FC Shalke 04 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sensational second half sees Die Knappen shock Die Fohlen

The Veltins-Arena was the stage for the Bundesliga’s last match of the weekend as struggling Schalke hosted a Borussia Mönchengladbach side looking to leap up into second place.

Schalke have surprised everyone so far this season, however not for the right reason’s as they sit in an unfamiliar position at the bottom of the Bundesliga. The Gelsenkirchken club needed to find their Europa League form and start transferring it into league form as the international break approaches.

As for Gladbach things looked bright going into the game they sit in sixth place after picking up ten points in their five matches and as previously mentioned a win would mean second place was their’s. Despite losing in midweek against Barcelona the club could take positives into their game with Schalke after performing admirably.

Schalke flew out the blocks

The home side didn’t waste any time in looking to get on the front foot and get the fans behind them and it took just five minutes for them to show Gladbach some threatening signs. Nabil Bentaleb found space in midfield and attempted to play the ball through to Eric Choupo-Moting, which he succeeded in doing so, disappointingly for Schalke the offside flag was raised against the forward.

Die Knappen were the side on top and the first meaningful effort on goal came after ten minutes. Alessandro Schöpf crossed from the left and the bounced all the way through to Leon Goretzka, on the turn the youngster’s effort was on target however it didn’t cause Yann Sommer any problems.

Shortly after the effort from Goretzka the home side had another, Nico Elvedi was able to stop Schöpf advancing towards goal, well so he thought, Schöpf quickly robbed Elvedi of possession and struck an effort on goal. Sadly for Schöpf his hard work didn’t pay off as his effort rolled into the hands of Sommer.

Visitors Gladbach were very quiet in the first half and struggled to produce anything going forward, nevertheless they finally did towards the end of the first half. A ball over the top picked out Fabian Johnson and the American cut the ball back to Andre Hahn, agonisingly for their fans the ball edged away from the forward before being cleared for a corner.

The resulting corner almost produced the first goal, Jannik Vestergaard arrived at the back post and managed to leap above his marker to head the ball over Ralf Fährmann, to the relief of the Schalke keeper Schöpf was on the line to clear the danger.

Schalke surprise as they run riot

The second half started with electric pace as both teams looked to get on the front foot, a minute into the half Hahn was able to force Fährmann into action with a strike from thirteen yards.

Die Fohlen were looking better and looked more likely to grabbing the lead, however that wasn’t the case as in the fifty-second minute saw the referee award Schalke a penalty. Choupo-Moting picked up possession on the left side and came inside only to be clipped by Ibrahima Traoré in the area. The Cameroon forward stepped up to take and he excellently fired into the top left corner, the effort was just out of the reach of Sommer.

Four minutes later things got even better for Schalke as they doubled their lead. Sead Kolašinac won the ball for the home side on the left and after brilliantly bursting forward he was able to play in Breel-Donald Embolo who was free in the middle and the young Swiss was able to guide the ball past his countryman Sommer and into the bottom right corner from eight yards.

The goals didn’t stop there either as Schalke made it three, Mahmoud Dahoud was robbed of possession inside the Schalke half and a counter attack was on. Embolo charged forward and slipped the ball into Choupo-Moting his effort looked to be heading in, however Sommer was able to pull off a great save, unfortunately for the keeper he was left helpless as the rebound was tucked away by Goretzka.

Gladbach were left stunned after the three quickfire goals and struggled to respond. One of the opportunities that came their way saw Thorgan Hazard link up with Johnson and his strike from a tight angle was saved by Fährmann and unluckily flashed past the Hahn and the post.

As the game entered the last ten minutes Schalke grabbed themselves a fourth, Andreas Christensen failed to pass the ball back to Sommer as he came under pressure from Embolo and the Schalke man managed to edge ahead of the defender before knocking the ball past Sommer and tapping into the empty net after tangling with Christensen.

That proved to be the last of the action as Schalke sealed all three points, not only was it their first win of the season it was also their first points of the season. A much needed win for the men in blue and a big wake up call for Gladbach who looked vulnerable at the back once more.

