A little relief could be seen on the faces of the Schalke winless pros, but the bitter series remains. The Royal Blues came to a 1: 1 (0: 0) against Union Berlin in the home debut of coach Manuel Baum and took the first point of the new season.
Marvin Friedrich brought Urs Fischer’s guest team into the lead in the 55th minute of the game, while substitute Goncalo Paciencia (69th) saved the draw for Schalke. “We’re not in a good situation,” said the Schalke goal scorer: “It’s a long way. Today we got a point, that’s a step forward. We have to see the positive – we deserve the point. ” Former Berlin-based Steven Skrzybski said: “We have to keep working hard. But with the bile and the grip, I’m sure that we can knock the buck over. “
Six days before the Revier derby at Borussia Dortmund, the Royal Blues showed at least commitment, willingness to run and a small increase in performance compared to the three bitter bankruptcies before the well-graduated Berliners. Nevertheless, the Revierclub has been without a win for 20 Bundesliga games. Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe said: “At the moment it feels like we’ve given away two points.”
Schalke’s new head coach Baum had turned the team inside out: six newcomers, including the newcomers Vedad Ibisevic and Kilian Ludewig, joined the starting line-up after the 0: 4 in Leipzig. 19-year-old Can Bozdogan, who had recently extended his contract to 2024, replaced Mark Uth (muscular problems) in the offensive headquarters. The Schalke midfielder also gave the first shot on the Union goal, which was again guarded by Luthe despite the commitment of Loris Karius.
“During the week the coach spoke to us, which made me happy, of course,” said Luthe. Karius is “a good colleague. I appreciate him. “
After a good 20 minutes, the Berliners launched promising attacks. Ferryman representative Frederik Rönnow had to use all his skills against Grischa Prömel (21st) and Robert Andrich (22nd) to avoid falling behind. After all, the Revier kickers could tell that they wanted to end the bitter series. Right-back Ludewig, on loan from Salzburg, made a good Bundesliga debut.
However, in front of 300 admitted spectators, the hosts lacked brilliant ideas and precision in the game forward. For example, Ibisevic, who was called up for the first time in the starting eleven, missed usable passes and was something in the air.
Once again it was Rönnow who initially saved Schalke from 0-1 shortly after the move. He quickly fended off a shot from Christopher Lenz (47th). But a few minutes later the Dane was defeated by Friedrich’s header after a cross from Trimmel. Shortly after falling behind, Paciencia came in for the pale Ibisevic. And the Portuguese striker actually managed to equalize 1-1 with his head ten minutes after being substituted on – a small glimmer of hope for Schalke.