Augsburg (dpa) – Manuel Baum took a long time in his old house to organize his emotions. On a bitter day, everything about FC Schalke 04 collapsed again.
As if the violent collision of Mark Uth – Schalke’s best player who had to go to hospital after fearful moments with a concussion – hadn’t been shocking enough for the Royal Blues, Augsburg’s Marco Richter last-minute goal made it 2-2 van (0: 1) took the much needed victory in the Bundesliga despite the majority.
But the sporting precipitation was of secondary importance this time for S04 coach Baum, his thoughts were with Uth. “You don’t want to see that. Under the circumstances he is fine. You just pray to get out of the situation. He was smeared with blood,” Baum said, adding, “We wanted the three points for him. that did not work. “
Instead, his team was left without a win after the bitter equalizer in the 27th attempt in the competition. Tasmania Berlin’s negative record of 31 unsuccessful matches for the bottom of the table is getting closer. But Baum believes the knot will soon be broken. “We are getting closer. We will not give up and we will do everything in the next two games.”
The events surrounding Uth had pushed the athletes into the background. “Crazy. You have to come to terms with that first,” said Schalke’s team manager Sascha Riether on Sky TV, speaking of a “very delicate moment” in view of the collision.
The ex-national player hit his head on the grass after an aerial duel with his opponent Felix Uduokhai and remained motionless. The 29-year-old had to be treated for minutes, several doctors and paramedics took care of Uth in the square. His neck was stabilized and an IV was given before he could be carried away on the stretcher.
“He has to stay in the hospital one more night. It was tragic, we didn’t know what was going on,” explained Riether, confirming that referee Manuel Grafe had asked Schalke’s team if they could and could continue to play. Riether said, “The team wanted to play the game for Mark.” FCA coach Heiko Herrlich “did not expect that anymore”.
And Schalke wanted to give their star striker a victory. It almost worked. Benito Raman (52nd minute) and in the majority Nassim Boujellab (61st) played a stubborn fighting game for the guests with their goals. But it shouldn’t be enough. Richter headed in a cross from Michael Gregoritsch in the third minute of injury time.
The FCA, which led to the break with an own goal by Suat Serdar, is in tenth place of the table thanks to the late equalizer. After the yellow-red card for striker Florian Niederlechner (54th), the hosts played in the minority for a long time.
For Baum, the return to Augsburg was an emotionally extreme day anyway. The match against his ex-club, where he was fired in 2019, was of course “a special one” for the 41-year-old. And it started sobering. After the Uth-Aus the sporting setback followed. A free kick that ex-Schalke Daniel Caligiuri hit from the left into the penalty area was pulled through to his own goal with the tips of his hair.
On the field, the duels were often too tough. Uduokhai hit Boujellab’s head again in the air. Schalke’s player was able to continue playing with a blue turban after the treatment.
When Niederlechner opponent Salif Sané lightly hit the face with his hand after a header duel, Graefe drew yellow-red against the FCA’s goalscorer. An overly difficult decision and a key scene. Raman had previously exploited a bad pass from Carlos Gruezo to go in the 1: 1 direction alone. Schalke struck again with eleven to ten. Serdar served Boujellab in the penalty area – and the Moroccan scored his first goal of the season. But the hosts did not give up. Rani Khedira missed a big chance for Augsburg to make it 2-2. Then Richter met.