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  • November 20, 2010
  • • 14:30
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 61673

Live Commentary

  • It really is a bitter blow for Schaaf, who is under increasing pressure. That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed today's coverage!
  • FULL TIME! Metzelder's opener might have been lucky, but Raul's hat trick certainly earned three points for Schalke, who climb from the depths of the relegation zone. Perhaps this is the beginning of more good things to come from the resurgent Koenigsblauen.
  • 88'
    Edu turns his marker with ease, then crosses, but Farfan slips and cannot reach the Brazilian's cross. Do the hosts have another goal in them?
  • 86'
    Bargfrede is off! Yet another poor challenge from the young midfielder results in a second yellow card. Curiously, Jurado is the man who draws the foul. He sure has taken his share of abuse since coming in!
  • 85'
    Yellow/Red Philipp Bargfrede
  • 84'
    HUNTELAAR AGAIN! I hate to sound like a broken record, but he just keeps challenging Wiese, who keeps making outstanding saves! This time, the former Real Madrid man heads a cross, and surely enough, Wiese parries it off the post and out for a corner. If not for the goalkeeper's heroics, Bremen could be down 6-0 as was the case two weeks ago against Stuttgart!
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Torsten Frings
  • 83'
    And now Frings goes into the book for a poor challenge on Jurado.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Philipp Bargfrede
  • 82'
    Bargfrede now goes into the book for a cynical challenge on Jurado.
  • 82'
    HUNTELAAR! What a save by Wiese! The Dutchman had his header from close range JUST barely saved. What a chance!
  • 81'
    Fritz whips in a cross and Almeida heads towards goal, but is a bit too far out to beat Neuer. The Schalke goalkeeper catches the ball rather easily.
  • 81'
    Fritz whips in a cross and Almeida heads towards goal, but is a bit too far out to beat Neuer. The Schalke goalkeeper catches the ball rather easily.
  • 80'
    CHANCE FOR SCHALKE! Oh, good goalkeeping by Wiese! Huntelaar nearly gets his name on the score sheet, but his low shot is blocked by Wiese's leg.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionRaúl Jurado
  • 78'
    Jose Jurado comes on for Raul, who walks off to a standing ovation. What a performance from the Spaniard!
  • 76'
    Attendance, by the way, is 61,000, marking the 121st consecutive home game in which Schalke have drawn at least 60,000 spectators.
  • 75'
    If we weren't before, we're now watching an exxhibition. The Schalke fans are celebrating already, and for good reason.
  • 72'
    Jensen allows Raul to come in behind him and win possession at the edge of the box. Mertesacker is near the veteran Spaniard, and forces him wide. However, Raul manages to make just enough space to chip his finish over Wiese and into the net. What a finish! 4-0 to Schalke!
  • 71'
    Goal Raúl
  • 71'
  • 70'
    SubstitutionPeer Kluge Ivan Rakitic
  • 70'
    Change for Schalke - Kluge exits to a standing ovation from many of the Schalke supporters as Ivan Rakitic replaces him.
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Atsuto Uchida
  • 69'
    Uchida goes into the book for coming in far too late on Huseijnovic. Free kick to Bremen in their defending half.
  • 67'
    Schaaf is staring blankly from the sideline. He looks as defeated as his team.
  • 65'
    Bremen are really being foiled with ease in midfield right now...and it doesn't even look like Schalke are trying hard.
  • 63'
    There's a rare chance for Bremen - Frings whips in a corner, but Mertesacker's glancing header misses wide.
  • 62'
    By the way, just after the second Raul goal, Bremen made a double change - Hunt and Marin came off, and Sandro Wagner and Daniel Jensen were their replacements. Schaaf must think this game is done and dusted...
  • 61'
    SubstitutionWesley Said Husejinovic
  • 61'
    Meanwhile, Wesley has gone off with an apparent Hamstring injury. Said Huseijnovic is on for him now.
