0 success.