Matthias Ginter (3rd minute) and Patrick Herrmann (77th) sealed their deserved success in front of 54,022 spectators in Borussia-Park, which put Gladbach in the top third with seven points. Breel Embolo scored in the third minute of injury time for Schalke.
For the club, which lost three times in a row for the first time in the 33-year-old coach’s tenure, it was another bitter setback at the beginning of the English Weeks and the Champions League opening on Tuesday against FC Porto.
“Gladbach almost rolled over us at the beginning. But in the course of time it was already good. It’s a bit far away that we had so many chances in terms of quality and quantity,” said S04 coach Domenico Tedesco and goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann, adding: “When it comes, it’s a big thing. In the front we don’t make the chances clean, in the back it’s not defended quite as well. We’ll have to work our way out quickly.”
Borussia coach Dieter Hecking made three changes after the 1:1 in Augsburg. Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Alassane Plea, who made his debut at the start, joined the team for Jordan Beyer, Florian Neuhaus and Raffael (calf problems). Schalke’s defeats in Wolfsburg (1:2) and against Hertha (0:2) meant that four players had to give way. For Jewgeni Konopljanka (red ban), Abdul Rahman Baba, Breel Embolo and Weston McKennie, Tedesco centre-back Matija Nastasic (after red ban), Franco Di Santo, Guido Burgstaller and newcomer Hamza Mendyl brought.
Breel Embolo Honours
- Swiss Super League: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- U16 Swiss Champion: 2011–12, 2012–13
- FC Basel Young Player of the Year: 2013
The Gladbachers caught a lightning start. Already after the first corner they were in front. National player Ginter climbed higher than Daniel Caligiuri after the entry of Jonas Hofmann and left Schalke’s keeper Ralf Fährmann no chance per head. “There are always special games in the derby. Schalke seems to suit me,” said Ginter, who has already scored against Schalke three times.
With the lead in her back, Borussia continued to set the tone. Schalke looked like he did last time in the game. Tedesco’s demand for a quick game into the top did not take place, Di Santo could not solve the problem in the offensive headquarters either.
In addition, the defense appeared insecure. Moroccan Mendyl was completely overtaxed and overmotivated at his debut in Schalke dress. After a foul on Hazard, he had already been warned and two minutes later went into a duel with Elvedi. Referee Manuel Gräfe showed mercy on the referee, but Tedesco immediately took the yellow-red endangered Mendyl from the field after the action (25th) and brought the Austrian Alessandro Schöpf.
Salif Sané, who rescued Plea (26th) in a state of emergency, and Fährmann, who had made brilliant parades with a long-range shot from Hazard (29th) and a Plea header (37th), prevented a higher deficit until the break. Schalke’s best chance to equalise with a header from Sané (33rd) to Sebastian Rudy’s corner, Yann Sommer thwarted the reaction quickly. Mark Uth had the 1:1 on his foot twice (40./43.) for the now more committed team.
Schalke intensified the pressure after the change, but more than one because of offside (50th) rightly not recognized goal of Uth did not jump out at first. The Gladbachers lurked now for counterattacks, could their brilliant home series against Schalke with now five wins in the past six game, but with luck and skill expand. Hofmann (73.), who only hit the post, could have already increased to 2:0. This was then done by the substitute Herrmann. Spin Station doesn’t only offer mobile accessibility but as well as desktop access.