The victory now sees Schalke move off the bottom of the table and into the relegation play-off spot, meanwhile Gladbach drop down to ninth place. After the international break Schalke will look to grab another victory when they travel to Bavaria to face Augsburg, while Gladbach will have to pick themselves up and face Hamburg at Borussia Park.


RB Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: Die Bullen fail to hold onto victory as Die Fohlen leave it late

During English week in the Bundesliga there was a first meeting between two team’s, RB Leipzig played the part of host’s as they welcomed Borussia Mönchengladbach to their home for the first time.

Leipzig have impressed early on in the season and went into the game in fifth place following a draw and two wins, one of those wins saw them defeat Borussia Dortmund. A win for the home side would see them into the top four.

For Gladbach they’ve had a mixed start to the season, after an opening day victory they found themselves losing 3-1 to Bundesliga newboy’s Freiburg. On the weekend however they bounced back with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen which took them into seventh place. Tonight a win over newly promoted Leipzig could send them into the top four if results go their way.

The opening of the night came very early on as the hosts started brightly, Yussuf Poulsen produced a lovely drive forward before crossing from the right. Timo Werner was able to bring the ball down, despite a heavy touch the forward was fortunate as the ball came back to him thanks to a mix up between the two Gladbach centre backs, without hesitation Werner fired in across goal and past Yann Sommer.

After the goal Leipzig played with plenty of confidence and dominated the opening stages, the only thing that was lacking for the hosts was the chances to double their lead.

Just after the twenty minute mark the game started to even out and Gladbach looked more settled in Leipzig.

With twenty-seven minutes gone in the game Gladbach managed to create their first chance of the game. André Hahn picked up the ball inside the area and quickly played a high-looping ball across the box to the unmarked Fabian Johnson, the American then produced a delightful volley which struck the top of the crossbar thanks to the fingertips of Péter Gulácsi.

After the half hour mark Leipzig had an opportunity to score after a lightning quick counter attack saw Werner burst forward, Poulsen was too his right but the young forward played in Marcel Sabitzer and the Austrian’s shot from the edge of the area flew straight into Sommer’s arms.

Shortly after Gladbach had a chance themselves, Lars Stindl played an excellent ball forward through to Hahn and the forward’s shot was deflected wide for a corner after Leipzig defenders reacted quickly to close the danger.

In the last five minutes of the half Leipzig had a glorious chance to double their lead, a freekick was played out to the left and a delightful cross to switch play picked out full back Marcel Halstenberg. Despite having plenty of space and no pressure the defender wasted his opportunity after mishitting his volley into the ground and wide of Sommer’s goal.

Early in the second half Gladbach appealed for a penalty, Johnson managed to get round Willi Orban just inside the area and both player’s went to the ground. Despite the appeals match official Manuel Gräfe waved away the protests and awarded a goal kick.

Leipzig responded to that attack with one of their own, they managed to win themselves a freekick and the delivery found the head of Marvin Compper, who’s headed despite being on target was comfortably collected by Sommer.

Although the second half began with plenty of promise the game quickly shifted back into a tightly fought battlefield as both team’s struggled to come out on top of the play. This unfortunately meant a lack of chances for both sides.

As the game approached the end Leipzig troubled Sommer once more, Poulsen slipped the ball through to Werner and the goalscorer’s effort forced Sommer into a save, despite there being a rebound Gladbach were able to recover possession.

With five minutes left on the clock Gladbach were able to surprise the host’s to grab an equaliser. Hahn played the ball forward to Stindl and the Gladbach skipper found Johnson on the right and the American was able to cut inside sending Halstenberg past him before brilliantly curling the ball round Gulácsi and into the far bottom corner.

Instantly after conceding Leipzig came agonisingly close to regaining the lead, Poulsen broke down the right once more and played the ball inside to Oliver Burke, his first time finish looked to be heading past Sommer but the Swiss keeper was able to react to save.

Straight down the other end Johnson looked to inspire Gladbach to a late victory, once more he found space on the right hand side of the area and this time he decided to find a teammate, his cut back somehow found Hahn who was expecting the ball to find him and his touch let him down.

Both sides couldn’t be separated for large parts of the game and despite Leipzig looking slightly more dangerous going forward when the game came to an end, neither side went home hugely disappointed.

