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September 19, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 49358‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Schalke 3-0 Steaua Bucharest

Jens Keller's side light up Gelskirchen with a sparkling second half display against the Romanians as Ushida, Boateng and Draxler fire Die Konigsblausen to victory

By Harry Slavin

  • Timo Hildebrand
    2
    0
    3.00

    Timo Hildebrand

    Produced a fine stop to keep out Tanase in the first period as the visitors threatened on the counter. Had much less to do in the second period as Schalke finally hit the front foot, although Popa did produce a heart-in-mouth moment for the German keeper.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    2
    0
    3.00

    Benedikt Höwedes

    A solid performance from the centre-back who commanded his half of the field all night, never mind the penalty area.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    2
    0
    4.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    Tenacious effort to get up and down the right flank all evening and was rewarded by virtue of one of the most fortunate goals you are likely to see in the Champions Leagu this year.

  • Joel Matip
    1
    0
    3.00

    Joel Matip

    Partnered Howedes efficiently and made light work of Steaua's one and only striker. Turned inside out by Popa though on a couple of occasions and there will be sterner tests to come in this group.

  • Julian Draxler
    1
    0
    4.00

    Julian Draxler

    Showed glimpses early on as to why he is considered one of Germany's hottest prospects. Showed great awareness to set up Boateng for the second and even greater vision still to dink the ball over Tatarusanu for the third.

  • Marco Höger
    0
    1
    3.00

    Marco Höger

    Booked in the opening period for a cutting down a rampaging Stanciu. Was on the receiving end of a few bruising tackles himself though as he just about got the upper hand in the midfield battle.

  • Jefferson Agustin Farfán
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jefferson Agustin Farfán

    The Peruvian's night was made a lot easier by the work of his team-mate Ushida who was more than happy to get beyond him at any time. Played a part in the second and third goals but didn't play with the usual flair he reserves for the Champions League.

  • Roman Neustädter
    1
    0
    3.00

    Roman Neustädter

    An efficient display in midfield as he marshaled the centre with Hoger to give Boateng & Co the space to create ahead of them.

  • Dennis Aogo
    2
    0
    3.50

    Dennis Aogo

    Happy to get beyond Draxler and plough up and down the left hand side early on but his freedom was curtailed as Steaua wisened up to the space they were affording down the flanks as the game wore on.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    3
    0
    4.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng Top of the Match

    The former Milan star loves playing in the Champions League and he was in his element this evening, arriving in the box late on several occasions and grabbing a well deserved goal with a quality first time finish.

  • Adam Szalai
    0
    1
    3.00

    Adam Szalai

    Created his only opportunity of the opening period with a clever dummy but his shot lacked power. The volume of crosses for the lone striker was high but the quality wasn't, leaving the striker with few chances to notch this evening.

Substitutions

  • Christian Fuchs
    0
    0

    Christian Fuchs

    A satisfying cameo as he set up Draxler for the third and final goal.

  • Leon Goretzka
    0
    0

    Leon Goretzka

    Came on too late to influence proceedings.

  • Christian Clemens
    1
    0

    Christian Clemens

    Almost added a fourth but struck the post from Ushida's cut-back.

  • Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu
    0
    1
    2.00

    Ciprian Anton Tatarusanu Flop of the Match

    An awful mix up with Szukala to gift Schalke the lead was a bitter blow after the keeper worked hard to preserve his clean-sheet in the opening period. Outclassed for the other two strikes too.

  • Łukasz Szukala
    0
    0
    2.50

    Łukasz Szukala

    Able to deal with every ball into the area in the first half no problem as Draxler and Farfan saw their deliveries swatted away time and again. Accomplished display was left in tatters however by gaff for Ushida's opener.

  • Florin Gardoş
    0
    0
    3.00

    Florin Gardoş

    Like his central defensive partner, coped admirably with crosses throughout, showing good awareness as well to thwart attacks out wide when the time was right. Caught out by some clever passes for the final two strikes however.

  • Iasmin Latovlevici
    0
    0
    2.50

    Iasmin Latovlevici

    Afforded Schalke a lot of room down the right, not knowing how to handle Farfan's pace. Was often left exposed by the lack of tracking back in the Steaua side that saw Ushida gain a lot of joy too.

  • Daniel Georgievski
    0
    0
    3.00

    Daniel Georgievski

    Went missing in the early stages as Draxler was afforded the freedom of the Steaua half. Another who struggled with the volume of Schalke players due to a lack of help from in front of him.

  • Mihai Doru Pintilii
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mihai Doru Pintilii

    A decent performance as Schalke struggled in the first half to get the ball to Boateng in the centre due to tireless work from Pintilii. Fatigue caught up with him though and lost players for the final two strikes.

  • Cristian Tanase
    0
    0
    3.00

    Cristian Tanase

    Stung the palms of Hildebrand early on with a quality strike one of the more lively players to star for Steaua but reluctant to get back at times.

  • Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu
    0
    0
    3.50

    Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu

    Another who was happy to get forward, getting Hoger in the book after being impeded as he raced through the Schalke half. Wasted the free kick chance though and other opportunities to link up with Kapetanos.

  • Alexandru Bourceanu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexandru Bourceanu

    A bad tempered performance saw the captain lucky to stay on the pitch. Booked early on and clumsy in the tackle as the game went on, his lack of composure on the night overshadowed his set piece abilities, which caused problems on occasions.

  • Adrian Popa I
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adrian Popa I

    The most dangerous player the visitors had to offer as Popa popped up time and again to test the nerve of the Bundesliga side's defence. twisted them inside out on more than one occasion and was unlucky not to score.

  • Pantelis Kapetanos
    0
    0
    2.50

    Pantelis Kapetanos

    Not the most fruitful of nights for the centre forward who cut a frustrated figure waiting for the creative trio to try and pick him out all evening. Eventually fluffed his lines when the ball came to him at a corner and was subbed to curtail his misery.

Substitutions

  • Adrian Cristea
    0
    0

    Adrian Cristea

    A very brief outing that was only marked by a booking after crunching Hoger.

  • Leandro Ângelo Martins
    0
    0

    Leandro Ângelo Martins

    Came on and subsequently had to go back off with an injury after colliding with Neustadter.

  • Federico Piovaccari
    0
    0

    Federico Piovaccari

    Appeared late on but didn't influence proceedings at all.

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