Bayern Munich vs Schalke 04
Bayern Munich’s late double was enough to dispose of a resilient Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena.
Schalke’s first chance came from Goretzka’s header, which despite being weak, still needed to be hoofed off the line by Alaba. Bayern nearly drew first blood when Robert Lewandowski mis-hit a dangerous cross from Thomas Mueller. Lewandowski would be precisely the player you would expect to put a cross like that away but it was not to be for the Pole.
Schalke then came agonisingly close to scoring when Yehven Konoplyanka hit a shot from a tight angle which was saved by Neuer, with the rebound going straight into the path of Huntelaar. He had a great view of goal but the Dutch striker couldn’t find the net as Alaba blocked his shot in brilliant fashion.
Robert Lewandowski had another opportunity when Ribery played him through on goal. The striker attempted a shot from a tight angle and his weak shot was cleared by Naldo after it went past a charging Fahrmann. The final chance before the break came from David Alaba. The Austrian received the ball on the left hand side of the box in a good position but he had his shot blocked.
Half time arrived after this. Schalke had large spells where they had Bayern on the back-foot while Bayern seemed a bit more desperate to have opportunities to shoot. But regardless of who was on top both teams had nothing to show from the entertaining first half.
Bayern got off to a good start in the second half with Robert Lewandowski setting up Thomas Mueller after a cross from the left wing. Mueller couldn’t get the header on target as he looped it over the bar. Schalke made their first substitution with Embolo being brought on in place of Konoplyanka.
Huntelaar nearly scored when he hit a pile-driver from the edge of the D which forced Neuer to acrobatically tip the shot onto the crossbar. Bayern then brought on Vidal and Costa for Xabi Alonso and Ribery.
Huntelaar was later forced off after clashing heads with Thiago on two seperate occasions and was replaced by Meyer. Huntelaar coming off due to concussion really took the wind out of Schalke’s sails and they never looked the same since.
Bayern made their final substitution with Kimmer being brought on to replace the debutant Sanches, who had been average at best throughout the game. The two Bayern substitutes nearly made a quick impact on the game with Arturo Vidal putting Douglas Costa into an excellent position with the Brazilian hitting a venomous shot from inside the D which dipped over the bar.
Robert Lewandowski missed the chance of the game when he managed to miss an open net from an Alaba cross. The Pole hit the bouncing ball over the bar after Alaba’s pacy run and fast cross drew Fahrmann out of his net.
But Lewandowski soon made up for it with a goal in the 81st minute. It was the pass to him that made the goal with Martinez’s through ball unlocking the Schalke defence and putting Lewandowski one-on-one with the goalkeeper, allowing him to slot the ball into the back of the net.
Schalke immediately attempted to shake things up a bit after the goal with Kolasinac being brought on in place of Stambouli. Schalke played decently and seemed to gain a sudden bout of resurgence when five minutes of stoppage time were announced.
Unfortunately this was short-lived. Schalke sent plenty of men forward, they then lost the ball and Bayern launched an expertly rapid counter attack which resulted in Kimmich knocking it into the back of the net when Lewandowski played it sideways to him.
And the game ended that way. Schalke lost their mojo when Huntelaar went off injured. The Gelsenkirchen outfit played well for the first two thirds and piled on the pressure and when pressure was put on them, Naldo and Nastasic defended brilliantly. But unfortunately Bayern managed to succeed and pipped them to the win.
Bayern make it two wins from two league games after defeating Werder Bremen 6-0 last time out while Schalke have lost both of their league games after falling to a shock 1-0 defeat against Frankfurt.