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UEFA Champions League

  • 3 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: S. Karasev
  • • Attendance: 50004

Live Commentary

  • And that's that. Schalke will not be able to believe that they've drawn this one. They were dominant throughout, but shot themselves in the foot with some calamitous finishing, and were duly punished. Stay tuned to for all the reaction from the Champions League.
  • 90'
    Assist Jonathan Tinhan
  • 90'
    Goal Souleymane Camara
    GOAL!! UNBELIEVABLE! They've nicked a draw! The ball falls to Tinhan on the edge of the box, and he forces it back to Camara, who fizzes an awesome shot past Unnerstall and into the bottom corner.
  • 90'
    Another astounding miss. Schalke attack in numbers, but are intent on passing it amongst themselves, rather than shooting. So poor.
  • 89'
    WHAT A MISS! Farfan pulls it across the face of goal for Huntelaar, who has the simplest of tap-ins, but screws it wide.
  • 88'
    Huntelaar darts inside from the right wing and tries to flick the ball between two defenders, but his pass is blocked off. So poor, once again.
  • 85'
    Afellay! Finally a moment of quality from either side. The Dutchman skips inside from the left wing and unleashes a fierce effort which Jourdren does brilliantly to palm away.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionLewis Holtby Tranquillo Barnetta
  • 84'
    Holtby gets his reward for a hard shift in the centre of the park and can finally rest: Barnetta has replaced him,
  • 83'
    So, so wasteful. Holtby slips the ball into Huntelaar, who tries to dribble past a defender, but he didn't look as though his heart was in it, and the visitors recover possession.
  • 82'
    What a waste. Cabella has a fantastic opportunity to swing in a cross from a set piece, but gives possession straight to Unnerstall.
  • 81'
    This is really sloppy from both sides, who seem determined to give the other side possession.
  • 78'
    Some decent play from Farfan now. The Peruvian accelerates down the right, but is closed down rapidly and is forced to concede possession.
  • 77'
    A rare threatening moment from Montpellier there. Cabella receives the ball about 22 yards from goal, but rather than passing to one of his unmarked team-mates, tries some quick skill and is easily dispossessed.
  • 75'
    Enigmatic Montpellier president Louis Nicollin is in the house tonight. I doubt the outspoken one will be particularly happy with his team's performance tonight.
  • 73'
    It's another fantastic delivery from Fuchs, who picks out Papadopoulos once more, but the Greek defender cannot make meaningful contact on it and it sails well over the bar.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Daniel Congré
  • 72'
    Afellay impresses for the first time with a dart down the left, but is stopped in his tracks by a vicious tackle, and Schalke have the chance to threaten with another Fuchs set piece.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Rémy Cabella
  • 70'
    Just 20 minutes left tonight now. Schalke's momentum has died down a bit, but, frankly, an exercise in caution will see them win. Montpellier have offered nothing this half.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionYounes Belhanda Jonathan Tinhan
  • 68'
    SubstitutionM. Estrada Joris Marveaux
  • 68'
    And now Montpellier use their final two substitutions, and, inexplicably, have withdrawn Belhanda.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionTeemu Pukki J. Farfán
  • 66'
    And now Pukki, who has been disappointing throughout, is replaced by Farfan, who makes his comeback.
  • 65'
    HUNTELAAR! Holtby pulls the ball back from the left wing and the Dutchman meets it magnificently on the edge of the box and unleashes a stunning volley which Jourdren palms away brilliantly.
  • 63'
    Montpellier have settled somewhat over the last couple of minutes, but a comeback truly seems beyond them. I'd still back Schalke here, 100 per cent.
  • 61'
    Another fantastic corner from Fuchs is met by Papadopoulos (who else?), but the Greek defender's header sails well over the bar. It's astounding that they haven't made more of their set piece opportunities.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Souleymane Camara
  • 60'
    Camara picks up the latest booking of what has been a fiesty encounter for a late lunge on Hoger. Montpellier really need to keep their discipline now of all times.
  • 59'
    Predictably, Schalke are in full control now, bossing possession in the middle of the park. It seems inevitable that the Germans will score one more soon enough and kill this game off...
  • 57'
    Back to matters on the pitch now. Surely there's no way back for 10-man Montpellier now?