Up next for Leipzig is another surprise package as they travel to face in-form Köln, who’ve also yet to taste defeat in the Bundesliga this season and find themselves in second. For Die Fohlen they host an Ingolstadt side who are yet to win so far this season.

Hertha BSC 2-0 Schalke 04: BSC head to the top after dispatching S04

The eventful Bundesliga weekend came to a close on Sunday evening as Hertha BSC hosted Schalke 04. After lack of action it was Hertha that showed their quality to send Schalke home empty handed once more.

Hertha have started the campaign in fine fashion having picked up two victories in their opening two matches, a 2-0 win against Ingolstadt and a 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Freiburg. They went into Sunday’s game in high spirits and confident of another three points, which was needed if they were to move up from fifth into joint first along with Bayern Munich.

Schalke have made changes over the summer and so far this campaign things have struggled to get going, after two matches the club find themselves second from bottom thanks to two losses against Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern.

The only fresh injury concern for either side coming into the game was for the home side as Anthony Brooks suffered an injury earlier in the week.

Slow start Sunday for Hertha and Schalke

The game failed to kick itself into life throughout the first half as both team’s struggled to create their chances and the battles around the pitch were equally fought out between both team’s.

The final ball lacked on a number of occasion’s and the first showing of this came in the third minute, Breel-Donald Embolo broke down the left side as Schalke looked to counter and a poor through ball forward towards Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was easily cut out.

Schalke came forward down the left once more moments later as Rahman Baba managed to get the better of Peter Pekarík, his cross from the byline however saw Sebastian Langkamp cut out the danger and put the ball out for a corner.

Hertha were having more of the ball in the first half and were able to sustain the most pressure, however they were failing to create the chances needed to take the lead. Their guests Schalke were more purposeful when in possession and they came close to an opener after the hour mark, Eric Choupo-Moting managed to beat Pekarík out on the left and after cutting inside his effort took a deflection and narrowly flew past the post.

Hertha find their feet to take the lead

Schalke managed to create the first bit of action of the second half six minutes in, Benjamin Stambouli found space outside the area and his effort from thirty yards deflected off Fabian Lustenberger and forced Rune Jarstein into flicking the ball over his bar.

On the hour mark Genki Haraguchi took it into his own hands to try and break the deadlock and he came close to doing so. The Japanese midfielder drived down the left and came rushing inside before trying his luck which flew well wide.

This proved to be a warning for Schalke as moments later the home side grabbed the lead. Vedad Ibišević played the ball out to the right and despite having got to the ball first Stambouli had a nightmare as he gifted the ball to Pekarík, the full back charged towards the area before cutting the ball back to Mitchell Weiser and he excellently finished across goal and into the top left corner for his first goal of the season.

Ten minutes after taking the lead Hertha doubled it, Per Ciljan Skjelbred won the ball off Nabil Bentaleb and Weiser was alert to quickly chip a glorious ball over the top to substitute Valentin Stocker and at the first time of asking the Swiss forward direct his effort past Ralf Fährmann.

After the second Schalke were able to apply some pressure on the Hertha defence, however they continued to fail to cause them any problems. The game didn’t provide much else in the game as Hertha looked to see out the game, they came close to a third as Weiser played the ball through to Julian Schieber and unfortunately for him Naldo did well to block him off and shield the ball out of play.

That was the last of the action and the three points head to Hertha who maintain their 100% start to the campaign meaning it’s their best ever start to a campaign and they move up to joint first with Bayern. Up next for the capital club they travel to Munich to face Bayern on Wednesday as English week heads to Germany.

Schalke continue their disappointing start and they need to turn things around quickly before a European finish escapes their grasp. On Wednesday they have another tough task as in-form Köln come for a visit to the Veltins-Arena.

Kaiserslautern’s Przybylko suffers setback

Kacper Przybylko has been forced out of action.

Kacper Przybylko has been forced out of action.

FC Kaiserslautern haven’t had the best of start’s to the 2.Bundesliga season and on Tuesday it was confirmed by the club they would be without striker Kacper Przybylko.

The Red Devils have started the new campaign poorly and with three games played in the league they’ve failed to pick up some early three points. After a shock 4-0 defeat in the opening game of the season against Hannover 96 they’ve struggled to get going as a 1-1 draw to newly promoted Würzburger Kickers followed.

