Gelsenkirchen (AP) – New attempt, next disappointment: FC Schalke 04 were unable to end their seemingly endless streak against newly promoted VfB Stuttgart.
At the start of Matchday 6 of the Bundesliga, coach Manuel Baum’s side did not get more than 1: 1 (1: 0) despite the lead and again missed out on the long-awaited first victory of the season.
With his first Bundesliga goal, defender Malick Thiaw (30th minute) brought the Royal Blues into the ghost match at Veltins Arena, before Nicolás González (56th / penalty) equalized for the Swabians. Schalke has been waiting for a league win for 22 games and 287 days. “We are of course disappointed. But we have to be optimistic and look to the future, ”Thiaw said. Coach Baum judged: “At half-time we were a little better offensively, but still far from what we expect.”
Stuttgart remain undefeated away from home and even climbed to fourth place with nine points. Nevertheless, the Swabians struggled with the possible victory given. “We had more plans,” Gonzalo Castro said. “We’re taking a stupid goal. With our chances in the second half, we deserved to win. “Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo praised his team’s ‘extremely dominant’ performance after the break:” A win would have been nice. “
The 19-year-old Thiaw has provided Schalke’s first leadership this season. Previously, the miners were last on June 14 in a 1-1 draw against Leverkusen. The Finnish center-back hit a diving header after a free kick. And the first goal visibly made the Schalke at the start – they acted with a lot more confidence and decision.
However, this phase did not last long. The miners, who acted with great commitment and passion, were able to hope for the long-awaited first Bundesliga success since the 2-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 17, 2020 for a solid 25 minutes. At the latest with the equalizer by Joker González, the safety of the hosts was again gone. Above all, the Swabians were playful and the best team in the second half.
Due to the worsening corona infection situation, no spectators were allowed in Schalke, unlike two weeks ago in the 1-1 draw against Union Berlin. The forceful commands of trainer Manuel Baum echoed loudly in the nearly empty arena. Schalke fought against her, but again disappointed the Baum-Elf.
An intensive game developed to a manageable level with numerous tackles, fouls and loss of balls. The offensive highlights and clear scoring chances remained on both sides for a long time. The promoted Stuttgart side initially had better scoring chances thanks to Mateo Klimowicz (4th) and Pascal Stenzel (25th), but after falling behind, he temporarily lost control of the game.
A penalty then brought the Swabians back into the game: after a handball from central defender Schalke Salif Sané in the penalty area, referee Benjamin Brand ruled on a penalty based on the video images. Substitute González did not miss the opportunity to equalize. It was the fourth penalty against Revierclub this season – a league high.
The equalizer gave the guests a boost and the Matarazzo side pushed for a third win in their third away game of the season. With luck, however, the Schalke team at least managed to secure their second points victory of the season.