Schalke Thrash Paderborn As Freiburg Overtake Hoffenheim In Bundesliga

Schalke’s French midfielder Amine Harit (L) celebrates scoring with his team-mate Spanish midfielder Omar Mascarell during the German first division Bundesliga football match Paderborn v Schalke 04 in Paderborn, western Germany on September 15, 2019. Friso Gentsch / dpa / AFP

 

David Wagner urged his Schalke side to put the past behind them after they beat Paderborn 5-1 on Sunday, while Freiburg moved up to third in the Bundesliga with a derby win at Hoffenheim.

Schalke, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, tore through Paderborn in a frenzy of goals at the end of the second half to pick up their second win of the season and move up to sixth in the table.

“It’s a new season, and I can only ask the boys to look forward,” said Wagner.

Goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel said that new coach Wagner had “cleared the heads” of the Schalke players.

“We are playing much more freely now,” he told Sky.

Brazilian midfielder Cauly gave Paderborn an early lead, picking out the top corner with a looping header to celebrate his 24th birthday with a goal.

Schalke were then denied several times by Paderborn keeper Jannik Huth before Salif Sane headed them level on 33 minutes.

Suat Serdar completed the turnaround just after the break, firing in a loose ball at the edge of the area to put Schalke ahead.

English full-back Jonjoe Kenny set up the third with a marauding run from deep, eventually cutting the ball back for Harit to slot it into the bottom corner.

Ahmed Kutucu added a fourth on the counter-attack seven minutes from time, before setting up Harit minutes later to complete the rout.

 Freiburg overtake Bayern 

Earlier on Sunday, Freiburg midfielder Janik Haberer hailed a “great day” for the Bundesliga minnows as they beat neighbours Hoffenheim 3-0 to continue their dream start to the season.

“It is a great day for us and our fans, it is always special to win a derby,” said Haberer, who joined Nils Petersen and Christian Guenter on the scoresheet.

The win leaves Freiburg in third and sees them leapfrog perennial champions Bayern Munich, who were held to a 1-1 draw at league leaders RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Freiburg were ruthless in the first half and deserved their two-goal lead at the break.

Guenter swept in the opener after a darting run in from the left wing on 11 minutes, and Petersen had a goal ruled out for offside shortly before the half-hour mark.

Haberer doubled the lead on 38 minutes, picking out the bottom corner brilliantly from the edge of the area.

Hoffenheim, who had shown only flashes of danger in the first half, were caught napping when an unmarked Petersen poached the third goal on the hour.

Christian Streich’s side have now won three of their opening four games, with only Bayern and Borussia Dortmund having scored more goals so far.

“Our primary goal is still just to avoid relegation, but it is a great feeling to be so high up the table,” Haberer told Sky.

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Lewandowski Hits Hat-Trick As Bayern Beat Schalke

Schalke’s German goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel fails to save the free kick from Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (not in picture) during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 FC Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on August 24, 2019. UWE KRAFT / AFP

 

Hat-trick hero Robert Lewandowski hailed the strength of Bayern Munich’s squad after securing a 3-0 victory over Schalke on Saturday, as new signing Philippe Coutinho made his Bundesliga debut for the German giants.

“Our squad is optimal now. We brought two good players on in the second half today, and we need that because we play a lot of games over the season,” Lewandowski told Sky.

Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona, replaced Thomas Mueller in the 57th minute, coming on alongside fellow debutant Ivan Perisic with Bayern already two goals up.

“I am very happy to be here. The football here is very intense, and I have only been here for three or four days, so I need to work hard,” Coutinho told Sky.

Bayern, who have not lost to Schalke in the league since 2010, took the lead from a penalty on 20 minutes.

English right-back Jonjoe Kenny, on loan to Schalke from Everton, clattered into the back of Kingsley Coman, and Lewandowski slotted home from 12 yards to score against Schalke for the ninth game in a row.

The Polish striker then curled in a spectacular free-kick to double the lead just after half-time.

