German football

FC Schalke 04 – Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0: Brutal Nübel foul overshadows Schalke victory – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


With his fourth goal in the fourth game in a row, Benito Raman Schalke 04 has taken a step further on his way back to the European Cup. The Belgian led the Royal Blues to a deserved 1-0 (0-0) victory over Eintracht Frankfurt's marathon footballers. Gelsenkirchener, who had to play numbered after the red card of goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (66th), thus claimed fourth place ahead of record champions Bayern Munich.

The Hessians, who already have 1,080 minutes left, slipped to twelfth after just one point from the last five Bundesliga matches. It was already the 29th game of the season for the Frankfurt team, which fortunately had reached the middle round of the Europa League last Thursday.

Schalke dominated the game until termination and had a clearer chance to score. However, they only managed to take advantage of their benefits over the stressed guests after the breakthrough through Raman (53rd). Nübel saw the red card after a completely unnecessary and brutal emergency brake against Mijat Gacinovic.

The Frankfurt man had to get injured and was taken to the hospital during the game. As Eintracht announced on Sunday night, the 24-year-old received a "serious rib mark", he is "by the circumstances, but as far as good".

"Everyone who knows Alex knows he doesn't do it on purpose. He is totally sorry for me," Schalke midfielder Daniel Caligiuri said after the match Cloud and at the same time praised the fighting spirit of his team: "We fought really well."