Schalke stunned Borussia Monchengladbach with three quick-fire second-half goals to secure an impressive 4-0 win at the VELTINS-Arena on Sunday.
Schalke 4 Borussia Monchengladbach 0
Choupo-Moting nets 52nd-minute penalty
Embolo extends hosts’ lead four minutes later
Goretzka makes it three moments later
Embolo completes the rout late on
While the first half was a relatively evenly-contested affair, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart before Breel Embolo doubled the hosts’ lead just four minutes later.
Leon Goretzka added a third on 58 minutes to put the Bundesliga strugglers firmly in control and Embolo bagged his second of the match in the 83rd minute.
Schalke were quickest into the attack in the opening exchanges, with Goretzka seeing his shot from outside the box well saved by Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer, who made a comfortable stop from Alessandro Schopf on the right after 12 minutes.
Benedikt Howedes then went close with a drilled effort from outside the box as he picked up a Nabil Bentaleb flicked header, but saw the ball fizz just wide of the left-hand upright.
With the half winding down, Sommer had to be alert to keep out a Naldo header from the left side of the box as he connected to a good Johannes Geis delivery, while Jannik Vestergaard saw his close-range header from an Ibrahima Traore cross also cut out before Geis fired well over for the last real action of the first half.
The start of the second half saw Andre Hahn test Gladbach stopper Ralf Fahrmann with a shot that was arrowing into the top right corner of the net, but the Royal Blues didn’t have to wait long to take the lead as Choupo-Moting converted a 52nd-minute penalty after Ibrahima Traore had fouled the goalscorer in the box.
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And before they could catch their breath, the home team were two goals to the good, just four minutes later, with Embolo picking up a Sead Kolasinac pass before smashing home from the edge of the box.
Schalke had clearly found an extra gear and Choupo-Moting forced a fine stop from Sommer before just another two minutes later, Goretzka seemingly put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken goal after a superb counter attack.
They could have added a fourth but Geis’ shot from the edge of the box flew just over the crossbar. Lars Stindl came close with a header from a Traore free-kick for Gladbach but just directed the ball the wrong side of the left post before Andreas Christensen was guilty of the same from a similar set-piece with 20 minutes of the match remaining.
Fahrmann kept out Hazard as the visitors looked to get something out of this match with Andre Hahn and Thorgan Hazard again coming close with good efforts, but there was no beating the Schalke stopper – with the final piece of action from the tie, a fourth and final goal for the hosts, scored by Embolo after 83 minutes.
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