  • 55'
    SubstitutionJulian Draxler Ibrahim Afellay
    Inevitably, Draxler has been substituted. He was on magnificent form today and it would be a real shame if he has broken his arm... Afellay comes on to replace him.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionKarim Ait Fana Daniel Congré
  • 54'
    Disturbingly for Schalke, Draxler has been stretchered off with what looks like a broken arm. He certainly fell horribly.
  • 53'
    Penalty Goal Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    GOAL! Huntelaar might have missed from the spot against Olympiakos, but tucks the ball home superbly. 2-1 to the hosts!
  • 52'
    Red Card Garry Bocaly
    PENALTY TO SCHALKE! Draxler goes on a fantastic run, fooling a string of defender with some magnificent skill, but it brought down by Bocaly, who is promptly dismissed.
  • 51'
    Predictably, perhaps, it's Schalke who have started the second half as the stronger of the two teams, but as they've poured men forward, they've left gaps at the back. Given the performance of Cabella and Belhanda today, they could be found out.
  • 49'
    Great chance! Schalke create mayhem with a Draxler corner which Papadopoulos head down, but Howedes can't quite manage to stick out a leg to turn it in.
  • 48'
    Pukki! Draxler feeds the Finnish striker, who shoots from the right-hand corner of the box, but Jourdren gets down low to palm it away. Not a bad strike at all.
  • 47'
    Pukki tries to show some quick feet on the right wing, but lets the ball slip out of play and looks frustrated with himself.
  • 46'
    And we're back! Montpellier get the second half started, and immediately win a throw on the right wing.
  • The teams are back out on the pitch and we're about to see the second half. Can either side grab a winner? A thrilling 45 minutes awaits...
  • And that's half-time. It's been an interesting game of football contested by two teams who are looking to build attacks. There have been one or two nervy moments for both defences, but it looks as though this one could go right down to the wire.
  • 45' + 1'
    Yellow Card M. Estrada
    Marco Estrada becomes the latest player to pick up a booking, this time for a tackle on Hotlby. He could consider himself lucky not see red.
  • 43'
    Yanga-Mbiwa charges up-field and is almost caught out when Draxler feeds Pukki, but the Finn can't get the ball out of his feet and eventually shoots wide.
  • 42'
    Cabella dribbles himself into trouble near his own goal line, and Fuchs, rather than accepting a corner, elects to keep the ball in play and it comes to nothing.
  • 40'
    Papadopoulos is livid in the centre of the park after he is pulled up for a foul on the skilful Belhanda.
  • 39'
    Great chance! Papadopoulos meets a Fuchs corner at the near post and heads it across goal, but it drifts wide. Perhaps Huntelaar could have stuck out a boot and finished that one off!
  • 37'
    Just eight minutes until the break now - will either side manage to take a lead into the changing rooms? Schalke are turning the screw...
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Jamel Saihi
    And now Montpellier have had their first player carded as Saihi tugs back Neustadter as the former Gladbach man looked to counter.
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Lewis Holtby
    Holtby picks up a booking - Schalke's second of the game - after charging into Bocaly. So both the Germany international and Huntelaar need to be careful now.
  • 31'
    Schalke have got their reward for some typically industrious forward play, but this game is still in the balance: the hosts could easily score another, but as Belhanda proved, the visitors are not to be underestimated either. This one could go all the way...
  • 29'
    What a strike! Younes Belhanda could be one of the stars of the Champions League for years to come, and he showed just why there with a weaving run that beat a string of Schalke players before sending an effort just wide of Unnerstall's left-hand post. the hosts' keeper was beaten there!
  • 28'
    Schalke are not satisfied with just the one goal: Uchida tears down the right once more, but was always slightly off-balance and his cross goes behind before reaching the box.
  • 26'
    Assist Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • 26'
    Goal Julian Draxler
    GOAL!! Huntelaar receives the ball with his back to goal, pivots, and tickles the perfect pass through to Draxler, who rounds Jourdren and taps it into the empty net. Schalke are level, and their best player on the night has got his rewards.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    And now we do have our first booking of the match. Huntelaar and Saihi look to take possession of the same loose ball, but the Dutchman slides in and promptly picks up a yellow. It was certainly a striker's tackle...