  • 60'
    The miss comes after Fritz terribly lost control of the ball around the centre circle. Farfan burst forward, and had a clear chance on goal!
  • 59'
    WHAT A MISS BY FARFAN! He had just Wiese to beat, but the ball trickled JUST wide of the left post!
  • 58'
    SubstitutionAaron Hunt Daniel Jensen
  • 57'
    SubstitutionMarko Marin Sandro Wagner
  • 57'
    What woeful defending from Bremen there - Proedl allowed Farfan past him, then Mertesacker made an absolutely atrocious attempt at a clearance!
  • 56'
    Goal Raúl
  • 56'
    And surely enough, the danger comes again from the right side - Farfan crosses towards Huntelaar, and Mertesacker mis-clears. Raul is training the play, and volleys in from close range. 3-0 for the hosts, and Thomas Schaaf is livid!
  • 55'
  • 54'
    Woeful pass from Proedl, who gives the ball away to Farfan. The Peruvian dribbles towards the penalty area, but lacks control and is dispossessed.
  • 52'
    SubstitutionJoel Matip Christoph Moritz
  • 52'
    Change for Schalke - masked man Christoph Moritz is on for Matip. The substitute suffered a facial injury recently, which explains his mask.
  • 50'
    Great idea from Farfan, but poor execution! The winger plays a clever ball inside Proedl, but it's just too heavy for Uchida, and Bremen have a goal kick
  • 48'
    BARGFREDE! Oh, that was a defensive player's finish! The holding midfielder bursts forward, but as he approaches the right side of the box, he fires well wide of the right post.
  • 46'
    AND WE'RE UNDERWAY AGAIN! Schalke kick off, but an attack quickly dissolves and Wiese recovers. No substitutions were made at the break, by the way...
  • Second half about to begin now - the players are on the field...
  • Looking back on the second goal, Hunt and Mertesacker were both ball-watching as Wiese parried. They barely moved, even though they were far closer to the ball than Raul, but the Schalke man had more than enough time to finish. That's all from here for now - I'll be back for the second half.
  • HALF TIME! Schalke have been the better, and certainly more clinical team, and take a two-goal lead into half-time. Bremen are really up against the wall right now, and with such atrocious defending, they will have to pull off a real miracle if they are to reverse their deficit.
  • 45' + 2'
    Goal Raúl
  • 45' + 2'
    Scrap what I said before - Schalke are 2-0 up! Edu Blasts a low drive that Wiese could only parry, and the Bremen defence is at sixes and sevens! Raul sprints forward to collect the rebound and finish to double the hosts' advantage!
  • 45' + 2'
  • 45' + 1'
    Ah, here's a good chance for Schalke! Farfan breaks forward and wins a free kick slightly right of centre and from 25 yards...
  • 45'
    One minute of added time now, and it looks like we're going to enter the break with the score 1-0 to Schalke...
  • 44'
    Bremen pushing for an equaliser late in the half, but Hunt is surrounded by defenders. Magath's men are really looking better at the back than they did earlier in the season.
  • 41'
    That miss by Huntelaar must be exemplary of what Felix Magath was referring to this week when he said that the Dutchman really needs to start scoring more. He leads Schalke in scoring, but does miss his share of attempts...
  • 39'
    WHAT A CHANCE FOR SCHALKE! Farfan delivers an inch-perfect ball towards Huntelaar, who takes it off his chest before volleying wide!
  • 38'
    Bremen, on the other hand, really aren't combining well as an attacking force. Marin is individually dangerous, but needs more support.
  • 35'
    Most of the danger from Schalke is coming down the right flank. Farfan is worthy of credit, but at the same time, this reality is discomforting for Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf, who has really struggled to find a solution at left back.
  • 32'
    ALMEIDA! Oh, wide again! The want-away striker fires a low drive towards the far post, with Marin and Hunt just too late to redirect the ball goalward. It flashes by the right post!
