After the catastrophic start to the season, Schalke 04 wanted to change things up with a new coach. But in Leipzig it put a serious damper. And it got worse: a national player was injured.
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FC Schalke 04 has left the first match under new coach Manuel Baum in the sand. In Leipzig the miners lost 4-0 after a desperate final phase in the first half. Particularly bitter: national player Suat Serdar had to be replaced injured.
No surprise to Nagelsmann
At the start of the game, Schalke did well. The defense did not allow much, Leipzig did not get any concrete chances. That Baum relies on a well-organized defense for his debut was no surprise to his counterpart Julian Nagelsmann. Before the game, the Leipzig coach said he expected a chain of five men and three defensive midfielders from Schalke. He was right.
But after about 20 minutes, there was the first setback for Schalke. Suat Serdar held on to his thigh and had to be replaced in tears. Nothing will come of his commitment to the German national team.
Suat Serdar: The international had to be replaced in tears. (Source: Picture Point LE / image images)
Shortly after Serdar’s injury, things got worse for the squires. The Leipzig midfielders around Olmo, Kampl and Forsberg ensured a wonderfully played main goal. Olmo performed perfectly on Kampl, who in turn ideally staged Forsberg. The Swede put the ball over goalkeeper Fährmann, the rescue operation by Schalkes Bozdogan became an own goal (31).
The spell was broken, Leipzig played more freely – and followed. In the 35th minute, it was left back Angelino who scored for the Saxons. He scored the 2-0 with a header. And that’s not all. In injury time, central defender Willi Orban heads a Dani Olmo cross into goal – 3-0.
Willi Orban (r.) Celebrates his goal to make it 3-0. (Source: Jan Huebner / image images)
Only Halstenberg can conquer Rönnow
In the second half there was suddenly another goalkeeper between the posts at Schalke. Newcomer Frederik Rönnow replaced Ralf Fährmann, who probably had minor problems. This gave the new goalkeeper a few opportunities to excel and made use of it. Rönnow was wide awake again and again, rescuing a weak Schalke defense.
Whether against Nkunku (57th), Olmo (64th) or again against Nkunku (66th), the newcomer was on the post. Rönnow was only defeated in the penalty kick against Halstenberg (80th). The Leipzig international made sure to end the game with his placed shot in the left corner.