Preview - Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen 30 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 30, 2017, 01:48 AM

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Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen

Schalke have endured back-to-back defeats without scoring. Of course, there's no shame losing to Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, but the fear is real as the Royal Blues attempt to stop the slide. Fortunately, playmaker Leon Goretzka will be back to spearhead the attack. Bayer Leverkusen are still stuttering but have found some footing with two wins in their last three games, a 4-0 over Freiburg and 3-0 over Hamburg. Kevin Volland scored a brace in each of the two wins. Leverkusen are at full strength for this trip to Gelsenkirchen.

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Match Stats:

  • Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
  • Shots: 12-7
  • Possession: 42%-58%
  • Corner kicks: 7-4


Leon Bailey's first Bundesliga goal for Bayer Leverkusen cancelled out Leon Goretzka's earlier free-kick for Schalke as Die Werkself claimed a first away point of the season.

Schalke required just a couple of minutes to get their first effort of the game away when Breel Embolo, making his first start in almost a year after ankle ligament damage, set up Weston McKennie, but the American youngster couldn't keep his shot down. Little in the way of goal-mouth action followed bar a penalty shout from Amine Harit after a challenge from Sven Bender inside the box, but nothing was given. The home side always looked the most likely, and the Royal Blues did make the breakthrough just after 30 minutes with Leon Goretzka's superb free-kick curling around the Leverkusen wall and past Bernd Leno into the back of the net. Die Werkself did eventually conjure up some efforts of their own as Ralf Fährmann made a comfortable save from Kevin Volland before Julian Brandt's volley challenged the Schalke captain a bit more, but the hosts were deserved of their half-time lead.

Heiko Herrlich brought on both Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz at the break as Leverkusen looked to gain a foothold in the game, but Schalke came closest to scoring next. Leon Goretzka really should have grabbed a second when the ball dropped to him four yards out from a corner, but he fired over. The introduction of Bailey did pay off though as the Jamaican got his first ever Bundesliga goal (via a deflection) as he cut in from the right onto his left foot. Lucas Alario then thought he'd given Leverkusen the lead but it was ruled out for offside after a quick referral with the video assistant. Schalke had a couple more efforts from corners towards the end, but failed to test Leno in goal and a draw was a deserved result for both sides.

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