A resurgent Schalke had several handball penalty appeals turned down as Bayern struggled to maintain control in the second half.

Yet Lewandowski killed the game off 15 minutes from time, slipping away from marker Salif Sane to complete the seventh Bundesliga hat-trick of his career.

“The expectations are always growing, but I always try to get better,” said Lewandowski.

 Hoffenheim win five-goal thriller

Everton loanee Kenny was not the only unfortunate Englishman on Saturday, as an own-goal from youth international Lewis Baker sent Bayer Leverkusen on their way to a 3-1 win over Fortuna Duesseldorf earlier in the day.

Chelsea loanee Baker turned a Kevin Volland cross into his own net after just six minutes.

Charles Aranguiz and Karim Bellarabi added two more in a stylish first-half performance from Champions League qualifiers Leverkusen.

Yet Volland bemoaned his side’s lapse in concentration after Alfredo Morales grabbed a consolation goal for Duesseldorf.

“We deserved to win but we are not at 100 percent. Otherwise we would have kept a clean sheet,” he said.

Werder Bremen still have no points from their opening two games after they lost a five-goal thriller to Hoffenheim.

The home side looked comfortable after second-half goals from Ermin Bicakcic and Ihlas Bebou had cancelled out Niclas Fuellkrug’s opener and Bremen had a player sent off.

Yet Yuya Osako drew the visitors level with a slaloming run and fine finish before Pavel Kaderabek’s header three minutes from time sealed a 3-2 win for Hoffenheim.

New Borussia Moenchengladbach boss Marco Rose celebrated his first three points as goals from Stefan Lainer, Alassane Plea and Breel Embolo saw his side come from behind to beat Mainz 3-1.

Freiburg, who thrashed Mainz 3-0 last weekend, picked up a second win in two as they beat promoted side Paderborn 3-1.

Goals from Luca Waldschmidt, Nils Petersen and South Korea’s Chang-Hoon Kwon secured the win after Streli Mamba had given Paderborn an early lead.

Sebastian Andersson scored Union Berlin’s first ever Bundesliga goal, cancelling out Ruben Vargas’ opener to secure a 1-1 draw with his late equaliser at Augsburg.

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Schalke Suspend Chairman Over Racist Comment

Schalke’s supervisory board chairman Clemens Toennies is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 v RB Leipzig in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. 
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German Bundesliga club Schalke has suspended chairman Clemens Toennies for three months following widespread condemnation of racist comments he made last week.

The club’s five-strong ethics committee, in a statement late Tuesday, accused Toennies of having “violated the ban on discrimination contained in the club’s statutes” after a lengthy meeting in which Toennies had to explain himself.

But the body dismissed the accusation of racism as “unfounded” and consequently spared him the heavier sanction of dismissing him.

The 63-year-old has been sharply criticised for saying more power stations should be built in Africa, “then Africans would stop felling trees and producing children when it gets dark”.

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The billionaire businessman made the remark at a forum in the northwestern city of Paderborn on Thursday while criticising tax increases to fight climate change.

On social media, numerous Schalke fans and former players demanded his resignation as chairman of the club’s supervisory board, while senior figures in German football and politics have condemned his comment.

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht called on the German Football Association (DFB) to “deal” with Toennies.

“Racism must be loudly and clearly contradicted” at every opportunity,” the politician told the Funke media group.

“Nowhere is integration as successful and quick to work as in sport – that must not be put at risk.”

Toennies apologised for his “inappropriate” words on Sunday, insisting he backs Schalke’s values against “racism, discrimination and exclusion”.

The comments are a distraction for Schalke, under new head coach David Wagner, who start their league season at Borussia Moenchengladbach on August 17.

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Man City Thrash Schalke To Reach Champions League Quarter Finals

Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (C) celebrates with teammates Leroy Sane (L) and David Silva (R) after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match against Schalke 04 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 12, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Manchester City thrashed Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday to romp into the Champions League quarter-finals and keep their quadruple bid alive.