A short break from league football came when FCK travelled away to face 3.Liga struggler’s Hallescher FC and it wasn’t the confidence boost people expected as Hallescher FC defeated Kaiserslautern in extra time. The disappointing result was then followed up by a goalless draw at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

With the club in need of goal’s and victories Tuesday brought the annoucement of some disappointing news as the club’s top scorer last season, Kacper Przybylko was confirmed to miss the next several weeks due to a previous injury.

The young forward suffered a broken metatarsal at the end of last season in Kaiserslautern’s 4-1 victory away to FSV Frankfurt. With pre-season to recover the forward managed to play in the club’s first two matches of the season.

Despite coming off the bench in the opening two matches Przybylko wasn’t in the squad for the last two matches and the fan’s now have the reason why, the club announced the forward has suffered setback due to his foot not healing as well as first thought and over the next coming weeks Przybylko will need conservative treatment before stepping out onto the pitch once more.

There is no set date for when Przybylko will return to action and with the lack of experienced forward’s at the club his preence will be missed on the pitch.

The timing couldn’t be much worse for Kaiserslautern with a run of tricky fixtures approaching, up next is a visit to fellow struggler’s Sandhausen and then FCK play hosts as VfB Stuttgart come to town before the visit of Dynamo Dresden.

English forward Osayamen Osawe has been picked for the last couple of matches to fill the void left by Przybylko and has done well in his quest for a more regular starting spot, in the game against his former club Hallescher the youngster scored twice. Nevertheless Kaiserslautern will still be hoping Przybylko makes a swift recovery and return to scoring ways.


Eintracht Braunschweig 6-1 1.FC Nürnberg: Die Löwen demolish Der Club in brilliant second half display

On Sunday afternoon high-flying Eintracht Braunschweig hosted aNürnberg side yet to pick up three points this season. Despite taking the lead Nürnberg failed to build on their opener and in the end fell to a humiliating defeat as Braunschweig continued their winning start with a 6-1 triumph.

Der Club take the lead against the run of play

Braunschweig settled into the game straight away and they managed to create two good opportunities from freekick’s out on the the right wing.  Nik Omladič delivered both freekick’s, the first went all the way through and into Raphael Schäfer’s arms as Saulo Decarlinarrowly missed the ball when he stretched to get on the end of the cross. The second set piece managed to find the head of Gustav Valsvik, who could only direct the ball wide of the goal.

The next chance also fell to the host’s as Even Hovland failed to clear Salim Khelifi’s cross from the right and this allowed Julius Biada the chance to try his luck from just inside the area, however his effort forced Schäfer into a comfortable save.

Despite having the most of possession and a few early chances it was the Braunschweig that found themselves conceding first. A mistake on the wing lead to Tim Leibold skipping down the line before cutting the ball back from the byline towards Guido Burgstaller,who managed to head towards the goal after falling to the ground and despite his attempt to clear off the line Patrick Schönfeldcouldn’t clear and ended up dragging the ball into the goal along with him.

Die Löwen tried to bounce back quickly, however they struggled to create clear cut chances and the confidence of the goal saw Der Clubgain more control in the match.

For the away side Tobias Kempe looked lively throughout the first half and caused problems for the home side. With ten minutes left of the first half the winger had a sight of goal, Burgstaller nodded the ball back to Kempe on the edge of the area and his volley flew over.

A quick fire double sees the home side go ahead before the break

Braunschweig came close to levelling things three minutes from the break and they had massive claims for a penalty. Khelifi played the ball into Biada, who tried to pick out his strike partner Dominick KumbelaLászló Sepsi was there to stop an easy tap in for Kumbela however the ball struck Schäfer and then bounced back and struck Sepsi on the arm before falling into Schäfer’s arms. The officials failed to spot the handball and play continued to the relief of Sepsi and Nürnberg.

The home side quickly forgot about the decision and a minute later they finally levelled things for a bit of justice. Omladič delivered a corner from the right which flew over the six yard box, Schäfer didn’t come to claim and Hanno Behrens could only poke the ball into the path of Kumbela, who made no mistakes in smashing the ball home.

