Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – A bit of relief could be seen in the faces of the professionals at Schalke Sieglos, but the bitter streak remains. The Royal Blues came 1: 1 (0: 0) against Union Berlin in coach Manuel Baum’s home debut and took the first point of the new season.
Marvin Friedrich led the visiting team of Urs Fischer in the lead in the 55th minute of the game, while substitute Goncalo Paciencia (69th) saved the draw for Schalke. “We’re not in a good situation,” said the Schalke striker: “It’s a long way. Today we have scored a point, it is a step forward. We have to see the positive – we deserve the point. Former Berliner Steven Skrzybski said: “We have to keep working hard. But with the bile and the grip I’m sure we can drop the ball.”
Six days before the Revier derby at Borussia Dortmund, the Royal Blues showed at least commitment, willingness to race and a slight increase in performance compared to the three bitter bankruptcies ahead of the well-ranked Berliners. Nonetheless, Revierclub have gone winless for 20 Bundesliga games. Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe said: “At the moment we feel like we have given two points.”
Schalke’s new head coach Baum had turned the squad upside down: six newcomers, including newcomers Vedad Ibisevic and Kilian Ludewig, joined the starting lineup after the 0: 4 in Leipzig. Can Bozdogan, 19, who had recently extended his contract until 2024, replaced Mark Uth (muscle problems) at the offensive headquarters. The Schalke midfielder also gave the first shot at Union’s goal, which was again guarded by Luthe despite the engagement from Loris Karius.
“During the week the coach spoke to us which made me happy, of course,” said Luthe. Karius is “a good colleague. I appreciate it. “
After a good 20 minutes, the Berliners launched promising attacks. Ferryman’s representative, Frederik Rönnow, had to use all his skills against Grischa Prömel (21st) and Robert Andrich (22nd) to avoid falling behind. After all, the Revier kickers could tell they wanted to end the bitter streak. Right-back Ludewig, on loan from Salzburg, has made a good start in the Bundesliga.
However, in front of 300 spectators admitted, the hosts lacked brilliant ideas and precision in the match ahead. For example, Ibisevic, who was first called in in the starting XI, missed usable passes and got something in the air.
Once again, it was Rönnow who initially saved Schalke from 0-1 shortly after the move. He quickly repelled a strike from Christopher Lenz (47th). But a few minutes later, the Dane was beaten by Friedrich’s header after a Trimmel cross. Shortly after falling behind, Paciencia replaced the pale Ibisevic. And the Portuguese striker managed to equalize 1-1 with his header ten minutes after being substituted – a small ray of hope for Schalke.