City had snatched two late goals to win the first leg 3-2 and they made the most of that fightback with a ruthless demolition job at the Etihad Stadium to clinch a 10-2 last-16 aggregate victory.

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Sergio Aguero’s penalty opened the scoring in the 35th minute and the Argentine forward netted again soon afterward before Leroy Sane, who also contributed three assists, struck against his former club.

Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all scored after the interval to complete City’s biggest home win in the Champions League.

Guardiola’s side, who lifted the League Cup in February, remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple, sitting one point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League before this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea.

“After the first goal ,we played at a good level. We were serious and we did the job,” Guardiola said.

“In the last 15 minutes of the first half and in the second half we were incredible. We were playing quick, dynamic in the transitions and we scored goals.”

This emphatic victory was the joint-biggest ever Champions League knockout stage win but won’t linger long in the memory given Schalke’s total lack of resistence.

Twice a Champions League winner as Barcelona boss, Guardiola claimed this week that City are “teenagers” in the competition compared to the more established European powers.

They have never won the Champions League, with their best performance a semi-final appearance in 2016 under Guardiola’s predecessor Manuel Pellegrini.

But City are one of the favourites to claim the trophy after Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain crashed out and, on this evidence, Guardiola’s players are up for the challenge of showing they are more mature than he believes.

“When I say we are a teenager team it doesn’t mean we are not going to fight,” Guardiola said.

“The ‘teenagers’ have passion and desire, they are not scared. We are going to try.

“I won it twice but I lost seven times. People say you have to win (the trophy), but in one game you can lose against these incredible top sides. We will see how far we will get.”

Amid reports he is in danger of being sacked, Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco admitted it was the worst result of his reign.

“I’m extremely disappointed. We fell apart. It was the worst we’ve had here since I was coach,” he said.

“Of course it hurts. It’s difficult when you lose 7-0 to stand here. The next couple of weeks are going to be difficult.”

 Floodgates opened 

Guardiola’s men monopolised possession and their territorial dominance finally paid off 10 minutes before the break.

Ilkay Gundogan clipped a pass into the Schalke penalty area and Jeffrey Bruma bundled over Bernardo, with the spot-kick awarded after being checked by VAR.

Aguero stepped up to nonchalantly chip the penalty down the middle as Ralf Fahrmann dived the wrong way.

That opened the floodgates as Aguero quickly put the result beyond doubt three minutes later.

Sterling was the provider as he raced onto Gundogan’s pass and pulled the ball back to Aguero, who squeezed his shot past Fahrmann from a tight angle for his 27th goal of the season.

An interminable VAR delay of several minutes while Sterling was confirmed as onside drew more boos from City fans.

But they were celebrating again in the 42nd minute.

This time it was Sane who ripped open the shambolic Schalke defence, the German winger sent clear on goal by Oleksandr Zinchenko before driving a clinical strike into the far corner.

City were streets ahead of Schalke in every phase of the game and Sterling maintained his sublime form with a cool finish from Sane’s majestic pass in the 56th minute.

Bernardo made it five in the 71st minute, netting with a first-time shot from Sane’s pass.

There was still time for Foden to bag his first Champions League goal as the young midfielder took Sane’s pass and slotted home in the 78th minute.

Jesus beat Fahrmann’s weak attempted save with six minutes left to complete City‘s perfect evening.

UEFA Champions League leading scorers after Tuesday’s matches:

8 goals: Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

6 goals: Marega (FC Porto), Messi (Barcelona), Tadic (Ajax)

5 goals: Aguero (Manchester City), Dybala (Juventus), Dzeko (Roma), Kane (Tottenham), Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Neymar (Paris SG)

4 goals: Benzema (Real Madrid), Ronaldo (Juventus), Jesus (Manchester City), Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Icardi (Inter Milan), Mbappe (Paris SG), Sane (Manchester City)

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Man City Must Learn From Schalke Scare – Guardiola

Manchester City’s Spanish coach Josep Guardiola waits before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

 

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not challenge for this season’s Champions League title unless they learn from their dramatic 3-2 win at Schalke with 10 men on Wednesday.