The first half action didn’t stop there as the last minute of additional time saw the home side gain the lead to shock their guests. Another corner from the right and although this time Nürnberg cleared, it was only to Ken Reichel and the defender fired at goal from twenty-two yards out, Schäfer saved once again however he could only parry the ball out to Decarli, who shot from seventeen yards out and excellently fired into the top right corner.

Braunschweig extend their advantage

Die Löwen continued on their momentum from the end of the first half and ten minutes into the second half they managed to grab some breathing space. Once again from a set piece, this time a freekick from the left saw Omladič pick out Decarli at the back post, his volley was brilliantly saved by Schäfer, however his efforts were wasted as the rebound went straight back to Decarli and the defender poked in from a yard out.

Nürnberg continued to fall apart and just after the hour mark they were punished once more. Leibold lost out in a battle against Khelifi and the winger flew down the left wing and his cross struck the arm of Dave Bulthuis and deflected into the Nürnberg net.

The away side showed no sign’s of giving up and shortly after conceding a fourth they came close on a couple of occasions. First up was Behrens, a cross fell to him on the edge of the area and his volley was dragged just wide. The next opportunity saw Edgar Salli burst down the left and his cross almost found it’s way to the free Burgstaller, unfortunately for Der Club Reichel was alert and managed to clear the danger.

After some sustained pressure from Nürnberg the home side almost managed to grab another goal to add to Der Club’s misery, however it wasn’t to be. A long ball forward saw Kumbela race towards goal, Schäfer couldn’t hold the ball after coming out and Kumbela picked out new signing Christoffer Nyman, who’s effort rolled into Khelifi and after managing to turn in the area he could only drag his effort wide.

Before the end of the game things got a lot worse for Nürnberg as they conceded another quickfire double at the end of the second half. The home side made it five-one with the goal of the game, Omladič picked up the ball on the right and did excellently as he breezed past two defenders to cut inside and wonderfully curled the ball into the far bottom corner with a lovely left footed strike.

The winger once again caused problems for Nürnberg as he flew down the right and perfectly cut the ball back to new boy Nyman, who tapped in with ease for his first goal for the club after being allowed to drift into the area unmarked.

That proved to be the last of the action in a disastrous second half for Nürnberg and they were more than pleased the game was quickly brought to a close. Braunschweig made the most of their set pieces and in the end cruised to victory and in doing so leaping to the top of the table.

Up next for Braunschweig they travel away to Erzgebirge Aue as they’ll look to extend their winning start to the season. As for Nürnberg they have to wait for their first win of the season and up next they host 1860 München.

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Magdeburg 1(3) – (4)1 Eintracht Frankfurt: Under par Frankfurt edge past spirited Magdeburg

The DFB Pokal kicked off this weekend and it’s produced a few brilliant nail biting matches, unfortunately for the underdog’s the bigger team’s are failing to get into the spirit of the cup and there hasn’t been too many upsets.

One match that could provide one this Sunday was at the MDCC-Arena where 3. Liga side Magdeburg hosted Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. The hosts entered the game in 15th place in the league after two defeats and a brilliant 3-0 victory over Paderborn. They will have their work cut for themselves as Frankfurt come to town and will look to save themselves from embarrassment ahead of the Bundesliga kick off next weekend.

The opening few minutes of the game saw both team’s wrestle for possession, it was the Bundesliga side Frankfurt that were edging things as they looked more comfortable on the ball. After seven minutes the away side took the lead, Omar Mascarell played an excellent long ball over the top to Branimir Hrgota and the young Swede brilliantly brought the ball down before sending two defenders sliding past him and smashing the ball past Leopold Zingerle.

The home side didn’t crumble as many would’ve expected when they went behind instead they looked more threatening. Soon after going behind they came close to equalising when Niklas Brandt fired a lovely shot from range which narrowly flew just over the bar. Not long after this effort the hosts forced Lukáš Hrádecký into action, Christopher Handke tried his luck from just under thirty yards out and his effort was wonderfully saved by Hrádecký. The rebound fell to an unmarked Christian Beck, however the forward couldn’t direct his awkward volley on target and instead fired wide.

