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  • October 16, 2010
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: F. Meyer
  • • Attendance: 61163

Schalke 2-2 Stuttgart: Huntelaar Salvages Draw For Struggling Hosts

Schalke 2-2 Stuttgart: Huntelaar Salvages Draw For Struggling Hosts

Neither side were able to grab a much needed victory in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

Schalke and Stuttgart played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Veltins Arena in a game that both sides needed to win. Timo Gebhart opened the scoring before Edu pegged the away side back. Substitute Martin Harnik looked like scoring a late winner before a Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty earned Schalke a share of the spoils.

The first chance of the game fell to Ciprian Marica courtesy of German number one Manuel Neuer. A hopeful long-ball from Arthur Boka on seven minutes caught Christoph Metzelder and co off-guard as Marica raced through on goal. Quick thinking Neuer came out of his area to clear the ball but in doing deflected the ball off the Romanian international and was lucky to see the ball trickle just wide of the post.

A minute later Die Schwaben came close again to opening the scoring with Marica again finding space after making a run off a Cacau through-ball. This time Neuer did well to tip his low-effort around the post for a corner. From the resulting Timo Gebhart set-piece, Zdravko Kuzmanovic found himself unmarked but could not get his header on target.

Yet the away side only had to wait until the 15th minute for the goal their impressive start had so thoroughly deserved. Arthur Boka made a fantastic run down the left wing and was given space to play a low ball into the Schalke box. The intended target, Marica was unable to get his foot to the ball yet Gebhart was on cue to smash the ball into the net.

Stuttgart remained in the ascendancy and on 26 minutes had a goal chalked off for offside, a decision that looked disputable on replays. Gebhart's ball into the box deceived everyone as it eventually fell to Cacau to smash into an empty net. Unfortunately for Die Roten the linesman's flag was up.

However against the run of play the home side were straight back in the game on 29 minutes. A Jose Jurado corner from the right was met on the volley by the Brazilian Edu. Ulreich did get a hand to the ball but was helpless to stop the Schalke equalizer.

The second half started at a slower pace than the first with the home side seeing a lot more of the ball. Benedikt Howedes, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Raul all missed decent opportunities in the first ten minutes of the second period to take the lead.

The Gelsenkirchen outfit continued to probe the Stuttgart defense and in the minute Raul missed a glorious chance. The away team failed to clear their lines as Jurado was allowed time to volley the ball weakly at Ulreich. However, the young 'keeper inexplicably fumbled the ball straight to Raul six yards out who somehow managed to hit the ball wide of the goal when it looked easier to score.

Yet on 74 minutes Stuttgart gave Die Koenigsblauen a taste of their own medicine by scoring against the run of play. Christian Traesch played a brilliant through ball to substitute Martin Harnik on the right. The Austrian was able to cut in and score with a low left-footed drive to give the away the lead for the second time.

Die Roten were only able to hold the lead for five minutes as Tasci brought down Metzelder in the area to gift Schalke a penalty. Huntelaar stepped up to strike the resulting spot-kick into the top right-hand corner for his sixth Bundesliga goal this season and a point for his team.

Schalke now entertain Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Wednesday while Stuttgart play Getafe in the Europa League at home on Thursday.

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