“We will not go far in this competition unless we improve,” said City manager Guardiola.

“At the end, the quality of (Leroy) Sane and (Raheem) Sterling made the difference.

“The result is incredibly good, but we gave the first two penalties away and the red card, so we are not ready to fight for the Champions League.”

City were in real trouble at 2-1 down with 22 minutes left when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off before goals by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in the last five minutes swung the last 16 tie back in their favour.

Schalke led at the break as the video assistant referee (VAR) twice intervened to award penalties, both converted by Nabil Bentaleb, cancelling out Sergio Aguero’s opener in Gelsenkirchen.

READ ALSO: Sane ‘Sorry’ For Stunning Free-Kick Against Ex-Club Schalke

Sane, who came on for the last 12 minutes, drilled home a stunning free-kick to equalise and was delighted to score against his old club having joined City from Schalke in 2016.

“I wanted to shoot from that position as I have already scored from there and the goal gave us confidence, which set us up to win,” said the Germany international.

“We did not get start well, but I’m glad we won and getting three goals away is good.”

City still have some work to do in the return leg on March 12 with Fernandinho, who was booked when conceding the second spot-kick, and Otamendi both suspended.

Guardiola backs VAR 

Despite a lengthy delay of over three minutes, after a technical error meant the match referee could not check Otamendi’s handball for the first Schalke penalty, Guardiola said he is a fan of VAR.

“The VAR needs time, they will improve, the screen was broken, next time they will be better,” said Guardiola.

“I support the technology because they (referees) need the help.”

Guardiola’s main gripe with his side’s heroic display was that they leaked two goals despite Schalke only having two shots on target over 90 minutes.

“They hardly shot a goal on target and they got two goals, so we have some work to do,” said the Spaniard.

“To go away and score three goals, I am delighted, but it’s not enough at this level.

“We gave them the opportunities to be in the game and we have to improve on that.”

Overall, the City boss took more positives than negatives from the last-gasp win.

“Maybe it will help us, the result is incredible – if you had told me we would score three goals away, I would have signed for that straight away,” said Guardiola.

“I’m delighted, we showed personality – but we gave them options to be in the game.”

After leading the Premier League leaders and being on the verge of a famous European victory, Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco could barely hide his frustration.

“A 3-2 (loss) is definitely disappointing,” said Tedesco, whose Schalke side sit just above the Bundesliga relegation places.

“It is important we learn from this.

“We made two goals, even if they were penalties.

“We just need to be cleverer in certain situations.”

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Sane ‘Sorry’ For Stunning Free-Kick Against Ex-Club Schalke

Schalke’s German goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann can’t stop a goal by Manchester City’s German midfielder Leroy Sane during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP

 

Leroy Sane admits feeling ‘sorry’ for his stunning free-kick against ex-club Schalke which helped 10-man Manchester City seal a dramatic 3-2 away win in the Champions League.

Premier League leaders City were in trouble at 2-1 down in the last 16, first-leg tie, playing with 10 men after Nicolas Otamendi was sent off on 68 minutes, before Sane struck.

The Germany winger, a product of Schalke’s academy who left for City in 2016, came off the bench and smashed home a free-kick to equalise on 85 minutes in Gelsenkirchen.

Raheem Sterling then tapped home City’s superb winner on 90 minutes, after a brilliant long-range pass from goalkeeper Ederson, to seal the victory with the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

“Yeah, I was a bit,” Sane told reporters when asked if he was sorry to score against Schalke on Wednesday.

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“I couldn’t really celebrate, of course, I was pleased for my team, but to score a goal like that against my ‘former love’…”

Having waited 78 minutes to come off the bench, Sane was delighted to finally run out at the Veltins Arena.

“It was very emotional for me to be back in my home town,” said Sane.

“It was great to be able to play in this great atmosphere in front of these fans.

“In the first half, I had goosebumps, the way the Schalke fans urged their team on.”

City top the Premier League on goal difference while struggling Schalke are down near the relegation places in the Bundesliga.