  • 23'
    Fuchs gets a talking to from the referee for a lunging tackle on Cabella. Perhaps the Austrian defender was lucky to avoid a booking there.
  • 22'
    Huntelaar! Fuchs takes everyone by surprise with a huge throw, but the Dutch striker is alert and brings the ball down brilliantly, only to volley a wild shot high and wide. Pukki was begging for it in the middle...
  • 20'
    Great chance! Draxler is on song tonight! This time the 19-year-old latches onto a well-weighted through ball, but, from a narrow angle and under close attention from a defender, can only hook an effort narrowly wide.
  • 18'
    A couple of little moments, both involving the increasingly influential Draxler. First, the teenager smashes a shot high and wide, before latching onto a through ball and forcing a decent save from Jourdren.
  • 17'
    Schalke combine well on the edge of the box, but it's all a little too intricate and they eventually surrender possession. The visitors look to break, only for Camara to be called offside.
  • 16'
    Montpellier, of course, went a goal up in their first group game against Arsenal, only to fall behind soon after. They must hold on to what they have here today.
  • 15'
    Schalke return with renewed vigour and after some slick build-up play, the ball breaks to Draxler, who lets fly from 20 yards, but Jourdren gets behind it, and pounces on the rebound before the onrushing Huntelaar can do any damage.
  • 13'
    Assist Rémy Cabella
  • 13'
    Goal Karim Ait Fana
    GOAL!! That was a special strike! Cabella picks up the ball on the right hand side of the Schalke box, evades a series of challenges from the defence and lays it off to Ait-Fana, who bends a magnificent shot over Unnerstall and into the top corner.
  • 12'
    Great play! Uchida latches onto a perfectly-weighted through ball on the right hand side of the box and pulls it back to Pukki, but the Finn's shot is tame and charged down easily.
  • 10'
    Montpellier enjoy their first prolonged period of possession in midfield and try to thread a ball through to the front line, but it was slightly over-hit and runs through to Unnerstall.
  • 9'
    Great ball! Fuchs floats in a lovely cross and picks out the run of Huntelaar, who meets the ball a fraction early and heads it over. That was a real chance to test Jourdren!
  • 8'
    Schalke have the chance to launch an early ball into the box from a Fuchs free kick...
  • 6'
    There's been a couple of inventive moments from both sides then, so far, but it looks as though the hosts are the more comfortable in possession.
  • 4'
    Ait-Fana tries to take on Uchida on the Montpellier left wing, and manages to buy a throw. That could be a fascinating battle.
  • 2'
    That was risky! Camara tries to get around his marker on the edge of the area with a deft flick, and furiously appeals for a penalty after it appears to strike an arm. The referee, however, refuses to blow up for a penalty.
  • 1'
    Uchida makes a thrilling dart forward and Papadopoulos tries to pick the Japan defender out, but it's well cut out by the defence, who soon clear.
  • 1'
    Uchida makes a thrilling dart forward and Papadopoulos tries to pick the Japan defender out, but it's well cut out by the defence, who soon clear.
  • 1'
    And we're off! Schalke have got the game started, and with their fans in full voice, settle into a passage of possession.
  • The teams are on the Veltins Arena pitch, and after we hear the ever-exciting Champions League anthem and get the pleasantries out of the way, these two sides will be kicking off!
  • So. What will happen? Will Schalke record a second straight Champions League victory as they look to build another run in the competition, or will Montpellier record their first ever win in Europe's top tournament after losing their opening game to Arsenal? You can get in touch with me, Enis Koylu, via Twitter (@eniskoylu). I look forward to hearing from you...
  • Montpellier, meanwhile, line up with: Jourdren; Bocaly, Yanga-Mbiwa, Hilton, Stambouli; Estrada, Saihi; Cabella, Belhanda, Ait-Fana; Camara
  • The line-ups are out. Schalke begin the game with Unnerstall; Uchida, Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs; Hoger, Neustadter; Draxler, Holtby, Pukki; Huntelaar
  • Good evening! It's matchday two of the Champions League and Schalke are hosting Ligue 1 holders Montpellier at the Veltins Arena. The Konigsblauen have an impeccable record against French sides at home and will be eager to put themselves in a fantastic position to make the latter stages of the tournament by claiming their second win of the competition.