Schalke 04 disenchanted the daredevil Union Berlin with a late goal from Suat Serdar and settled on a European Cup. The Royal Blues conquered the Bundesliga freshman with much effort 2: 1 (1: 1), but missed the jump to the top of the table. A victory with four goals difference would have been necessary to climb back to first place for the first time since April 2010 – at least for one night.
Benito Raman (23 ') and Serdar (86') ended the series of three draws in the home arena with their goals. After the fifth game in a row without defeat, the Schalke jumped for the time being in second place and proved in the second half that they had learned from the lost wins against the relegation candidates 1. FC Köln and Fortuna Dusseldorf.Marcus Ingvartsen had a controversial penalty in the meantime for (36). "These are of course super victories," said Schalke's licensing team boss Sascha Riether on "DAZN": "The way we played in the second half was very enjoyable. " Goalkeeper Alexander Nübel was also satisfied: "The victory is doing very well, we are not looking at the table, we believed in it and deserved to win 2-1." Schalke boss Clemens took on the VIP grandstand for the first time after the racism scandal Tönnies place. The chairman of the Royal Blues had imposed himself after his heavily criticized statements about Africans themselves a three-month suspension, which ended a good three weeks ago. He saw a weak start of the hosts: goalkeeper Nübel played in his own penalty the Berlin Marcus Ingvartsen the ball in the feet, Defender Matija Nastasic saved in dire need (4th). Union, according to Schalke coach David Wagner "the league leaders in the last five games" began confidently and courageously and had by Marius Bülter equal the next goal opportunity (6). Schalke took a good 20 minutes to find against the unpleasant opponent in the game. The first chance took Raman immediately with a remarkable shot in the angle to the lead. On the other hand, Nübel made up for his mistake from the early stages when he brilliantly parried a header from Sebastian Andersson (29) .He was powerless in the highly controversial penalty from Ingvartsen. Robert Andrich was knocked down in a duel with Nastasic, referee Daniel Schlager did not consult the video evidence. Serdar punished Subotics Blackout After the break, the hosts strengthened their attack efforts and put more and more pressure on Berlin. However, it was rarely dangerous for Union keeper Rafal Gikiewicz, but the goalkeeper missed out on a long-range shot from Serdar. Previously, of all the former Dortmunder Neven Subotic had let the ball abluchsen. The longtime Unioner Steven Skrzybski, who had fulfilled a "childhood dream" with the change to Schalke a year and a half ago, was missing when reunion with his old love. The 27-year-old, this season without a single Bundesliga minute, had to pass due to an infection. For the injured striker Mark Uth (adductor problems) moved the Americans Weston McKennie in the starting eleven. For the Berlin, with the ex-Schalke Marvin Friedrich in central defense, Andrich had returned after his yellow suspension in the team, Bülter replaced in the attack Anthony Ujah ,