Yet the Germans gave Pep Guardiola’s City a scare as Nabil Bentaleb netted two first-half penalties, both awarded after the video assistant referee intervened, to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s early goal.

Sane was full of praise for his former club.

“They played very, very well and the way they defended made it hard for us,” said the 23-year-old.

“I was a little bit sad for Schalke because the atmosphere was amazing like it always is.

“At the end we did it, we scored three goals away – that was the most important thing.”

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Bayern’s Rudy Joins Schalke

Sebastian Rudy

 

Germany midfielder Sebastian Rudy has transferred from reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to rivals Schalke 04, last season’s runners-up, for 16 million euros ($18.6m), according to reports Sunday.

Magazine Sport Bild and daily newspapers Bild and WAZ said the deal has been done, but neither club has confirmed the transfer.

According to Sports Bild, Rudy, who has made 26 international appearances and was part of the Germany squad which crashed at the World Cup in Russia, will be presented as a Schalke player on Monday.

The 28-year-old only joined Bayern last August on a free transfer from Hoffenheim and signed a contract with Bayern until 2020, but has been frustrated by his lack of matches in Munich.

Rudy was left out of the matchday squad by new Bayern coach Niko Kovac for Friday’s 3-1 win over his ex-club Hoffenheim which kicked off the new Bundesliga season.

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Schalke Agree Deal To Sell Defender Kehrer To PSG

Thilo Kehrer

 

Young German center-back Thilo Kehrer will join Paris Saint-Germain from Schalke after the two clubs reached an agreement on a deal, the Bundesliga side announced on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was part of the Germany outfit which won the under-21 European championships last month and played 27 Bundesliga matches last year.

“The economic dimension, in other words, the transfer fee for a player whose contract expires next year, is why we accepted this move,” said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel.

German daily Bild reported that the fee was 37 million euros ($42.3 million).

PSG kick off their Ligue 1 title defence later on Sunday against Caen at the Parc des Princes.

Kehrer will have to fight with Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos for a place in the French champions’ defence.

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Schalke Slam Germany Manager Bierhoff In Goretzka Row

Germany’s coach Joachim Loew (C) and business manager Oliver Bierhoff (R) attend the UEFA Nations League draw at the headquarters of the European football organisation in Lausanne, on January 24, 2018.                   Philippe DESMAZES / AFP

Schalke boss Christian Heidel has slammed Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff for comments he made about their Bayern Munich-bound midfielder Leon Goretzka.

“I’ve got the message that he understands Leon’s move. I think that the national team manager has to be objective,” fumed Heidel on Thursday ahead of Schalke’s away Bundesliga match at Stuttgart.

“Anyone can say that, but not the manager of the national team,” Schalke’s sports director said.

“That’s where I have to speak for the other clubs.”

Heidel took exception to Bierhoff’s suggestion that all good young German players should join Bayern.

“An ambitious young international wants to win titles and is reluctant to sit on the couch on Wednesdays when other play Champions League games,” Bierhoff told magazine Sport Bild.

As Bayern are the only German club left in the knock-out phases of the Champions League, Bierhoff’s implication is clear.

Heidel insists that each club is happy when one of their players are called up by Germany, “but if it means that we must then be afraid that a player will go to Bayern, that is questionable”.

Schalke are understandably sore at losing one of Germany’s top rising talents to runaway league leaders Bayern, who are on course for a sixth straight Bundesliga title.

Goretzka, 22, will join Bayern next season on a free transfer after five years with Schalke.

He broke into the Germany squad last July when a young squad, minus their World Cup-winners, won the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Goretzka is set to keep his place in the Germany squad which will defend the World Cup title in Russia this June under head coach Joachim Loew.

The Gelsenkirchen-based club say they did “everything possible” to keep the talented central midfielder.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge implied the Bavarian giants did German football a favour by ensuring Goretzka “remains in the Bundesliga” when the deal was announced.

Bayern fought off reported interest from Liverpool, Juventus and Barcelona.

