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Played
October 16, 2010 2:30 PM BST
Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen
Referee:‬ F. Meyer‎
Attendance:‬ 61163‎
 
29′ Edu
Timo Gebhart 15′
80′ (PG) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Top of the Match
Christian Träsch
Christian Träsch
VfB Stuttgart
Flop of the Match
Atsuto Uchida
Atsuto Uchida
Schalke 04

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...

By Luke Matthews

Bundesliga: SC Freiburg - FC Schalke 04, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Getty Images)
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 as a hopeful long-ball from Arthur Boka caught Christoph Metzelder and company off-guard. Marica raced through on goal and Manuel Neuer came out of his area to clear the danger but in doing so 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 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 cross 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 the visitors 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 equaliser.

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 defence 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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Schalke 04

1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
3.00
13
Lukas Schmitz
Defender
2.00
4
2.50
21
2.50
22
Atsuto Uchida
Defender
2.00
9
Edu
Midfielder
29′ 85′
3.00
32
Joel Matip
Midfielder
71′
2.50
8
Christoph Moritz
Midfielder
2.50
18
Jurado
Midfielder
29′ 75′
3.00
25
2.50
7
Raúl
Striker
3.00

VfB Stuttgart

2.50
1
Sven Ulreich
Goalkeeper
2.50
15
Arthur Boka
Defender
15′
2.50
5
3.00
6
2.50
22
2.50
20
2.50
17
3.50
15
2.50
10
Timo Gebhart
Midfielder
15′ 71′
2.50
18
Cacau
Striker
77′
3.00
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Substitutes

33
0.00
14
0.00
-
0.00
77
0.00
24
Peer Kluge
Midfielder
71′
0.00
9
0.00
17
Hao Junmin
Midfielder
85′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
23
Marc Ziegler
Goalkeeper
0.00
3
0.00
21
0.00
13
Patrick Funk
Midfielder
0.00
24
Mamadou Bah
Midfielder
0.00
7
0.00
29

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
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Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
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18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
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18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Dortmund
15 5