Schalke 04: Minimalists rewarded

Schalke 04: Minimalists rewarded

Schalke 04 are taking three points from Moscow thanks to a late goal from midfielder Weston McKennie.

When reunited with former captain Benedikt Höwedes FC Schalke 04 has confirmed its trend reversal thanks to a late goal by youngster Weston McKennie. The Bundesliga club came to a 1-0 (0-0) victory in the Champions League duel at Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday night with the 20-year-old's goal in the 88th minute and now has four points in Group D Prospects for the knockout round are significantly improved.

The success of the Royal Blues makes it easier for them to go into the two games against Galatasaray on 24 October and 6 November. Four days after the first Bundesliga victory against Mainz revealed the team of coach Domenico Tedesco but especially in the offensive again some weaknesses. In front of 21 471 spectators in the RZD-Arena a power increase in the second half was enough to reach victory in the pouring rain. "It was a tough match to expect, Lok made some problems in the first half and they were more aggressive than expected," said Tedesco. "We did not have time to play as we had imagined, it was a different kind of music in the second round and we got some chances to score, so we are all the happier that we have won that thing yet," said Tedesco added, "Such victories are good for us."

In the first half, the quick ball losses in the Schalke game made the technically limited Russians overweight and also the better chances. So S04 keeper Ralf Fährmann had to intervene in the 27th minute in a shot by Dimitri Barinov first time, the margin of Brian Idowu blocked by Daniel Caligiuri. Shortly thereafter, it was Naldo, who rescued in dire need against Mirantschuk. The center-back returned to the team after a two-game break and ensured stability on the defensive.

Tedesco was obviously dissatisfied and put in midfield. Mascarell already had to break out, shortly after was king transfer Sebastian Rudy final. The changes were effective. Schalke now acted braver, even if clear chances initially scored. Konopljanka scored the first shot after just over an hour (62.), before Mark Uth narrowly missed the goal (85.). After a corner of the agile Konopljanka McKennie met but still.

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