Bierhoff also said Schalke should not “hang him out to dry” after Goretzka was booed in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Hanover 96.

“It’s now getting to the point where Schalke needs no advice or demands from anyone,” said an annoyed Heidel.

“Likewise, we do not interfere with the national team.”

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Schalke Threaten To Drop Bayern-Bound Goretzka

 

Leon Goretzka   PHOTO: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Schalke’s chairman on Sunday threatened to banish Bayern Munich-bound midfielder Leon Goretzka to the stands for the rest of the season if he fails to perform for the Bundesliga club.

The two sides confirmed on Friday that Goretzka, 22, will join Bayern next season on a free transfer after five years with Schalke.

The Gelsenkirchen-based club say they did “everything possible” to keep the talented midfielder.

Club chairman Clemens Toennies has said he will insist Goretzka be banished to the stands if he underperforms in his time left at the Royal Blues.

“I hope he will play a second-half to the season of his life,” Toennies told Sky Sports News.

“However, if it is better for the team, then it could also be the case that Leon Goretzka sits until the end of the season in the stands.”

Schalke fans made their feelings known before Sunday’s home match against Hanover 96 as Goretzka was jeered and booed after being named in the starting line-up.

“Neither dosh nor titles are worth more than our club! If you do not appreciate that, you can piss off now!” read one banner on the terraces, while another stated: “1000 friends let down for emotionless titles and superficial flash Harries.”

Goretzka admitted the jeers and whistles had got to him.

“When your own fans boo you, of course, it hurts, but I can understand it and the main thing is that the reaction didn’t affect the team,” he said.

The midfielder broke into the Germany squad when a young team minus their World Cup-winning stars lifted the Confederations Cup in Russia last July by beating Chile 1-0 in the final.

He is poised to retain his Germany place for this summer’s World Cup, but his chances of playing in Russia will be damaged if Toennies follows through with his extraordinary threat.

“I am not declaring myself as his enemy, but we can’t allow the goals of the club to be endangered,” Toennies added.

The Schalke boss feels Goretzka is joining Bayern too soon as he follows the path trodden by Germany captain Manuel Neuer, who also quit Schalke for Bayern in 2011.

“Personally, I think it’s too early. He should have stayed two more years and then gone as a big star,” said Toennies.

“It was his decision, we have to accept that and Schalke 04 won’t go under because of it.”

 

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Dortmund Throw Away Four-Goal Lead To Draw Derby

 

Schalke’s midfielder Amine Harit (2ndL) celebrates after scoring a goal during Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund on November 25, 2017. Ina Fassbender / DPA / AFP

 

Centre-back Naldo completed Schalke’s thrilling four-goal fightback at rivals Borussia Dortmund with a 94th-minute header on Saturday as the Ruhr derby finished in a frantic 4-4 draw.

Having been four down after just 25 minutes, Brazilian Naldo’s last-gasp header brought Schalke back from the dead against troubled, 10-man local rivals Dortmund, to snatch a dramatic Bundesliga point.

“Schalke showed they have character and the mentality to offer a real spectacle,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco.

Schalke, who are unbeaten since September, are third in the table, three points ahead of fourth-placed Dortmund, and five behind leaders Bayern Munich, who play later at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The hosts had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sent off in the 72nd minute for two yellow cards with the score 4-2 after giving Dortmund an early lead, but Borussia’s defence collapsed in the second half.

Dortmund coach Peter Bosz is under increasing pressure as his side are now winless in their last six league games.

“It’s hard, you only feel disappointment,” said the Dutchman.

“When you lead 4-0, that shouldn’t have happened.

“After the red card, we didn’t play any more football, lost the ball too quickly and didn’t use our room, but I don’t want to look for excuses.”

The biggest win in a Ruhr derby — 10-0 to Schalke in 1940 — looked under threat when Dortmund raced into a 4-0 lead.

Christian Pulisic’s cross was flicked on by Nuri Sahin to the far post where Aubameyang slid the ball home on 12 minutes.

