Schalke’s Julian Draxler proud to score first Bundesliga goal against St Pauli

Julian Draxler is delighted to have found the target for Schalke and is also hopeful of playing against Inter in the Champions League….

Schalke teenager Julian Draxler is proud to have scored his first goal in the German Bundesliga against St Pauli on Friday evening.

The 17-year-old midfielder netted his side’s second goal at the Millerntor Stadion in Hamburg. It was Draxler’s ninth appearance in the league this season, and although the match was abandoned in the 89th minute because of crowd trouble, he is happy to have etched his name on the scoresheet.

“That the match had to be abandoned is too bad,” he told the press after the game. “Such actions should never have to be taken. I'd rather talk about the sporting aspects. That I could score my first Bundesliga goal makes me very proud and happy.

“We fought hard for this success. We have been able to implement very well what we have worked on in training.”

Schalke travel to Milan in midweek for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against defending Italian and European champions Inter.

Looking ahead to the encounter, Draxler enthused: “Even now I am looking forward to the game at Inter. I had not even dreamed of such games until a few weeks ago. The Champions League match at San Siro is very special to me."

Schalke got the better of Spanish side Valencia in the round of 16, while Inter defeated German champions Bayern Munich on the away goals’ rule.

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