Tactics and Personnel
In his first game as Schalke head coach, Markus Weinzierl opted for a 4-4-2 setup, with new signings Naldo,Abdul Rahman Baba and Breel Embolo being given their debuts. Benedikt Höwedes returned from injury to captain the team, after having his role re-confirmed last week.
Aogo claims the first goal of the season
It took Schalke just 10 minutes to open the scoring in Freiburg’s Schwarzwald-Stadion. The first goalscorer of the 2016/17 was Aogo, who notched an excellent top corner finish from the edge of the box. 9 minutes later, new boy Embolo opened his account with the club. Despite being hit early, Villingen and the fans sustained their enthusiasm. The sixth-tier side still pushed and kept Schalke on their toes, but in the end the gulf in class was too much to overcome. Schalke missed a few chances before making it 3-0, the best of which fell to Huntelaar, whose header hit the post in the 26th minute.
Geis scores in consecutive games
After the break, the Royal Blues stayed in control of the game, although did concede a couple of half-chances to the hosts in a mostly quiet second period. 15 minutes before the end, Geis struck from around 35 yards to make it 3-0. Huntelaar added Schalke’s fourth in the 86th minute, claiming a typical close-range finish. The home side did manage to get on the scoresheet, with Mario Ketterer knocking in a header in the final minute to the delight of the home crowd.
Conclusions from the game
It was a comfortable, if somewhat quiet game to start the season. The second round will be played over the 25th and 26th October 2016. The draw for the round of 16 will be made on Friday 26th August.
The next day, Schalke will begin their Bundesliga campaign with a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt. Kick off at the Commerz-Bank arena will be at 15:30 CET.
10th minute – the opener: Sead Kolasinac delivered a cross from the byline, but Benedikt Haibt miscued his attempt to make a clearance. The loose ball fell to Dennis Aogo, who stuck the ball perfectly in the top left corner of the goal from around 15 yards out.
19th minute – 2-0 to Schalke: Franco di Santo failed to make contact with Kolasinac’s ball into the box, but fortunately for him the ball also evaded Villingen goalkeeper Daniel Miletic. Embolo waiting at the back post could not have asked for an easier finish to get himself off the mark for his new club.
26th minute: Klass-Jan Huntelaar heads against the bar from a Rahman cross.
28th minute: Nedzad Plavci tests Ralf Fährmann with a free kick from 25 yards, but the Schalke stopper had no issue.
43rd minute: Aogo played Embolo in down the right flank, where he delivered a cross to the head of Rahman, but the Ghanaian could not get his header on target.
52nd minute: Naldo heads narrowly wide from a Geis corner.
75th minute – 3-0: picking up a square pass from Huntelaar, Geis launched a powerful, curling effort from distance to increase Schalke’s lead.
84th minute: Geis puts Alessandro Schöpf through on goal, but his effort struck the inside of the post and trickled across the goal-line before being cleared.
86th minute – 4-0: Huntelaar has his say with a trademark one-on-one finish after a pass from Schöpf.
90th minute – the consolation: Ketterer rises above Fabian Reese to head home the hosts’ only goal of the game.