Dortmund doubled the lead six minutes later when Sahin’s free-kick was volleyed into his own net by Schalke midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.

Schalke’s goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann (2ndR) argues with Dortmund’s midfielder Nuri Sahin (R) during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in Dortmund,  on November 25, 2017.  Ina Fassbender / DPA / AFP

 

The Frenchman was then beaten for pace on the flank by Aubameyang, before the Gabon international fired in a superb cross for Mario Goetze to head in the third on 20 minutes.

Schalke looked dead and buried when Raphael Guerreiro volleyed home Dortmund’s fourth with just 25 minutes on the clock.

– Key substitutions –

In a bid to avert a debacle, Tedesco brought on midfielders Leon Goretzka and 20-year-old Amine Harit on 34 minutes.

The double substitution tightened things in the middle and with Schalke putting in the tackles, it was a totally different story in the second half.

The away side pulled their first goal back when Stambouli’s long floated pass was headed home by striker Guido Bergstaller on 61 minutes.

Harit pulled another goal back four minutes later, taking advantage of terrible defending to fire home at close range.

Aubameyang was given his marching orders after clattering Harit and Dortmund were barely holding on when midfielder Daniel Caligiuri buried Schalke’s third on 86 minutes.

In a frantic finale that included seven minutes of stoppage time, Schalke deservedly got their equaliser when Naldo escaped his marker at a corner.

He powered home a header, sparking wild celebrations, but tensions boiled over with the scores level for the first time.

Both Sahin and Schalke captain Ralf Faehrmann received yellow cards after the final whistle as the teams got into a shoving match.

Elswehere, RB Leipzig remained second after their 2-0 win at home to second-from-bottom Werder Bremen with goals from Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita and Brazilian defender Bernardo.

Bayer Leverkusen moved up to sixth with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt with Germany forward Kevin Volland scoring the winner.

Michael Gregoritsch and Alfred Finnbogason scored for mid-table Augsburg as they came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over ten-man Wolfsburg, who had Maximilian Arnold sent off after only 11 minutes.

That was Wolfsburg’s first defeat since losing to Stuttgart in September.

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Christiano Ronaldo Is Third Top Scorer In Real Madrid’s History

Cronaldohristiano Ronaldo  has scored a total of  290 goals since he started playing in Real Madrid, making him the third top scorer in Real Madrid’s history. Ronaldo has scored in all of the games he has played in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League since the 2011/12 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo began demonstrating his eye for goal since 29 August 2009 against Deportivo, when he got on the score sheet during a 3-2 win in the Santiago Bernabéu. The ease with which the Portuguese man is able to break records means that, in the space of just six years, his name is already being talked about in the same breath as the club’s all-time best players.

Ronaldo kept up his fantastic performance in the Champions League round of 16. Since the 2011/12 season he has scored in all of the matches in this round. In total, that means he has scored in seven successive round of 16 matches.

The run began in 2012 against CSKA Moscow, where Ronaldo scored a goal in a 1-1 game in Russia, and featured again in the return leg by scoring two of the team’s four goals.

Ronaldo was once again decisive in the game against Schalke 04.

A year later, the Portuguese player made a vital contribution in the win against Manchester United in the round of 16.

Ronaldo scored the Whites’ goal in the home leg and got the second goal in the away leg at Old Trafford that sealed through to the next round.

Last season, the Whites had a clear win over Schalke in the round of 16 where Ronaldo scored twice on the night of the 6-1 win and got another brace during the 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The run has continued this year, with the German team once again the opponents. Cristiano has scored five goals against them in three games.

Christiano Ronaldo continues to write his name in the Real Madrid records as he is now the club’s third top scorer of all time. Ronaldo’s header against Schalkebrings the forward’s tally with the Whites to 290 goals, thus equaling Santillana’s record.

The Portuguese star has reached this milestone after 280 games, while the Cantabrian needed 645 matches to do so. The only players ahead of Ronaldo are Raúl (323) and Di Stéfano (308).