Schalke fell to a 2-0 loss away at Hertha Berlin on Sunday afternoon, meaning they are still without a Bundesliga win so far this season. The home side earned their third consecutive victory through goals by Mitchell Weiser and Valentin Stocker in the 64th and 74th minutes, respectively.
Tactics and personnel
The Miners made one change from the side that beat OGC Nice 1-0 in midweek, seeing Klaas-Jan Huntelaarreplace Alessandro Schöpf. As a result, Breel Embolo, who had also started on Thursday evening, was stationed on the wing.
A quiet first half
The first half was not among the most riotous that Berlin’s Olympiastadion has seen down the years. Both sides kept their cards very close to their chests, and played with a great deal of caution. As in Nice, Schalke set out to attack from the start, but this time struggled a little to create clear opportunities. Similarly, while the home side posed a distinct threat of their own, they too found space to create difficult to come by early on. The best opportunities of the first period fell to Vladimir Darida and Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting, both of whom fired narrowly wide.
Hertha BSC take advantage of errors
Schalke played with a greater purpose after the break, attempting to really take the initiative. As they attempted to push forward, Hertha took advantage, as Mitchell Weiser powered a curling effort beyond Ralf Fährmann from inside the box in the 64th minute. The Berliners doubled their lead ten minutes later, as Valentin Stocker put the ball past Fährmann in a one-on-one. The home side cooly seized upon Schalke’s momentary lapses, while keeping compact on the other side of the pitch to keep Schalke at bay.
Conclusions and outlook
The Royal Blues were unable to create convincing goalscoring opportunities, and Hertha BSC simply stayed compact and looked to force Schalke into errors. Schalke will come away from the game ruing errors in one third and a lack of spark in the other.
Schalke’s next match sees them return home to the VELTINS-Arena, with FC Köln the opponents. The game will kick off at 20:00 CEST on Wednesday evening (21st September).