What a game, what a night. Schalke won 2-1 over Sandhausen – thanks to a late goal from Simon Terodde.
The players ran back and forth across the pitch as if they had managed to climb up the ranks, 10,000 FC Schalke 04 fans jumped on the stands and shouted in seconds: Goal! Goal! Goal! In the 90th minute, striker Simon Terodde shot the Royal Blues not only to a 2-1 (0-0) away win in SV Sandhausen, but also to the top of the table when Werder Bremen lost 3-2 to Kiel at. same time.
Little SV Sandhausen had rarely experienced such a football festival in its ten-year professional football history. Two-thirds of the stadium crowd was occupied by fans in royal blue. Fans were already singing Schalke songs an hour before the kick-off. Schalke’s coach Mike Büskens relied on this atmosphere as a bonus motivation. He had changed his team in three positions – Florian Flick, Danny Latza and Darko Churlinov moved into the team for Dominick Drexler (suspended), Malick Thiaw and Victor Palsson (both on the bench).
Schalke with permanent ball possession
The match went as expected – already after 20 minutes, Schalke had 74 percent of the ball possession. But the large crowd of fans in royal blue did not make the sand houses nervous. They confirmed their recent good form. In the second half of the table, SVS was in third place before the match and had only conceded 13 goals in the last 14 matches.
Although Schalke fought passionately, even though any successful tackle was celebrated with ovations: Schalke won only once in the first half from open play. After 19 minutes, Marcin Kaminski came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 1 – 0, giving SV goalkeeper Patrick Drewes the lead. Zalazar got another free-kick chance six minutes later, but Drewes saved it safely.
The problems in the offensive were manifold: the posts from the back players Kerim Calhanoglu and Andreas Vindheim rarely encountered, the cross passes from the lively Darko Churlinov found no players. And Schalke’s strikers Terodde and Bülter rarely came out victorious from the duels.
Between the 30th and 40th minute, when the fans calmed down a bit, Sandhausen even got the game balanced. Schalke’s fans continued to sing in a good mood when referee Felix Zwayer (Berlin) whistled for the break, but when the score was 0-0, coach Büsken’s seemed thoughtful.
But what Büskens had said to his pros: Little changed after the break. Schalke had the most ball, but in crucial situations, the confidently defending sandhouses always got a foot in the way or won the decisive duels.
Goal for Schalke – Simon Terodde crosses the ball
For a long time after the break, Zalazar’s long shot, which Drewes blocked, was the only Schalke chance (49 ‘). The landscape remained first class, the game became long lasting. Until the brilliant final phase began in the 71st minute, Darko Churlinov grabbed the ball and hit it against the post – Simon Terodde converted the riposte to 1-0.
Schalke fans prepared for the big victory party when they missed after a corner kick: Dennis Diekmeier equalized to 1-1 (83 ‘). In the last minute, Terodde dotted the ball over the finish line – victory. In extra time, Sandhäuser Alou Kuol saw the red card and the emotions were now boiling over. Shortly after, referee whistled Zwayer in the whistle – and the fans roared “Leaders!”
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