Schalke’s negative streak continues
Hertha striker Wilfried Kanga fired Schalke 04 bottom of the table with his first Bundesliga goal. Hertha BSC secured the first home win of the season and beat the side of Gelsenkirchen, coached by interim coach Matthias Kreutzer, 2-1 (0-0) on Sunday night to close the eleventh day of the Bundesliga . In front of 60,165 spectators in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, Lucas Tousart (49th minute) gave the hosts the lead. Kanga (88th) secured victory for the capital club shortly before the end to cheers.
For Schalke, for whom Florent Mollet (85th) had scored late to equalize, it was the sixth consecutive defeat in competition. The team slipped to last place after former VfL Bochum last beat leaders Union Berlin (2-1). The Hertha team led by Sandro Schwarz, on the other hand, scored again after five games without a win and jumped to 13th place.
Promoted Gelsenkirchen side parted ways with Kramer on Wednesday after just four months following a lackluster start to the season and the important cup defeat at Hoffenheim. The search for a coach continues. « It’s a process, » sporting director Rouven Schröder told DAZN before the game. A new head coach is to be introduced in the new week.
Kreutzer was very sure of himself and approached all the important things very directly, Schröder praised. The 39-year-old, who says he has no ambitions to become boss, has made five changes to the squad since the cup game. Schalke have had a lot of failures, especially defensively. There was a special return for the Berliners: Jean-Paul Boëtius was back in the squad just weeks after his testicular cancer operation, but hasn’t started. Black opted for a two-forward formation. In addition to Stevan Jovetic, Wilfried Kanga has also started.
The new offensive forces draw attention to themselves. Schalke’s Marius Bülter, one of the five newcomers, scored the Miners’ supposed lead with a fine direct acceptance in the 15th minute. However, after review by the video referee, the goal was disallowed for an offside position. The 29-year-old ex-Unioner again fired the ball into the goal for six minutes, but was again offside.
At Hertha, Kanga had good chances early on (2nd and 5th), but the 24-year-old first failed in the final, like in previous weeks. Jovetic was put in the perfect finishing position by winger Dodi Lukebakio in the 26th minute but failed to put the ball on goal from five yards out.
Both teams played forward, it was an open game. Shortly after the half-time break, Tousart attempted a long shot from around 25 yards after a fine attack to the chest. Alexander Schwolow, on loan from Hertha, who has not always looked happy in recent weeks, did not really push the ball tight but cross. He bounced off his body into the goal.
As a result, both teams often didn’t finish their attacks consistently enough. Substitute Marco Richter was missing for Hertha from an acute angle (70th), before things went wrong. French substitute Mollet had Schalke fans cheering with his 16-yard goal and hoping for a win on point. Just three minutes later, Kanga successfully counterattacked.
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