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August 30, 2014
• Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Referee: M. Fritz
• Attendance: 61973
B. Höwedes 62'
R. Lewandowski 10'
Benedikt Howedes is the hero, but it was the scrappiest of goals to tie this one up. I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
FULL TIME: SCHALKE 1-1 BAYERN MUNICH. A tale of two halves at the Veltins Arena. Bayern looked in complete control, and were unlucky not to be a few goals in front at the break. But a bit of a turnaround from Schalke in the second half was enough to tie the game and steal a point from the match.
90' + 4'
Choupo-Moting! He's played in on goal, but has no support. He cuts back and looks to the middle but Lahm comes in to dispossess and a magnificent chance comes to nothing as the final whistle sounds.
90' + 3'
Lewandowski called for a foul on Howedes at the top of the box, which should just about be the end of this one. Less than a minute left as Fahrmann takes his time with this free kick.
90' + 2'
Two minutes of added time played, and two minutes of possession for Bayern. Nothing to show for it, however, as they hardly break into the final third. Where is the desire? The intent? The urgency?
Schalke move back into attack and win a throw. Meyer takes the ball near the corner flag and wins a corner, but the delivery is collected by Neuer as we enter the first of FOUR minutes of added time.
APPEALS FOR A PENALTY NOT GIVEN! Alaba and Muller work a one-two, and Alaba goes down trying to get to the return pass. Good non-call from the referee, as Alaba ran straight into Howedes who was simply standing his ground.
Bayern passing it around well amongst themselves, but hardly seem eager on breaking down this defence like they did with ease in the first half. Schalke look like they will be content settling with a draw, and Bayern don't look like stopping that at the moment.
STAT ATTACK: Bayern have lost just one of their past 36 Bundesliga matches away from the Allianz-Arena (W31, D4).
Less than 10 minutes to play and no one looks like finding a winner at the moment. The substitutions and injuries have taken the pace right out of this match, which seems to have lulled the home fans to sleep. Oddly quiet inside the Veltins Arena at the moment.
Lengthy delay here as Felipe Santana is attended to. He is in serious pain, grabbing his thigh, and likely will not be able to continue. Schalke have no central defenders available to them on the bench, so on comes Christian Fuchs. We'll see if Bayern can make the most of this unfortunate circumstance.
Bayern win a corner kick, and the delivery in by Alaba is met by Rode at the near post, but he sends his volley wide. Meanwhile, Schalke make a substitution of their own with Dennis Aogo coming on for Kaan Ayhan.
Lewandowki takes a pass in the area, but is immediately surrounded by defenders. It leads to a bit of mayhem inside the area, with Schalke eventually scrambling clear. Nervy moments for the hosts at the back.
Possession back with Bayern for the most part, but they are doing little with it. Schalke have a spring in their step, pressuring the ball carrier much more effectively than they did in the first half.
This really is a tale of two halves. Schalke look the likelier side to find a winner at the moment, with Bayern now the ones lacking creativity in attack. The space is there for Bayern to exploit in the final third, but they don't seem eager to do so at the moment.
Bayern make their second switch of the match as Xabi Alonso gives way for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, the young, Danish attacker.
STAT ATTACK: Schalke have won 10 of their last 12 league matches at the Veltins Arena (D1, L1). They have kept seven clean sheets over that span and scored an average of 2.25 goals per game.
Another poor decision from Choupo-Moting! The striker is in with Meyer, but opts to have a shot, straight at Neuer. A simple pass across the box would have surely made it 2-0!
Yellow Card Sidney Sam
Goal Benedikt Höwedes
IT COUNTS! The goal is given! Xabi Alonso's attempted clearance off the line hits off Howedes and into the net! We are in for an exciting finish at the Veltins Arena.
IS IT A GOAL!? MADNESS AT THE VELTINS ARENA! Sidney Sam curls in a lovely free kick towards the far post. Choupo-Moting plays it back across goal, and a clearance attempt bounces off the arm of Howedes and into the goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yellow Card Julian Draxler
One minute to be added on...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yellow Card Sebastian Rode
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STAT ATTACK: In their last seven head-to-head Bundesliga matches, Bayern have outscored Schalke 23-2, picking up maximum points.
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.
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.
Yellow Card Marco Höger
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.
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.
Yellow Card Jan Kirchhoff
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.
Assist Sebastian Rode
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.
STAT ATTACK: There have been eight first half goals in the last three head-to-head meetings between the two teams.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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