The U.S. midfielder received his second yellow card in the 64th minute, but his club still secured passage to the group stage.A red card to U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones on Tuesday helped put a scare in Schalke's Champions League group stage plans, but the German club ultimately advanced all the same.
Jones, who has earned a reputation for collecting cautions, received his second yellow card in the 64th minute of Schalke's playoff against Greek side PAOK with the match tied 1-1 and 2-2 on aggregate. Attempting to dribble out of pressure, Jones lost possession and promptly tried to win it back with a lunging challenge from behind that took out Dimitris Salpingidis.
But Julian Draxler gave Schalke the lead three minutes later, and also ensured it would win any away-goals tiebreaker. Although a Kostas Katsouranis strike tied the aggregate score, creating nervous moments for 10-man Schalke late, a 90th-minute tally from Adam Szalai clinched Schalke's passage to the group stage with a 3-2 triumph (4-3 aggregate).
It was the seventh red card of Jones' club career, and his second in the Champions League. In December, he received a four-match Bundesliga suspension after seeing red for a tackle from behind in a 3-1 loss to Stuttgart.