When given the chance Magdeburg put plenty of bodies in the area for the long throws from Handke and just after twenty five minutes the long throws almost paid off. Handke launched a throw into the area and it was flicked on by  Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier and Beck agonisingly just missed the ball as it flashed across the goal.

That proved to be the only clear cut chance for the rest of the half and Magdeburg will feel they were unfortunate to be behind at the break. They were the better side throughout the half as Frankfurt made mistake after mistake, the away side scored from their only chance, while Magdeburg continued to pressure Frankfurt and shot from range.

The second half started in an ugly fashion as moments into the half play was halted. From the away end flares were lit and black smoke filled the away end as trouble started, moments later trouble started at the opposite end as ultras from the home end tried to enter the pitch and security forces were forced to come onto the pitch.

After a long delay the game resumed and which was fortunate as the game looked more likely to be abandoned.

The home side strongly felt they should’ve been awarded a penalty when a lovely one-two saw Tobias Schwede being brought down by Makoto Hasebe, the foul looked like it was just inside the area, however the referee decided to award a freekick on the edge of the area to the frustration of Magdeburg.

The resulting freekick was deflected wide for a corner and the corner saw Magdeburg go close from range once more, the corner was cleared and Nils Butzen raced from the halfway line to unleash an excellent powerful effort which forced Hrádecký into action.

Magdeburg deservedly grabbed an equaliser, a freekick saw Nico Hammann take and his effort deflected off the end of the wall and flew into the empty side of the net as Hrádecký was left helpless.

Two minutes after the Magdeburg goal Frankfurt could’ve regained their lead, a corner came in and fell to the feet of Meier who’s effort from five yards deflected wide for another corner.

Due to the earlier delay in the game the officials decided on eleven minutes added time and this meant plenty of time for a winner.

Magdeburg had a chance to grab that winner after eight minutes of additional time, Tarek Chahed was played through on goal and after making some ground towards goal he couldn’t cause too many problems for Hrádecký as David Abraham gained ground to force an early shot.

Moments later as extra time was close to coming to an end the hosts had another great chance to grab a winner, this time it was Beck that was played through and was allowed to charge towards goal, however the forward disappointingly fired his effort straight at Hrádecký.

Things were made more difficult for Frankfurt after the 100th minute as Michael Hector picked up his second booking of the game as he brought down Tobias Schwede who was about to run clear towards goal.

Frankfurt’s key man Meier had a quiet game for the away side, however he did have an opportunity at the end of the first half of extra time, he was left unmarked inside the area and the forward fired well over to waste his golden chance.

With tired legs all round the pitch the chances were rare in extra time, Beck had a handful for the hosts and even put the ball into the back of the net, disappointingly for the home side he failed to stay onside for the goal and for the other chances he had.

The game went to penalties and the home side stepped up first:

  1. Hammann – Scored – Meier – Scored
  2. Puttkammer – Missed – Huszti – Scored
  3. Müller – Missed -Hasebe – Missed
  4. Exslager – Scored – Omar Mascarell – Missed
  5. Beck – Scored – Blum – Scored
  6. Löhmannsröben – Missed – Varela – Scored

Despite a tremendous effort and arguably deserving to go through Magdeburg failed to come through the penalty shootout as it finished 3-4 after six spot kicks. Despite going through this will be a wake up call for Bundesliga side Frankfurt who were under par for most of the match.

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Erzgebirge Aue 0 (7) – (8) 0 FC Ingolstadt: Valiant Veilchen lose out to Die Schanzer in penalty shootout.

Sunday evening saw newly promoted 2. Bundesliga side Erzgebirge Aue take on Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt. The home side went into the game on the back of a victory against Sandhausen, a result that will give them confidence after their opening day defeat. This however was Ingolstadt’s first competitive game so they were looking to progress into the next round and get themselves ready for their league opener against Hamburg.

Despite being the underdogs it was Aue that looked the most comfortable in the opening stages of the game there wasn’t much to talk about for fans in the opening twenty minutes, Ingolstadt failed to get going while Aue defended strongly and played long balls forward towards Pascal Köpke.

Ingolstadt were struggling to cause problems for the home side and failed to break them down, the only true effort on goal saw Alfredo Morales head towards goal, sadly for his side Martin Männel caught the ball easily.

