Weinzierl: It was an emotional experience

FC Schalke 04 manager Markus Weinzierl saluted an "incredible" win as his side came from two goals down to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

With the first leg ending in a 1-1 stalemate, Schalke found themselves trailing 2-0 at half time at the Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK on Thursday.

Andreas Christensen had opened the scoring on 26 minutes before Mahmoud Dahoud netted on the stroke of half-time.

But Weinzierl's side were not to be outdone, and Leon Goretzka pulled a goal back with 54 minutes played before Nabil Bentaleb ultimately sent his side through to the quarter-finals of the competition, on the away goals, rule, as he buried a 68th minute penalty.

After the match, an ecstatic Weinzierl was reported on the club's official website as saying: "It was an incredible evening of football for us.

"The fans were able to watch an exciting match, and it was an emotional experience as a coach, too."

Weinzierl was naturally disappointed with the goals his side conceded but insists he never stopped believing they would progress.

He added: "Both the goals were conceded before the break were poorly handled, and conceding right before the break was a real pain in the neck. 

"Many teams would have given up at that point, but we never stopped believing that we could make the quarter finals. 

"I knew that it was always still possible. We had chances in the first half, and the first goal put us just one goal away from 'leading' the tie, and we could see that the opposition were all too aware of that. 

"The whole team defended with everything they had after we got the second goal – it was a real collective team performance."

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