  • 31'
    In the middle of nothing particularly special, the Schalke fans cheer as though they had won the league! The reason? Bitter rivals and league leaders Dortmund are 1-0 down against Freiburg!
  • 29'
    Nervy moments for Schalke at the back as Metzelder sees himself with possession and double-teamed deep in his own half. He has to do well to send the ball out for a throw-in.
  • 28'
    WIDE! The striker slices his shot, which appears too strong even for Neuer to reach it at the left post. However, the shot goes JUST wide.
  • 27'
    Marin jinks his way through several defenders in the centre of the park, and despite losing his balance, manages to continue and win a free kick. Almeida stands over the dead ball, which is about 35 yards from goal...
  • 25'
    Even though Metzelder's shot was never going in without the deflection off Wiese, the defender is credited with scoring. The visitors will now have to dig deep...
  • 24'
    Farfan whips in a cross from a corner, and Metzelder rises to head the ball off the underside of the crossbar. It hits Wiese in the back and crosses the goal line! What poor luck for the goalkeeper!
  • 23'
  • 22'
    Assist J. Farfán
  • 22'
    Goal Christoph Metzelder
  • 22'
    Oh that would have been goal of the year! Farfan breaks forward and crosses to Huntelaar, who tries an overhead kick, but can't quite connect!
  • 22'
    That last comment referred to an incident in last week's 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg in which the former Ajax man controlled the ball with his hand before scoring the equaliser.
  • 20'
    Hand ball by Huntelaar - this time, he actually gets whistled for the illegal act!
  • 18'
    Great run by Marin to the byline! The winger walks a tightrope before his ball is deflect back off him, and eventually cleared. He really looks dangerous...
  • 15'
    Frings goes on a rampage in midfield; he first pushes over Raul, then slides in on Schmitz with his studs showing. And somehow, he is not even whistled for a foul!
  • 14'
    Nervy moments at the back for Bremen before Proedl concedes a corner. Schmitz blasts the set piece far beyond the fray in the box.
  • 12'
    HUNT! Oooh, he should have done better! Pasanen crosses, and Hunt overruns the ball just a bit. He volleys awkwardly over the bar.
  • 10'
    Uchida passes to Farfan, who at the time of the pass started breaking forward. Pasanen intercepts easily - it seems that Schalke's players are not all on the same page.
  • 9'
    Bremen enjoying a good spell of possession, but it's all around the midfield line. Eventually, the visitors push forward, before a ball to Wesley is too heavy and goes out for a throw-in.
  • 6'
    Kluge is a bit late on Bargfrede, who wins a free kick.
  • 4'
    Huntelaaaaaaar...WIDE! Wesley makes a mistake in midfield, and Huntelaar is picked out running towards goal. As he approaches Mertesacker, the striker fires on goal, but his effort is always slicing wide of the left post.
  • 3'
    Home supporters want a penalty after Raul headed on towards Huntelaar, but the Dutchman was hardly in contact with Mertesacker. Play continues.
  • 1'
    AND HERE'S A CHANCE ALREADY! Marin crosses from the right towards Almeida, who is a step ahead of Uchida. The Portuguee directed his header straight at Neuer, however, and the Germany goalkeeper saved quite comfortably.
  • Almeida and Marin stand in the centre circle, ready to kick off.
  • Kick-off approaching now - the players are on the pitch...
  • And for Bremen: Wiese - Fritz, Mertesacker, Proedl, Pasanen - Wesley, Frings, Barfgrede - Hunt - Marin, Almeida
  • Starting line-ups are in. For Schalke: Neuer - Uchida, Hoewedes, Metzelder, Schmitz - Farfan, Kluge, Matip, Edu - Raul, Huntelaar
  • Bremen may be five points and five places ahead of Schalke in the Bundesliga standings, but both sides enter today's match in crisis. The hosts are currently in the relegation zone, while the Hanseaten recently lost 6-0 to Stuttgart, and are really struggling in defence.
  • Hello, and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Schalke vs Werder Bremen! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...