Schalke 04 missed out on a prestigious win at the new rich Hertha from Berlin. The team of coach David Wagner had to be content with a tough 0-0 and threatens to lose in the fight for the Champions League places. The Berliners, who spent around 80 million euros on new transfers alone for new players in winter, but still have to worry about staying in the league, should be somewhat more satisfied with the draw.
Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel was largely unemployed on his return after the red block and the announcement of his move to Bayern Munich and was received by his own fans without the feared insults.
Of Hertha’s four winter transfers, only Santiago Ascacibar played as a midfield clearer from the start. Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek came on as a cheer in the 63rd minute and almost scored his first goal, while Cunha is currently playing with Brazil’s U23 team for an Olympic ticket. Lucas Tousart was immediately loaned back to Olympique Lyon for the second half of the year.
At the start of the game, the guest fans made clear on a large poster what they thought was the biggest difference between Schalke and Hertha, in which investor Lars Windhorst had acquired 49.9 percent of the shares: “Registered association”.
Schalke’s Ozan Kabak is lucky
On the grass, the royal blues, who had lost 5-0 at Bayern Munich a week ago, found the game a little better. Driven by a lively, but often faulty Amine Harit, the Schalke tried to crack the defense bulwark of the Herthanians. Except for the shot by Weston McKennie (45. + 1), which the Herthan Maximilian Mittelstädt and Rune Jarstein drove over the crossbar, nothing came of it at first.
On the other hand, Nübel had practically nothing to do in the first half, the Berliners hardly got into the opposing penalty area. Dodi Lukebakio was a striker for Davie Selke, who switched to Werder Bremen on Friday. The Belgian also often turned to the wings or dropped into midfield and was therefore missing as a reference station in the center.
After the change of sides, both teams took a little more risk, which led to opportunities on both sides. The biggest missed Schalke striker Benito Raman (58.) after a bad pass by Hertha defender Dedryck Boyata. In the 52nd minute, Schalke’s central defender Ozan Kabak was lucky that referee Sascha Stegemann didn’t penalize his jersey in the penalty area against fast Javairo Dilrosun. Piatek was unlucky when a header landed just next to the goal ten minutes after his substitution (73.).