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  • August 31, 2014
  • • 00:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: M. Fritz
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  • 62'
    Assist Sidney Sam
  • 62'
    Goal Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
  • 60'
    Substitution Jerome Boateng Dante
  • 59'
    The first touch for Bernat is a good one. He takes a Rode pass and beats Ayhan along the left before winning his side a free kick a few yards outside the area.
  • 57'
    Substitution Mario Götze Juan Bernat
  • 57'
    Pep Guardiola makes a substitution to try and shore things up in midfield. Mario Gotze comes off, with Juan Bernat on in his place. It is a defensive change as Schalke begin to enjoy some more time on the ball.
  • 56'
    Schalke do look much better moving forward, however. Sam has come to life a bit in this second half, but Bayern continue to defend superbly.
  • 54'
    VERY POOR FROM CHOUPO-MOTING! He gets on the end of a through ball and is clean in on goal from 25 yards out. He waits and waits, before Boateng finally catches him from behind and the chance goes begging.
  • 52'
    Schalke get their first shot on target, and it comes after a nicely worked counter attack. Meyer's cross is met by Draxler, but his header is collected easily by Neuer.
  • 50'
    So much space for Draxler on the left, but he waits too long and then gets dispossessed after some good defensive work from Shaqiri. Moments later, Draxler gets on the end of a long ball forward, but goes down far too easily after the contact with Boateng.
  • 48'
    Bayern start the second half much like the did the first. Some good early possession sees them win a corner, but Fahrmann bravely comes out to collect the cross.
  • 46'
    Schalke get this second half underway. No changes at the break, but we will see if there is a difference in the way Schalke approach these final 45 minutes.
  • The players have made their way back out onto the pitch as we get set to kick-off the second half at the Veltins Arena.
  • STAT ATTACK: The last time Bayern conceded more than one goal on their travels in the league was back in May of 2013, a stretch of 17 matches. They have kept nine clean sheets during this span.
  • HALF TIME: SCHALKE 0-1 BAYERN MUNICH. The visitors have been in complete control through the opening 45 minutes and if not for the goalkeeping of Fahrmann, they would be three or four goals up. Schalke are out of ideas in attack, while Bayern are carving up this defence like a hot knife through butter.
  • 45' + 1'
    Bayern pass the final minute away and will be more than content headed into the break.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Julian Draxler
  • 45'
    One minute to be added on...
  • 44'
    Possession has evened itself out in the latter portion of the half, but the difference between what the two sides have done with their time on the ball remains the deciding factor. Bayern smooth in possession, making lovely runs off the ball, while Schalke are seriously lacking creativity.
  • 42'
    WHAT IS NEUER DOING! He charges more than 40 yards out to clear a through ball, but his clearance is very poor as it goes straight to Ayhan. The right-back has a look up, and tries a shot with Neuer nowhere near his net, but puts it well wide of the target! What a chance that was.
  • 40'
    Substitution Jan Kirchhoff Roman Neustädter
  • 40'
    Odd moment here as Kirchhoff, who just ran back out onto the pitch, is taken off no more than 30 seconds later. It is not a tactical switch, but like for like, with Kirchhoff likely not able to carry on.
  • 39'
    Xabi Alonso, the one communicating with Neuer to place the wall in the right position, gets a block on the free kick and the opportunity is wasted.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Rode
  • 38'
    First real chance for Schalke as Sebastian Rode takes down Hoger near the top of the box, giving Die Knappen a free kick from 25 yards out. Meanwhile, Kirchhoff looks to be alright to carry on as he makes his way back out onto the pitch.
  • 36'
    More bad news for the hosts as Jan Kirchhoff is down grabbing his knee. He looks to be in some real discomfort as the medical staff makes their way out to attend to him.
  • 34'
    The pressure on Schalke's goal has been relieved a bit in the past 10 minutes, but the hosts have not managed any pressure of their own. Bayern are incredibly calm and poised at the back, making it extremely difficult for Schalke to find a way through.
  • 32'
    STAT ATTACK: Schalke have won just one of their last 14 meetings with Bayern at the Veltins Arena. Their last victory came in 2010, with Jurado and Benedikt Howedes securing a 2-0 victory for the hosts.
  • 30'
    Schalke's main form of defence in this first half has come in the form of desperate, last ditch challenges. Meanwhile, they have been non-existent in attack. They have yet to break on a threatening counter, despite the speed they have on the wings.
  • 28'
    The pace has slowed to a near halt here as the ball has hardly left midfield in the last few minutes. Bayern continue to enjoy the bulk of possession, while Schalke run up their foul count showing a bit of frustration.
  • 26'
    First attempt from Schalke and it is through Sidney Sam, also the first time we have seen him on the ball. He unleashes a bullet from 30 yards out, but it swerves well wide of the target.
  • 24'
    Schalke, whether it's for a lack of trying or just general discouragement with how the first 25 minutes have gone, have no urgency. Bayern have slowed the tempo significantly, and are passing it around at will. It looks as if they are playing on the training ground.
