Julian Draxler fell to his knees in disbelief after he netted the winner in Schalke's 3-2 win against Nuernberg in the DFB Pokal...
Julian Schieber opened the scoring after just four minutes as he caught the Schalke defence napping and pounced on his opportunity with predatory instinct. Mario Gavranovic, who replaced injured striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, drew Schalke level on 15 minutes as he finished a fine sequence orchestrated by the impressive Raul. The hosts looked like taking the lead before Mehmet Ekici broke forward and fed Christian Eigler, who set up Schieber for his second goal of the match.
After the break, a much more defensively stable Schalke drew level through Ivan Rakitic, who struck a fine 20-yard shot into the lower-right corner.
Nuernberg's opener was rather sudden, but the Bavarians proved they were well worth it. Schieber pounced for the opener, and Christian Eigler and the brilliant Ekici each came close in counterattacks before Gavranovic equalised.
Raul thought he had scored the go-ahead goal, but had his strike called back for a push-off. Inside 90 seconds, the increasingly influential Spaniard had one chance sail over the bar and another strike the right post. Schieber's second stunned the hosts, who struggled to rediscover their rhythm before half-time.
Die Knappen came out a much stronger side in the second half, and looked much more solid at the back while winning possession by nearly a 3:1 ratio. Lukas Schmitz nearly equalised after his long-ranged effort took a dangerous deflection, but Rakitic levelled the terms on 58 minutes.
Schalke continued to dominate, and towards the end of normal time, Raul missed just wide with a diving header. Jefferson Farfan then failed to capitalise after being superbly set up by substitute Jose Jurado.
In injury time, the increasingly fatigued sides found scoring chances in scarce supply, although Schmitz did manage to bend his free kick just wide of the post before Schieber broke free and forced a save from Manuel Neuer.
Schalke coach Felix Magath rolled the dice as he sent his players increasingly forward, and his addition of Draxler proved to be the hammer blow as the prodigious midfielder fired in an impressive winner from distance.
The result sees Schalke advance to the DFB Pokal semi-finals where they will face a winner that is yet to be determined. Nuernberg drop out after coming within a minute of reaching a penalty shoot-out.