Schalke resur­gence con­tin­ues with win over Werder Bre­men

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FC Schalke 04 gave fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion of their re­turn to top form yes­ter­day evening with a com­fort­able 3-1 vic­tory at home to SV Werder Bre­men.

The sides can­celled each other out in a con­gested mid­field early on, but the game sparked into life with a flurry of goals shortly be­fore half-time.

First, Alessan­dro Schöpf headed Schalke in front, fin­ish­ing the re­bound after Max Meyer's fu­ri­ous long-range shot bounced down off the bar.

Na­bil Ben­taleb dou­bled the ad­van­tage moments later, like­wise prod­ding in on the re­bound after Naldo's free-kick had been saved.

Yet Bre­men were given a life­line just be­fore the break when Serge Gnabry scored from the penalty spot hav­ing been fouled by Schöpf.

Schalke be­gan the sec­ond half ea­ger to re­store their two-goal cush­ion, and after miss­ing a cou­ple of promis­ing open­ings, duly made it 3-1 when Schöpf con­verted at the back post fol­low­ing Sead Ko­lasinac's ex­cel­lent run and cross on the left.

Rather than sit­ting back and pro­tect­ing their lead, Markus Weinzierl's troops con­tin­ued to harry their vis­i­tors and although they did not have any more clear sight­ings of goal, the out­come of the game was never in any doubt.

This was with­out doubt one of Schöpf's best per­for­mances for Schalke since join­ing the club in Jan­uary this year.

He cov­ered more ground (12.73 kilo­me­tres), had more shots (five) and won more tack­les (12) than any other player on the pitch, cap­ping off an in­dus­tri­ous dis­play with two well-taken goals.

Hav­ing started the sea­son with five con­sec­u­tive de­feats, Schalke are now on a five-game un­beaten run in the Bun­desliga, with this their third win of the cam­paign. Still in 12th place, the Royal Blues look cer­tain to con­tinue to rise up the stand­ings.

GER­MANY Bun­desliga

Yes­ter­day RB Leipzig-Mainz .............................. 3-1 Schalke-SV Werder Bre­men ............. 3-1

Stand­ings

B. Munich 10 RB Leipzig 10 Hof­fen­heim 10 Hertha Ber­lin 10 Dort­mund 10 1. FC Koln 10 Eint. Frank­furt 10 B. Leverkusen 10 Freiburg 10 Mainz 10 B. M’glad­bach 10 Schalke 10 Augs­burg 10 Wolfs­burg 10 Darm­stadt 10 W. Bre­men 10 In­gol­stadt 10 Ham­burger SV 10 7 7 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 0 0 3 3 5 2 3 3 3 1 0 2 3 2 2 3 2 1 2 2 0 24 6 0 20 7 0 18 11 2 17 10 2 25 12 2 16 7 2 14 8 4 16 15 5 13 16 4 17 18 4 10 15 5 13 12 5 10 14 5 9 13 6 10 20 7 12 27 8 7 21 8 4 23 24 24 20 20 18 18 18 16 15 14 12 11 11 9 8 7 2 2

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