  • 22'
    STAT ATTACK: In their last seven head-to-head Bundesliga matches, Bayern have outscored Schalke 23-2, picking up maximum points.
  • 20'
    Gotze gets on the end of a ball played over the top, with Schalke again nowhere to be found in defence. A heavy first touch from the midfielder forces him to take the ball wide, however, and the chance never materializes.
  • 18'
    INCHES WIDE! Xabi Alonso lofts a free kick over the defence, with Muller and Lewandowski both allowed to run at it uncontested. Muller gets a touch, but cannot flick it inside the post.
  • 17'
    Yellow Card Marco Höger
  • 16'
    Muller is called offside, as Bayern nearly bag their second of the game. Schalke cannot seem to track the runs of Die Roten's forwards, and now the second yellow card of the match is shown to Hoger for his cynical challenge.
  • 14'
    The visitors have taken their foot off the gas a bit after a dominating opening 10 minutes, as they pass it around in typical Pep Guardiola fashion. Schalke hardly pressing the ball, and these Bayern players have all the time in the world to make a pass.
  • 13'
    Yellow Card Jan Kirchhoff
  • 12'
    Bayern doing as they please early on. Schalke struggling to get on the ball and they are an absolute mess at the back. Kirchhoff takes down Gotze in midfield to stop a quick attack and earns himself the first yellow of the game.
  • 10'
    Assist Sebastian Rode
  • 10'
    Goal Robert Lewandowski
    Absolutely horrendous defending from Schalke. They are in shambles early on here. Chance after chance for Bayern and they finally have their opener. Rode works a give-and-go with Lewandowski who has the easiest of tap-ins.
  • 8'
    STAT ATTACK: There have been eight first half goals in the last three head-to-head meetings between the two teams.
  • 6'
    ANOTHER BRILLIANT SAVE! Rode picks out Lahm on the right. He sends a superb pass into the area for Gotze, but Fahrmann, who was rushing to his right, somehow gets down to his left to keep the effort out! Two magnificent saves or we could be looking at a 2-0 scoreline already.
  • 4'
    FANTASTIC SAVE BY FAHRMANN! Lovely build-up from Bayern. Lahm plays a ball over the top for Lewandowski, who picks out Muller in the centre. The striker's first time shot is just pushed over the bar by the outstretched arms of the keeper.
  • 3'
    Bayern get on the front foot straight away and keep possession well in the attacking half. Plenty of space on the flanks for Alaba and Shaqiri. Schalke have to be more wary of those two or it could prove to be a long afternoon for them.
  • 1'
    Bayern kick-off and we are underway at the Veltins Arena, as some light rain drizzles over the pitch. The visitors, moving left to right, are in their white tops and red shorts, with Schalke sporting their blue home kits.
  • Schalke are lining up very differently than they did in their opening loss to Hannover. Howedes slides to right-back, with Felipe Santana in at centre-back and Sead Kolasinac moving to the bench. Meanwhile in midfield, the injured Kevin-Prince Boateng is out, replaced by Jan Kirchhoff. Maxim Choupo-Moting starts at striker after playing as a winger last week, with Max Meyer getting the start and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar moving to the bench.
  • SCHALKE SUBS: Clemens, Aogo, Obasi, Fuchs, Barnetta, Wetklo, Neustadter.
  • SCHALKE (4-2-3-1): Fahrmann; Ayhan, Santana, Matip, Howedes; Kirchhoff, Hoger; Draxler, Meyer, Sam; Choupo-Moting.
  • The big news is Xabi Alonso who makes his Bayern debut after signing with the club just a couple short days ago. He starts in midfield alongside Sebastian Rode who impressed after coming on as a substitute last Friday. Arjen Robben, last week's hero, drops out of the XI due to injury, and is replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri.
  • BAYERN SUBS: Dante, Pizarro, Guadino, Bernat, Reina, Hojbjerg, Green.
  • BAYERN MUNICH (3-4-1-2): Nauer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber; Rode, Alonso, Alaba, Shaqiri; Gotze; Muller, Lewandowski.
  • The teams have been announced, so let us have ourselves a look at the starting line-ups:
  • Schalke have been less than impressive throughout the preseason, and it appears to have spilled over into league play. Jens Keller's men looked pedestrian in their opener against Hannover, a match they lost 2-1. They have lost five of their last six matches (including friendlies), with just one draw against second division side Bochum. They need to right the ship immediately, but a date with Bayern is hardly the best way to get back on track.
  • Bayern kicked-off their title defence in style last weekend, picking up three points in front of their home fans. After dominating the opening hour of play, they had to fend off a late Wolfsburg surge, but managed to hold on for the win. Die Roten have fared quite well at the Veltins Arena in recent years, and this should prove to be a great tune up game for them as they prepare for what many are touting as the 'Group of Death' in this year's edition of the Champions League.
  • Welcome to the match of the day in the Bundesliga, as the second Saturday of the season wraps up with Bayern Munich traveling to Gelsinkirchen to take on Schalke at the Veltins Arena. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!