One of Wednesday’s games saw Schalke host Eintracht Frankfurt, both have started the season in fine form and have only suffered the one defeat, coincidently both picked up their losses away to Wolfsburg.
Frankfurt don’t travel too well and going into the game they’ve only ever beaten Schalke five times away from home. They were hoping to make that six and jump up the table. As for Schalke they have a better record and will be looking to extend the lead and get some revenge for the defeat in the last meeting.
The match took time to get going and after a few half chances both teams finally created some chances. Aleksandar Ignjovski gifted the ball to Marco Höger with a poor clearance and the Schalke man cotnrolled with his chest and fired just over from range. Soon after Ignjovski was targeted by Sead Kolašinac who charged forward to pick out Max Meyer, who then managed to find Leon Goretzka on the penalty spot, sadly for the hosts his effort didn’t trouble Lukas Hradecky.
Frankfurt were defending well and continued to halt Schalke’s attack’s, unfortunately for their fans they were finding it hard to make attacks stick. Schalke were finding it easy down their left with Kolašinac and Maxim Choupo-Moting causing problems and proving to hot to handle for Ignjovski and Makoto Hasebe.
The entertaining midfield battle meant their weren’t many chances, however Hasebe almost grabbed the lead for the visitor’s. The Japanese midfielder volleyed from just inside the area and it narrowly flew wide of the post.
Frankfurt had a glorious chance to take the lead when Luc Castaignos played through Stefan Aigner, despite baring down on goal Aigner could only drag his shot across goal and wide.
Schalke punished them for that miss as they took the lead in the seventy-sixth minute. Johannes Geis’ corner was well whipped in and Joel Matip managed to leap high above Marco Russ to direct his header into the far corner and well out of the reach of Hradecky.
Frankfurt somehow didn’t find the equaliser, once again a chance came for a corner, Alexander Meier challenged with Ralf Fährmann and the ball fell nicely for him and Meier’s effort from close range was brilliantly blocked by Matip on the line. Fährmann then saved a fellow up shot from just inside the area.
The last action of the game saw youngster and shining star of this Schalke side Leroy Sané confirm the victory in brilliant fashion. The nineteen-year-old picked up the ball from a long way out and after bursting towards goal he easily skipped past Hradecky, he took the ball too far wide but that allowed him to impressively fly past a defender before beating Hradecky for a second time and calmly slotting into the empty net. Another quality goal from another raising Bundesliga talent.
Up next for Schalke is a trip to Hamburg, it should be an entertaining Saturday evening game after Hamburg’s impressive start to the season. As for Frankfurt they return home to face Hertha BSC on Sunday afternoon, like Hamburg they too have surprised a few and started the season in fine fashion.