Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – FC Schalke 04 also missed the long-awaited end to its almost unprecedented streak of failures against SC Freiburg.
After the deserved 0: 2 (0: 0) against the Breisgauer, coach Manuel Baum’s team has been waiting for a success in the Bundesliga for 28 games after another terrifying performance. Tasmania Berlin’s negative record (31 games without a win in 1965/66) is imminent. Roland Sallai from Freiburg was the decisive man of the game with his first brace in the Bundesliga in the 50th and 68th minutes.
SC coach Christian Streich had taken the Hungarian into the starting line-up as the only new player compared to the 2-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld – and he saw himself confirmed. While the Freiburg team left the danger zone for the time being after their second straight win and a total of four games without a defeat, the Royal Blues will spend the holidays in the basement of the table.
Coach Baum had asked for seven points for the last three games before Christmas. After the unfortunate 2-2 draw at FC Augsburg, victories on Saturday at SC Freiburg and Arminia Bielefeld were mandatory. But the project has already failed against the Breisgauer. The guests seemed more mature without having to shine.
Schalke had problems handling the game. There was nothing to be seen of the good approaches to the Augsburg match. Even midfielder Amine Harit, who was pardoned after a two-week break, did not bring the hoped-for momentum. Only Suat Serdar was agile in the royal blue offensive, giving the hosts the best chance with his shot after a counterattack in the 36th minute.
The Freiburg had more possession and acted more safely on the ball. But they didn’t make much use of their benefits. Sallai (8th) failed early on at Schalke’s goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann, two minutes later Vincenzo Grifo Fährmann checked again. Luck for Schalke when a handball by Sané (26th) was not penalized in his own penalty area. The Freiburg team did not create more offensive tension in the first half.
After the break, the guests started better. Five minutes after the restart, Sallai headed a nice action on Grifo and Jonathan Schmid. After the residue, the Schalke tried to react. But they lacked the playful means. When Sallai raised to 2-0 after a pass from Grifo with his third goal of the season, the game was over. There was nothing to be seen of the hosts standing up. Freiburg was closer to 3-0.