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December 4, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stade de la Mosson — Montpellier
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 23142‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Montpellier 1-1 Schalke

A Benedikt Howedes header was cancelled out three minutes later by Emanuel Herrera's finish as Huub Stevens' men sealed top spot in Group B with a hard-fought point in France

By Joe Wright

  • Jonathan Ligali
    3
    1
    3.00

    Jonathan Ligali

    Made two excellent saves at the feet of Marica in the first half, and could do nothing about Howedes' goal. An accomplished display between the sticks.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    9
    1
    4.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    An impressive showing against the movement of Schalke's attack, he dealt with Marica with relative ease and kept Barnetta subdued.

  • Vitorino Hilton da Silva
    6
    2
    4.00

    Vitorino Hilton da Silva

    Made a crucial last-ditch tackle to deny Marica a clear run at goal early on. Performed well against a mobile Schalke attack, but was cautioned late on for a cynical foul.

  • H. Bedimo
    6
    1
    3.50

    H. Bedimo

    Dangerous whenever he bombed forward down the left, he performed well at the back to keep his side level until shortly before the hour.

  • Daniel Congré
    6
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Congré

    Started brightly but seemed to lose his way during the remainder of the first half. However, he came to life again in the second, and kept Draxler a little busier.

  • M. Estrada
    3
    2
    3.00

    M. Estrada

    Used the ball effectively but rather paled in comparison to the likes of Draxler, and half-time sub Piatu.

  • Rémy Cabella
    7
    1
    3.00

    Rémy Cabella

    Ineffective in the first half but came to life in the second, using the ball much more efficiently as Montpellier seized the initiative.

  • Benjamin Stambouli
    3
    2
    2.00

    Benjamin Stambouli

    Struggled to impact upon proceedings during the first half with the movement of Draxler and Barnetta in particular causing him problems. Was replaced at the interval by Pitau.

  • Anthony Mounier
    3
    1
    2.50

    Anthony Mounier

    The hosts were unable to get him involved often enough in the first half, but Pitau's introduction changed all that, and he crossed for Herrera to get his side on level terms. Replaced by Belhanda after the hour mark.

  • Emanuel Herrera
    8
    1
    3.50

    Emanuel Herrera

    Came close with the opening shot of the match, but faded from the half as Schalke dictated. Uchida's superb clearance denied him a goal which would have broken the deadlock, though he made amends a few moments later and only two sharp saves from Hildebrand denied him a second.

  • Souleymane Camara
    4
    5
    1.50

    Souleymane Camara Flop of the Match

    Denied any real decent service in the first half, he was never really able to give Metzelder much of a problem at the heart of the Schalke defence. Replaced by Utaka in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Younes Belhanda
    7
    2
    2.50

    Younes Belhanda

    Failed to make much of an impact although he did add some much-needed pace to his side's attack.

  • Romain Pitau
    6
    1
    4.00

    Romain Pitau

    Came on at the break and revitalised his side's play. He had a hand in the equaliser and swung the midfield battle in his side's favour with some excellent passing. An inspired change from Rene Girard.

  • John Utaka
    6
    1
    3.00

    John Utaka

    Almost provided Herrera with a late winner, his direct running had Howedes and Co. worried in the closing minutes.

  • Timo Hildebrand
    15
    2
    4.00

    Timo Hildebrand

    Almost a spectator in the first half, he was fortunate to have Uchida on hand to spare his blushes as he failed to deal with Mounier's run at goal. Made two smart saves to deny Herrera a winner late on.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    20
    2
    3.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    Rarely tested to any real degree in the first half. He ghosted in at the far post to nod home Metzelder's knock-down and was generally assured at the back all night.

  • Christoph Metzelder
    8
    3
    3.00

    Christoph Metzelder

    Little to do in the first half, he set-up defensive partner Howedes with a great header to put his side in the lead. Was unlucky to see his block from Herrera's header fall kindly at the feet of the Argentine.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    26
    3
    4.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Uncompromising in the tackle, and made a fantastic goal-line clearance to keep his side from going behind after the restart. A resilient display at the back.

  • Sead Kolasinac
    14
    3
    3.00

    Sead Kolasinac

    Was alert to snuff out a chance for Camara in the first half, and generally belied his age and experience with an accomplished performance. Could have done more to stop Mounier's cross for Herrera's goal.

  • Lewis Holtby
    16
    3
    4.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Showed a superb range of passing early on as he picked out the forwards in between the lines. A lively presence throughout and he created a gilt-edged chance for Pukki to seal the win with a superb free-kick.

  • Tranquillo Barnetta
    3
    4
    2.50

    Tranquillo Barnetta

    Caused a few problems for the hosts' midfield with his runs from deep, and was denied a clear shot at goal by an unfortunate bobble on the uneven surface. Tailed off in the second half, and was ultimately replaced.

  • Julian Draxler
    31
    6
    4.00

    Julian Draxler Top of the Match

    Looked comfortable and confident on the ball throughout proceedings, pulling the strings superbly between midfield and attack. Flighted in the free-kick which led to the goal. He faded from play as he began to tire late on.

  • Roman Neustädter
    5
    4
    2.50

    Roman Neustädter

    Took control of the middle of the park in the first half, but found himself under much more pressure when Pitau came on and lost some of his control of midfield.

  • Ciprian Marica
    4
    11
    1.50

    Ciprian Marica

    A better first touch would have granted him a clear sight of goal in the first half. He linked the play well but found chances few and far between in the second period, and was replaced by Huntelaar as Schalke sought a winner.

  • Teemu Pukki
    6
    6
    2.00

    Teemu Pukki

    Missed an absolute sitter when he steered wide from point-blank range in the first half. He also failed to connect to Holtby's cross late in the second half. A willing runner all night until he was replaced late on.

Substitutions

  • Jermaine Jones
    7
    2
    3.00

    Jermaine Jones

    Came on for Barnetta but couldn't impact upon the game any more than the Switzerland man, although he did work hard to help his side clinch a point.

  • Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi
    4
    6
    2.50

    Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi

    Came on for the closing minutes but was unable to make an impact.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    8
    5
    2.50

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Came on for the final 15 minutes as Schalke pushed for a winner, but was denied any real opportunity in front of goal.

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