After the thirty-five minute mark the home side came close to taking the lead, Cebio Soukou found space on the right and manged to fire the ball into Dimitrij Nazarov, the striker’s touch into space saw him try his luck from a tight angle and it almost paid off as Ørjan Nyland was forced into a save at his near post.

The Nazarov chance proved to be the last and one of the only chances of the first half and the first half display would’ve encouraged the home side going into the break.

Ingolstadt came out in the second half more determined and started to look more threatning going forward, unfortunately it took till just before the hour mark for them to create a golden chance to take the lead. Moritz Hartmann was picked out inside the area and being unmarked he had a glorious chance to put his side ahead, unfortunately for his side Männel saved the shot from twelve yards out.

Ingolstadt continued to push for an opener and they came close a couple of times, first up was Markus Suttner who pulled his effort from a corner wide of the post. Shortly after Mathew Leckie leapt the highest to win a header at a corner, however he could only direct the ball over.

The home side came close themselves when Nazarov picked up the ball just outside the area and his effort took a slight deflection which directed his shot just wide of Nyland’s post.

Shortly after Nazarov’s effort Mario Kvesić should’ve done better with his effort for the hosts, after the young Bosnian charged forward to beat a number of player’s he was forced wide and rather than passing he produced a tame effort which rolled wide.

Both sides pushed for a winner as the game came towards the end, however both team’s struggled with their final balls and both keepers remained largely untested.

With ten minutes to go Aue came agonisingly close, not for the first time Tobias Levels brought down Nazarov, this time in a dangerous area on the corner of the area. Kvesić took responsibility for the freekick and his excellent effort looked to be heading into the top corner, however Nyland had other ideas as he managed to tip the ball onto the post. The rebound went to the other side of the goal and Nazarov’s acrobatic effort struck the side netting.

Aue were enjoying the most of the attacking play in the late stages and Kvesić continued to find space around the area, just before injury time the young midfielder tried his luck from range and the effort flew wide of Nyland’s goal.

Both sides were able to have one more attack each before the final whistle, first up was Ingolstadt who worked the ball across the area and a header into Leckie saw the Australian fail to get the ball out under his feet and was eventually tackled just inside the area. Up the other end Nazarov broke down the left and the forward’s cross was dealt with by Ingolstadt to take the game into extra time.

There weren’t many chances in the first half of extra time and the only time a team threatened was in the 99th minute when Nicky Adler burst forward for Aue to beat his fullback and his drilled cross saw Nyland claim.

Ingolstadt started the second half of extra time very well and they looked the more likely to grab a winner. Roger tried his luck from range, however it flew comfortably wide, despite that it was an early warning sign for Aue. Next up was Pascal Groß, a deflected shot found it’s way to Groß and his volley was on target, disappointingly for the Ingolstadt man the effort was well blocked.

Männel was increasingly coming under pressure, fortunately for the hosts their number one was on fine form and stayed alert throughout. An early cross from the left was finding its way to a free Lukas Hinterseer, despite that Männel was very quick off his line to claim to deny the Austrian striker a golden chance.

Kvesić came agonisingly close with a freekick in the second half and he did so once again in the second half of extra time, the last effort struck the woodwork this time around his effort went just over the bar.

That was the last chance of the game and after 120 minutes the game had to be settled by a penalty shootout.  Up first was the home side:

  1. Rizzuto (AUE) – Scored – Cohen (FCI) – Scored
  2. Köpke (AUE) – Scored – Suttner (FCI) – Scored
  3. Kvesić (AUE) – Scored – Leckie (FCI) – Scored
  4. Pepic (AUE) – Scored – Groß (FCI) – Scored
  5. Nazarov (AUE) – Scored – Hinterseer (FCI) – Scored
  6. Breitkreuz (AUE) – Scored – Matip (FCI) – Scored
  7. Hertner (AUE) – Scored – Roger (FCI) – Scored
  8. Adler (AUE) – Missed – Levels (FCI) – Scored

The Bundesliga side won the shootout 7:8 and it was some hard luck for Aue who performed excellently and probably deserved to go through. The shootout was filled with high quality penalties and Ingolstadt head into the next round.

Article for VAVEL Bundesliga.